In Scotland Easter is a very important time of year. It is a time to become united for rich church celebrations, for relaxation and leisure and for fun and spending time with loved ones, usually hunting out eggs on a trail or watching horse displays and battle re-enactments. This year unfortunately it won’t be possible to enjoy public celebrations but why not setting up your own Easter egg hunt around your house or garden? Or turn your hand to one of these crafty afternoon ac
Scotland has a broad legacy of myths and legends that stem from Celtic culture and date back to around 2000 years ago. Superstition was widespread and natural and supernatural events were explained with stories that gave rise to a vast fairy-tale literature. Fairy tales were in fact, not only used to provide a key to understanding natural phenomena, but also used as a warning for young people: the stories of demons and evil characters served to keep children away from deep wa
We published a few Scottish traditional meals before here and now we would like to review some of the typical Scottish dishes for the ones who don’t eat meat and its derivatives; find below a selection of vegetarian recipes that will make you appreciate the great Scottish food even more. Vegetarian Haggis Img Source Ingredients: 300g of tinned borlotti beans, rinsed, roughly chopped
30g of butter
5 shallots, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
80g of shiita
Surprisingly enough, Winter in Scotland can be a lucky time to view wildlife in action.
Although many animals will leave for warmer climates or to snuggle into hibernation, there is still plenty of wildlife to see between snow-capped mountains, frosted forests, tranquil lochs and rivers.
Wherever you are headed, inland, coasts, even busy city environment, you can still spot varieties of wildlife, but what are the most popular birds and animals to look out for in Scotland? 1
Every 25th of January in Scotland we celebrate Burns’ Night or Burns’ Supper.
With this special day we salute the Winter Festivals’ season inaugurated on Saint Andrew’s day, but what this tradition really is and who was Robert Burns? Robert Burns, also known as Rabbie Burns, the National Bard, Bard of Ayrshire and the Ploughman Poet was in fact a Scottish poet, one of the most loved if not the most loved. Img Source Burns is a symbol of Scotland and told the history of Scotl
Winter is often pictured as a dark, cold and boring season but reality is that Scotland is a very magical place, especially during the holidays. Think about arrays of twinkling lights, a nice cuppa of mulled wine, ice rinks with children laughing and Christmas market all around town where you can buy very nice handmade presents and decorations. Scotland has a unique and rich winter heritage: starting from St Andrew’s celebrations to Christmas day, Hogmanay and Burn’s Night, S
The Highland Club provides self-catering accommodation but we’d like to also provide some foodie inspiration to practise during your stay with us.
From family friendly to fancy meals to vegetarian options, we will try to inspire you with some Highland recipes using the best Scottish ingredients, sourced locally and chosen as a result of their availability around Fort Augustus region.
Breakout your apron and get ready to whip up some fantastic dishes! Whisky cured salmon wit
As November approaches, you might have heard about Bonfire night or Guy Fawkes night.
For those who aren’t British you might ask yourself what is that all the people are talking about. So then, what is Bonfire night? This fire cracking evening steps back to 1605 when Guy Fawkes and his friends failed to blow up King James I and the House of Parliament; if you have seen V for Vendetta, Guy Fawkes is the guy behind the inspiration of the famous Hollywood movie.
It is also cal
It might come as a surprise but it is actually possible to spot the Northern Lights in Scotland without having to go to Norway or Alaska and break your piggy bank.
Northern Scotland has in fact the same latitude as Stavanger in Norway and that represents a good chance of spotting the Aurora Borealis! But let’s go with order, what are exactly the Norther Lights?
These are collisions between solar electrically charged particles that enter the earth’s atmosphere. The lights ar
The Highland Club has a long history, far beyond its time as a monastery and Abbey. Supposedly started around 1350, our site on the southern shores of Loch Ness was originally the location of the Old Castle of Kiliwhinan, otherwise known as Kilcumein. Though there is no archaeological evidence remaining, the old plans for the barracks mark the old castle. Not much is known about the old castle other than it existed, though there is a tradition that it may have been an old for
Autumn is a beautiful time of year to visit the Highlands; the landscapes are shining through the autumnal colours and the skies have a wonderful glow. No wonder why Scotland is still the dream of many travellers, from September to November temperatures are moderately warm and the air is fresh and crispy and it smells of earth. Image Source Peak season is over and that means crowds have thinned too, you can find a lot of things to do during your autumnal break without the str
The Harry Potter series is probably the most famous to come out of Scotland, from its origins in Edinburgh to its filming locations over the country. Some of the most memorable scenes of the films were shot in the Highlands, from Hagrid’s abode to the journeys on the Hogwarts Express. We have create a little visual guide to help you explore all our neighbouring landmarks for the true Harry Potter super fans out there! Glenfinnan Viaduct In fact, Harry Potter features the Glen
If you are planning a trip to the Scottish Highlands these few travel essentials suggestions could become handy when packing your suitcase, or even better a backpack (if your holiday includes a lot of walking you definitely want to be comfortable)! Whether you are travelling around Loch Ness or visiting Isle of Skye or Orkney Island, you will in fact find out that this northern part of Scotland is on the wilder side of the country and deeply immerse in nature. So, first of al
You all probably know about Scotland, about its beautiful scenery and its wild lands with nature at its best, you might also know about its history but there might be something you still don’t know! We delved a little deeper and discovered a few interesting and funny trivia pieces you ought to know before travelling to the Highlands! Here are the best Scottish fun facts! 1. The official animal of Scotland is the unicorn. In Celtic mythology it’s a symbol of purity and power.
A family friendly Highlands holiday is the perfect retreat for parents and kids alike. Recently chosen as Lonely Planet’s ‘Best in Travel’, it is a top location for everyone in the family to tick off. We’re here to provide all the tips and tricks so you can enjoy your family trip to the Scottish Highlands. Why the Scottish Highlands? The real answer to this question is why not the Scottish Highlands? From Harry Potter to Outlander, the Loch Ness Monster to castles galore, we
Summer in the Highlands is arguably the best time of the year! With summer comes sunshine, wafting breezes, and all the Highlands Summer events! To keep you in the know, we’ve listed 10 of our favourite events happening around Fort Augustus and Loch Ness. Read through and begin planning your holiday now! Ness Con 4th July If you’re an anime fan or if you love cosplaying or simply want to gawp at the spectacle, Ness Con is hitting Inverness on 4th July. Watch all the Highlande
When organising a trip to the Highlands, where you choose to stay is the first hurdle. The Highlands are deceptively big and there is an abundance of things to tick off whilst you roam the captivating northern landscape. But the first and (dare we say it) only area you should consider is simple: Loch Ness. Linked famously as the habitat of the Loch Ness Monster, mythological creature hunters and wilderness enthusiasts have flocked to Loch Ness for years. Of the Highlands, it
VisitScotland has launched its first itinerary dedicated to health and wellness. The online guide focuses on the themes of mind, body and spirit and aims to inspire visitors while travelling for their well-being.
Travelling is not only a destination but also a way to enhance and maintain personal happiness and welfare. According to a recent research commissioned by the national tourism organisation, almost a third of people in Great Britain (32%) see Scotland as an ideal de
For those visiting who have an interest in medieval history, the Highlands is a great place to come to find out more about the Viking settlers in the British Isles! More and more is being found about the impact on Vikings in the Highlands, from the first Viking boat burial found on the shores at Ardnaurchan, to the Viking shi