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Crathes Castle - Visit Scotland With Halloween all around us this 31st October, our blog reflects on Myth & Magic of the area. Myths and magic are so tightly woven into Scotland's history that it's sometimes impossible to separate reality from legend. Beyond the official histories are the stories that were passed on by word of mouth, of ghosts and witches and curses... Scottish Witch Hunt from the National Library of Scotland Royal Deeside is no different and has had its fair share of tales, too many to retell here. However when witch-hunting mania swept the northeast of Scotland in the late 16th...
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Highland Games are as iconically Scottish as bagpipes, kilts and whisky - all of which feature heavily at any gathering. Highland games in their current form date to 1867, but it seems likely that the Victorian event was merely a revival of a much older tradition that ceased after the suppression of clan customs following the 1745 Jacobite rising. The oldest free Highland Games in Scotland is held each June in Ceres and began under a Charter awarded by Robert the Bruce in recognition of the villagers' support at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314. Today the games are noted...
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A "Burns Supper" is a celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns the author of many Scots poems. Traditional suppers are held on or near the poet's birthday, 25 January, "Rabbie Burns Day" However, in principle, celebrations may be held at any other time of the year.