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What “Simply Scottish” Means

Could there be anything more simply Scottish than a dry stane dyke? Found all over Scotland and elsewhere in the British Isles, these walls are made of large stones held together without the use of mortar by the compressional force of each interlocking stone. You’ll find them lining driveways, forming boundary walls between fields, and … Continue reading

Where Did All the Highlanders Go?

The more you study the history of the Scottish highlands during the 18th and 19th centuries, the more upset you become. It’s impossible not to be deeply moved by the violence, betrayal, upheaval, and general difficulty experienced by the Highland clans during this time in their history. On two recent episodes of Simply Scottish, we … Continue reading

Scottish Associations in North America

Scots, a nineteenth-century observer from London, England, was keen to point out, ‘herd together … not touched, except by each other.’ These words resonate loudly with many a Scot abroad: their propensity to come together with fellow Scots is, in fact, a defining characteristic of the Scottish diaspora. Nowhere is this more evident than in … Continue reading

Scotland’s Birds and Other Wildlife

2013 is the Year of Natural Scotland, with a host of programs and events designed to celebrate Scotland’s natural beauty and resources. Scotland boasts a diverse range of wildlife, and it’s an amazing place to come and discover a number of rare and even endangered species. A particular haven for birdwatchers, Scotland holds many gems … Continue reading

Contest: A Moment in Scottish History

Scotland has a vast history spanning thousands of years, from the Neolithic village of Skara Brae to the return of the Scottish Parliament in 1999. The story of Scotland is a grand one, with countless pivotal moments marked by bravery, cunning, foresight, desperation, determination, and a deep value for freedom. Simply Scottish celebrates this colorful … Continue reading

Touring Scotland: 5 Sights to Add to Your Next Visit

1. The Royal Yacht Britannia Spend a few hours or a full day touring Her Majesty’s Royal Britannia in Edinburgh. Built in 1953, this opulent vessel was the official touring ship of Queen Elizabeth II and her family. Guests may explore the grand quarters on the ship, take time out for refreshments in the Royal … Continue reading

A New Season for SimplyScottish.com

A new decade, a new season. It’s time for a new SimplyScottish.com! I first launched SimplyScottish.com back in 1999 as a companion to my Scottish radio program Simply Scottish. My father and I produced and co-hosted the weekly radio show from 1999 to 2001. At its peak, it aired in South Texas, Northern Mexico, Ontario … Continue reading

Refuge in the Ruins: Melrose Abbey & Dryburgh Abbey

The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD is enthroned as King forever. The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace. – Psalm 29: 10-11 The kind of peace and solitude offered at abbeys like the ones at Melrose and Dryburgh is one most of us can only dream about today. … Continue reading

Homecoming Scotland 2010: A Journey Ten Years in the Making

As producer of SimplyScottish.com and the new Simply Scottish Blog, I will launch the blog with coverage of my 2010 trip to Scotland. Born in Edinburgh in 1978, I left Scotland with my parents and sister in 1990, living in Texas for 11 years before moving to Seattle. I haven’t lived in Scotland in 20 … Continue reading