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Airds hotel autumn sunset, Port Appin, Argyll, Scotland. Airds hotel views

Airds Hotel, Port Appin, Argyll: Scotland’s Clan Stewart country

At the westernmost edge of the Great Glen stands the Airds Hotel – the perfect get-away-from-it-all Scottish hotel As you enter the edge of Loch Linnhe you know you’re in for a treat — it...
King James I (James VI of Scotland)

Who was James VI? How did he escape the Gunpowder Plot?

King James oversaw a relatively peaceful reign, despite Guy Fawkes trying to blow up the Houses of Parliament. He was King of Scotland as James VI from 1567 and King of England and Ireland...
Adrian Vanson’s Sir John Maitland, 1st Lord Maitland of Thirlestane (1589) and an X-ray view which reveals a portrait hidden underneath the top paint layers

Remarkable portrait of Mary, Queen of Scots discovered under 16th-century painting of a man

Unfinished portrait of controversial 16th-century queen Mary Stuart found under painting of Sir John Maitland. The picture may have been painted and then covered up in dangerous times A rare portrait of Mary, Queen of...
Scottish Highlands. From VisitBritain video on how Siobhan Mackenzie was inspired by Scotlandvideo

Video: Inspired by Scotland – The Scottish Highlands

In this stunning video from VisitBritain and BBC StoryWorks, fashion designer Siobhan Mackenzie reflects on how her roots in the Scottish Highlands have inspired her work What is it like growing up in the Scottish...
Bonnie Prince Charlie, the Young Pretender, Charles Edward Stuart. Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites. The 1745 Jacobite Rebellion

Bonnie Prince Charlie and The Jacobite Rebellion

One of the most pivotal periods in Scottish history, the failed rebellion of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites had widespread repercussions The plot and cast are extraordinary: a foreigner, 52nd in line to the...
Pippa Stephenson, curator of European Art at Glasgow Museums, with the lost Rubens’ painting ‘George Villiers, First Duke of Buckingham’

Lost Rubens painting of Jacobean duke found in Glasgow stately home

Oil painting by leading 17th-century Flemish artist is of George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham - a controversial figure in Jacobean times For years it was thought that a portrait hanging in a stately home...
Seilebost, Luskentyre Sands, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. Beautiful photos of Harris and Lewis

Beautiful photos of Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland

We take a tour of Scotland’s largest island, which is home to some of the most remote settlements in Britain. Take a look at these stunning photos of Lewis and Harris Desolate yet dramatic, windswept...
William Wallace, Scotland's greatest hero

William Wallace, Scotland’s greatest hero

Mel Gibson played him in Braveheart, but William Wallace was, of course, also a real person. He was Scotland’s greatest hero. William Wallace was a knight who became one of the main leaders during the...
Queen Anne (1665-1714) by Sir Godfrey Kneller

Who was Queen Anne? What was her role in the Treaty of Union?

Queen Anne oversaw the Treaty of Union and the Acts of Union bringing England and Scotland together under a single parliament of Great Britain. She reigned from 1702 to 1714 The 18th century was a time...
Mary Queen of Scots

Who was Mary, Queen of Scots? Why was she imprisoned?

Mary Stuart became queen of the Scots when she was six days old, was widowed at 18 and was executed aged 44. She ruled from 1542 to 1567  Mary Queen of Scots was born in 1542,...

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