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Eun a’ Chinn Duibh air a bheil ‘Ceann-fionn’ / The Black-headed ‘White Head’ Bird

Carson a tha na Gàidheil a’ gabhail ‘ceann-fionn’ air eun le ceann dubh? Tha Ruairidh MacIlleathain a’ feuchainn ris an gnothach a shoilleireachadh. / Why do Scotland’s Gaels call penguins ‘white-heads’, despite their being black-headed? Roddy Maclean investigates a nomenclatural … Continue reading

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Aiteann – ceangal eadar Dà Dheoch / Juniper – a link between Gin and Whisky

Bidh daoine a’ ceangal aiteann ri sine ach air a’ Ghàidhealtachd tha am preas cuideachd ceangailte ri uisge-beatha / Juniper is intimately linked with gin but, in the Highlands of Scotland, it also has connections to whisky … Aiteann – … Continue reading

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An t-Ùraisg – Mac-meanmnach no Fìor? / The Urisk – Scotland’s ‘Bigfoot’?

Ma nochdas ainm ‘gnè ainmhidh’ air mapa oifigeil, feumaidh gu bheil e fìor is creideasach … no an fheum …? / If an ‘animal species’ is named on an official map, it must surely be a biological reality …. mustn’t … Continue reading

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An dreathan-donn – eun beag leòmach / the wren – small and ‘conceited’

Ged a tha an dreathan-donn beag, gu dearbh chan eil e bog / The wren might be diminutive, but in Gaelic tradition, it has a high opinion of itself… An dreathan-donn – eun beag leòmach Ann am beul-aithris nan Gàidheal, … Continue reading

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Cnò Mhoire agus ar n-Eadar-cheangaltas / ‘Mary’s Nut’ and our Interconnectedness

Tha cnò iongantach, air a bheil fèill, a’ cur nar cuimhne mar a tha an cuan mòr gar ceangal ri chèile thar na cruinne / A celebrated West Indian bean found on Scottish strands reminds us of how ocean currents … Continue reading

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Uilebheistean a’ Chuain / Gaelic Sea Monsters

An e fìor chreutairean a bh’ anns a’ chionaran-crò agus cìrean-cròin? / Are the great Gaelic sea-monsters merely creatures of myth? Uilebheistean Iongantach a’ Chuain Tha creutairean car annasach nar dualchas a tha a’ fuireach fon mhuir, leithid mhaighdeannan-mara agus … Continue reading

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Iasgair nan Loch / The Fisher of the Lochs

Tha iasgair iteach air a chuimhneachadh ann an Loch an Iasgair / Loch an Iasgair means ‘loch of the fisher’ but it’s not the human variety. ‘Iasgair’ nan Loch Anns an dùthaich mhonadail, gharbh air cùl Pholl Iù, tha loch … Continue reading

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Leigheasann Tonn a’ Chladaich / Thrifty Gaelic Cures

Tha tonn a’ chladaich na leigheas airson dà thinneis, a rèir beul-aithris / Traditional lore identifies thrift as means of curing two ailments. Leigheas airson Trom-inntinn is Ceann-daoraich ’S e tonn a’ chladaich (ris an can cuid neòinean a’ chladaich) … Continue reading

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A’ Ghaoth agus an Aimsir / Wind and Weather

Faodaidh atharrachadh na gaoithe a rèir na combaist innse dhuinn mun aimsir a tha romhainn / The direction of the wind can help us predict the weather, according to traditional lore. Àirde na gaoithe agus ro-innse na h-aimsir Tha seanfhacal … Continue reading

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Very superstitious – nature and folklore in the spotlight

Explore Scotland’s natural environment and you will soon discover that it is packed full of folklore and superstition. Down through the years a close connection with nature led people to interpret its signs and symbols in many weird and wonderful ways. … Continue reading

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