Hello folks, Scotland has many landmarks, today we will look at Holyrood Palace, situated within minutes from Arthurs seat.
If you ever visit Scotland this beautiful Palace is a must see.

Perhaps one of the most famous monarchs to live at the Palace of Holyrood house, Mary, Queen of Scots' chambers where she lived between 1561-1567 are not to be missed. When you climb the steps up to the north-west tower you enter a world of intrigue, tragedy and murder.
Reached by a narrow, steep and winding staircase, this is the oldest section of the palace. Built almost 500 years ago, the battlements and fortified walls are typical of a time when kings and queens required protection against their enemies. A virtual tour is available using the computer located in the Great Gallery. Alternatively explore the online trail all about the queen. 
Bedchamber.Described as ‘the most famous room in Scotland’, the bedchamber is known for its original decorative oak ceiling, painted frieze and incredibly low …


Battle of Flodden.
Hi folks, this is a really interesting part of Scottish History. please enjoy and come back for more.
Battle of Flodden
Part of the War of the League of Cambrai

Flodden Memorial at the site of the battle

Kingdom of England Kingdom of Scotland Commanders and leaders
Catherine of Aragon Earl of Surrey Lord Thomas Howard Lord Edmund Howard Baron Dacre Sir Edward Stanley Marmaduke Constable James IV Lord Home Earl of Montrose Earl of Bothwell Earl of Lennox Earl of Argyll Strength
26,000 30,000–40,000 Casualties and losses
1,500[1] 5,000–17,000[2][3]

Location within Northern England
Date 9 September 1513 Location Near Branxton, Northumberland, England Result English victory show •vte War of the League of Cambrai

show •vte Anglo-Scottish Wars
The Battle of FloddenFlodden Field,
 or occasionally Branxton (Brainston Moor[4]) was a military combat in the War of the League of Cambrai between the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Scotland, resulting in an English victory. The battle was fought…


Hi friends, One of the rather spectacular places in the City of Edinburgh is the Royal Mile, its named because it is one mile long and leads to Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, the Palace is Visited by Her Majesty the Queen once a Year. This street is beautiful with endless Architecture and stories galore, they say certain parts are haunted. If going from HOLYROOD PALACE the road takes you to Edinburgh Castle.
If you have not visited, I highly recommend you do if your love beautiful buildings and History.

Towns & Villages 

Edinburgh's Royal Mile is the heart of Scotland's historic capital. A short walk away is the Grassmarket, an area steeped in the city's colourful history.

Royal Mile, Edinburgh

The Royal Mile runs through the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, connecting the magnificent Edinburgh Castle, perched high on a base of volcanic rock, with the splendorous Palace of Holyroodhouse, resting in the shadow of Arthur's Seat. The Mile is overlooked by impressive, towering…


The Piob Mhor, or the Great Highland Bagpipes

by Ben Johnson

How bagpipes arrived in Scotland is somewhat of a mystery.

Some historians believe that bagpipes originate from ancient Egypt and were brought to Scotland by invading Roman Legions. Others maintain that the instrument was brought over the water by the colonising Scots tribes from Ireland.

Ancient Egypt does appear to have prior claim to the instrument however; from as early as 400 BC the ‘pipers of Thebes’ are reported to have been blowing pipes made from dog skin with chanters of bone. And several hundred years later, one of the most famous exponents of the pipes is said to have been the great Roman Emperor Nero, who may well have been piping rather than fiddling whilst Rome burned.

What is certain however is that bagpipes have existed in various forms in many places around the world. In each country the construction of the basic instrument comprises the same component parts; an air supply, a bag with a chanter and one or more d…


Hey folks.
When I lived in Edinburgh I was about a 10 minute walk away from this glorious landmark.
It is simply beautiful and the views are exceptional from the castle keep.
Edinburgh Castle has played a pivotal role in Scottish history, both as a royal residence – King Malcolm Canmore (r 1058–93) and Queen Margaret first made their home here in the 11th century – and as a military stronghold. The castle last saw military action in 1745; from then until the 1920s it served as the British army's main base in Scotland. Today it is one of Scotland's most atmospheric and popular tourist attractions.

The brooding, black crags of Castle Rock, rising above the western end of Princes St, are the very reason for Edinburgh's existence. This rocky hill was the most easily defended hilltop on the invasion route between England and central Scotland, a route followed by countless armies from the Roman legions of the 1st and 2nd centuries AD to the Jacobite troops of Bonnie Prince Charlie i…

Battle of Aberdeen II 13th September 1644

Battle of Aberdeen II13th September 1644

The Covenanter government of Scotland had allied itself with the English parliament and had entered the war in England in early 1644, the Scottish army having a dramatic impact in the campaign for the north of England. In response, following the royalists’ dramatic defeat at Marston Moor (Yorkshire, July 1644), the King appointed the Marquis of Montrose as his military commander in Scotland. On 28th August 1644 Montrose raised the royal standard and with little more than 2000 troops fought a campaign in which he was to win a series of dramatic successes in the Highlands against the Covenanter forces. Montrose began a campaign intended to present such a threat to the Covenanter government that they would have to recall Leven’s Scottish army from England, and thus swing the balance of the war there back in the royalist favour. In Scotland he might even, in the long run, manage to topple the government and install a regime favourable to the king. Mo…


This poem was written by ROBERT BURNS to celebrate his appreciation of the Haggis. As a result Burns and Haggis have been forever linked.
This particular poem is always the first item on the programme of Burns' suppers. The haggis is generally carried in on a silver salver at the start of the proceedings.
As it is brought to the table a piper plays a suitable, rousing accompaniment.
One of the invited artistes then recites the poem before the theatrical cutting of the haggis with the ceremonial knife.


Address to a Haggis
Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o the puddin'-race!
Aboon them a' ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye worthy o' a grace
As lang's my arm.
The groaning trencher there ye fill,
Your hurdies like a distant hill,
Your pin wad help to mend a mill
In time o need,
While thro your pores the dews distil
Like amber bead.
His kn…


Hi folks, hope you enjoyed the post on Scottish Monarchs part 1 please enjoy part 2.

This page covers all the kings and queens of Scotland from Robert the Bruce in 1306 up to the Union of the Parliaments in 1707 in the reign of Queen Anne. The dates shown beside each entry relates to the years in which they reigned. Part 1 of this feature describes the monarchs from earliest times up to King John. There is also a further page showing a chronology of all the kings and queens of Scotland, England, United Kingdom and France.
Robert I (1306-1329)
Robert the Bruce's grandfather, Robert Bruce of Annandale, who had estates in Huntingdon as well as Scotland, was one of the claimants to the throne of Scotland on the death of Queen Margaret, Maid of Norway, in 1290 (he was a descendant of King Alexander II). On the death of his father, the Earl of Carrick, Robert was reputedly the richest man in England. In 1306, after a quarrel and murdering John Comyn, Robert declared himself Kin…
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