Category Archives: Folklore

Astonishing facts about place names – folklore of the Gaels.

This blog explores part of the rich folklore of the Gaels and the importance of the Gaelic heroines of Scotland and Ireland in the naming of places.  A must read.… An English translation is below Gaelic text. Na Dùin a … Continue reading

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Fascinating Gaelic-named islands of Loch Lomond

Ruairidh MacIlleathain guides us through the fascinating ‘Inches’ – the Gaelic-named islands of Loch Lomond. The English summary can be read underneath the Gaelic. Loch nan Innsean Tha am facal innis a’ nochdadh ann an grunn riochdan ann an ainmean-tìre … Continue reading

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Achlasan Chaluim Chille / Columba’s Armpit Package

Tha lus a tha ceangailte ri meadhan an t-samhraidh cuideachd a’ cuimhneachadh Naomh Ceilteach ainmeil / A plant connected to midsummer also recalls a famous Celtic saint … Tha Lus Chaluim Chille co-cheangailte ri Naomh Eòin ann am Beurla (‘St. … Continue reading

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Lus buidhe Bealltainn – Yellow plant of Beltane

The marsh marigold is a vivid reminder of the close links between Gaelic culture and the Scottish seasons, as Ruairidh MacIlleathain explains. Read the full Gaelic version below. The day that starts the summer, now the first of May, is … Continue reading

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To plant a rowan

From the ruins of old crofts to the landscaped grounds of Great Glen house, the rowan holds a special place in Scottish gardens. Iain Macdonald, SNH’s Biodiversity Strategy Officer, tells its story. I love photographs of isolated croft houses.  You … Continue reading

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