The history of tartan is an intricate weave
The Royal Mile – the main thoroughfare of Edinburgh’s Old Town running downhill between the city’s old Castle and Holyrood Palace – makes history seem very recent.
What does a Scotsman wear under his kilt?
On a tour around Edinburgh city center, the kilted guide is highly entertaining, even when one woman inevitably asks him what he is wearing under it. “My socks,” he says.
The pub where everybody knows a song
In Edinburgh, drinking is about more than just fine whiskey. It’s about community.
Edinburgh's Royal Mile: beauty that tugs on the heart
At St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh’s historic church and one of the architectural landmarks along its Royal Mile in Old Town, I see a groom and his friends in matching kilts, with the bride in traditional white.
Scotland's capital grows in confidence
Beside Edinburgh Cathedral stands a lead statue of King Charles II, the oldest in Scotland. It was erected in 1685, the year of his death, and marks perhaps the last time Scotland and England fully agreed on a monarch.
Sikh and you'll find a tartan
Every clan in Scotland has its own tartan pattern: memorialized on a clan-specific kilt. The Macdonalds. The MacFarlanes. The Macduffs. And the Singhs...
How far can you throw a tree trunk?
The geographical heart of Scotland is at Pitlochry, a pretty village surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Their Highland Games are a celebration of Scottish culture, bringing pipe bands and contestants from around the country and further afield.
When no drama led to a wee dram
Single track roads and amazing scenery caused me to be late at Donald John McKay’s, a weaver on the island of Harris who won an order for tweed cloth from Nike.
Scotland’s capital grows in self-confidence every year
Hello Edinburgh, capital of a Scotland that grows in self-confidence and embraces its national identity as it gains more independence from the United Kingdom. Its "Royal Mile" of shops sells instantly recognizable Scottish icons such as tartan and kilts to the more than three million visitors who come every year, attracted by events such as the Edinburgh Festival, the world's largest arts festival.