If I trace my family tree, it’s only two generations back that I find my clan name, clan Hunter of Hunterston. Through this line I can trace my lineage back hundreds of years to clan Stewart royalty (illegitimately, of course). It’s fascinating to explore the clan system and my history, and visiting this far away country within the United Kingdom has long been a dream of mine. We finally made it, and fell in love with this ruggedly beautiful country of my ancestors, this land of lochs and legends.
Fàilte gu Alba. Welcome to Scotland. In Scottish Gaelic, Scotland is known as Alba, and Alba was once Caledonia. Just like it’s name, Scotland has a history shrouded in mystery with hints everywhere of long-gone civilisations and the people that built Scotland from the dawn of the world, like the neolithic settlement, Skara Brae.
Scotland has been romanticised through poetry and song for centuries. Spending time there, it’s easy to understand why!
No matter where you go in Scotland, a castle isn’t far away. These war-torn lands have seen the test of time, and you can easily spend an entire trip to Scotland hopping from one castle to the next, from political strongholds like Stirling and Edinburgh to iron age brochs and everything in between.
Exploring Scotland, it’s impossible to miss the natural beauty that the fascinating tapestry of history has been woven around. The landscape is dotted with lochs and lochans that take your breath away and have themselves become a part of the mythology of Scotland.