National Museum of Scotland – Free themed tours in September

Window on the World, National Museum of Scotland
Window on the World, National Museum of Scotland

1 – 30 September 2015
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street, Edinburgh
0300 123 6789

Meet the Guide at the Tour Meeting Point, Entrance Hall Level

Topics include:
Our Roman Legacy
Scottish Sporting Successes
Steam Engines
Vikings Ahoy!
18th Century Scotland

For more information, please see here.

Doors Open Days Scotland 2015


A note from Historic Scotland regarding Doors Open Days 2015 (

As part of this year’s Doors Open Days celebrations, Historic Scotland and The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) are teaming up with partners across the country to open the doors of places usually closed to the public.
Visitors will be able to find out how The Engine Shed is progressing, glimpse behind the scenes at RCAHMS, and explore Trinity House in Leith. Doors are opening in different areas every weekend in September, with planned events ranging from talks on Glasgow’s industrial heritage to guided tours exploring the hidden gems of Perthshire. The first Historic Scotland sites to open their doors are Dundonald Castle and Skelmorlie Aisle on the 5th and 6th of September.
In Stirling on September 12th, visitors are encouraged to release their inner stonemason, archivist or architect with a day of family-friendly fun at the Engine Shed conservation centre.  Visitors can try their hand at traditional skills as well as speaking to Stirling Council archives about the history of their home, and Historic Scotland staff will be on hand to explain about this ambitious conservation project.
In Edinburgh on the 26th, RCAHMS will open the doors to its incredible archives for a special day dedicated to Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink. Unique photographs and drawings of historical shops, pubs, distilleries and factories will take centre stage, and experts will give talks and behind-the-scenes tours.
Trinity House is also gearing up for a family weekend of fun on September 26th and 27th, with the chance to handle objects and enjoy craft activities, quizzes and family trails. Visitors can take a self-led tour of Leith’s maritime gem, and use the latest technologies to uncover the stories behind our collections. Historic Scotland conservators will also be on hand to talk about the work we carry out on our vast painting collections.
Commenting on this year’s Doors Open Days, Rosie Wylie, National Tourism and Community Manager for Historic Scotland said: “we are proud to take part in Doors Open Days, which offer visitors the chance to see some of the nation’s most interesting hidden gems.
“It’s a fantastic initiative coordinated by the Scottish Civic Trust, and a huge team effort. The range of events we support wouldn’t be possible without the help of groups like The Friends of Dundonald, Largs Museum Trust, Dunkeld and Birnam Historical Society and the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative who run fantastic guided tours to help visitors experience these sites.”
Some of the tours are very limited and you will need to book ahead. Please see our website for a full list of participating sites, and booking details:
For the full programme of buildings opening across Scotland, visit the Doors Open Days website

Winds of Change


I wanted to write something as I feel like I have been a little absent on my blog for a while now.  We moved house about a month ago and I am still trying to get used to the fact that we really are here and not just on holidays.  It still feels a bit surreal.

My blogging about Scotland has not been as free-flowing as it has been in the past and I am in the middle of wanting to either re-invent my page or start something completely new.  I still love Scotland as much as I ever did but I feel like perhaps this particular blog has run its course. I am humbled by the fact that people are still finding me and reading my blog even though my entries have not been very frequent recently.

So my thought is I love to write about Scotland, Ireland and Nova Scotia which have a common thread of roots. I have thought about writing a blog about all three but I am not sure what to call it.

I have also thought about just beginning a personal blog about our new journey here in Nova Scotia.  Also not sure what to call it although I have been considering a nautical theme … possibly?

September feels like a good place to start so I am hoping to begin something new once a routine of life begins again and things settle down.

For now, I’m sending you a video of my new place. I hope you enjoy it.  :)

Arran Art Bus


If you’re planning on attending the Arran Open Studios event this year ( August 14-17, 2015), there is a handy bus that will pick you up and drop you off at the ferry. Details are as follows:

Friday-south west of the island
Saturday-north of the island
Sunday-south east of the island.
It’s also a great way to have a mini tour of our beautiful island.
The cost is £10 -adult per day.
£2 – under 16 and under 5s free.
The bus will leave the ferry terminal each day at 10.55am