Dec
30

4 Movies about Scotland to Add to Your Must-Watch List

Scotland is a fascinating country brimming with heritage, history, compelling stories, and spectacular sights among others. One visit is barely enough to scratch the surface to understand and see more of its tangible and intangible treasures. If you are thinking of traveling to Scotland at some point and wish to know a bit more about it, books and films about the country can prove handy. In this article, we feature four of the top movies about Scotland to add to your must-watch list.

Culloden (1964)

Culloden is a docudrama by Peter Watkins. This critically-acclaimed film is about the 1746 Battle of Culloden that brought an end to the Jacobite rebellion. This film is not easy to watch for those who may be squeamish about the brutality and harrowing images of war. But it depicts war for what it is – brutal and disturbing. It puts people from both sides of opposing forces in stark relief by providing a glimpse into their reasons or motivations in joining the war.

Local Hero (1983)

Local Hero is a film that may not what you would expect it to be. The story and the related issues it presents are all too familiar. It is essentially a story of an American man sent by an oil magnate to a Scottish fishing village with hopes of acquiring it for the latter’s Knox Oil and Gas company. But the oil executive’s plans did not pan out as expected. This film is a poignant journey into a breathtaking place that would make you want to root for anyone who would wish to protect it.

Macbeth (1971)

The Tragedy of Macbeth is an adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most iconic plays. It stands out for its grim portrayal of a story steeped with darkness fueled by ambition, murder, revenge and the resulting madness. It is a gripping and haunting film that takes you into the convoluted and messy outcomes of ambition, revenge, and guilt.

Sunshine on Leith (2013)

Sunshine on Leith is an uplifting story about two soldiers and longtime best friends Davy (George MacKay) and Ally (Kevin Guthrie) who finished their tour in Afghanistan and has returned to their hometown of Edinburgh. Based on a Scottish band musical, this film may be teeming with clichés for some are not into what seems like formulaic approach to the conflicts and resolutions. But it is a feel good movie that features engaging tunes and stunning views of Edinburgh.

Apr
6

Durable Bread Machine: Makes a Perfect Bread Story

bread making

Baking a tasty loaf or kneading many loaves of bread become so easy with the use of a most reliable bread machine. Even though you don’t have the amazing skill of a baker, owning the machine will help you satisfy your cravings for a delicious and nutritious homemade bread.  Go for the best bread machine on the market because having one in your kitchen can be the source of your great happiness. Let’s get to know how a durable bread machine can make a perfect bread story that you’ll surely love to munch.

Bread machines with superb performance and durability can make you more interested in displaying your great kneading and baking prowess.  Owning one of these excellent performers in the baking world makes thousands of owners really happy and satisfied.  The supreme delight of making a delicious and nutritious loaf of bread for your family is possible with the best features of the versatile bread machine. You can as well have your pick from the most basic recipes to complex ones.

Waking up each morning to the tasty aroma of a freshly-baked bread is a fantastic experience that makes you realize that you have made a great investment worth its value.  It is an ultimate worthwhile investment. If it is your joy of serving the best bread for your family, then owning a durable bread machine is a must. The great opportunity of making your own bread using staple ingredients make the bread machines popular appliances and a must-have in the kitchen.

Enjoying preservative-free bread is an awesome experience you can best share to your family and friends.  Being conscious of the individual ingredients of your bread can make you even more careful with your health. This is the best bread story that most bread lovers want to expound.  Homemade loaves of bread are far more delicious and nutritious than in store-purchased bread.

The best bread machines will make you eat your tasty bread every day without limit. A fully-featured machine can make you exceptionally bake your best bread every day. You can knead and bake many loaves of bread if you want to and satisfy the bread cravings of your whole family. You can as well share it with your friends and bring the baking inspiration to all.

 

Apr
5

Learning More About Woodworking In Scotland

woodworking

Ever wondered how pieces of furniture are made? How about other wood crafts?

Learn more about woodworking in Scotland at these places:

The Chippendale International School Of Furniture

As the Chippendale International School of Furniture celebrates their 30th year anniversary, it has been made clear that furniture making is definitely a world-class skill.

Located in East Lothian, specifically in Gifford, the Chippendale International School of Furniture was founded in 1985 and has long since been ranked among the world’s best furniture making schools. It’s worth noting that they only welcome 25 students each year to learn more about both old-style and modern furniture making techniques.

The Chippendale International School of Furniture provides a 30-week full course – which includes fine woodworking, furniture design, and furniture restoration lessons. They also provide short courses for those who are not yet sure on how to go about furniture making later on. Moreover, they have an incubation space with complete resources for those who are just starting out after graduating.

Scottish Woodland Skills Centre

Located a few miles north of Alyth in Perthshire, the Scottish Woodland Skills Centre is an epitome of richness – in history and in trees.

The centre is situated on a large area, along with the following: a green activity space surrounded by trees and an off-grid bothy trough run by wind turbines. It’s worth noting that the said bothy trough is heated by a wood stove and made with recycled materials – further making the Scottish Woodland Skills Centre a perfect setting for various woodwork and outdoor activities.

The Scottish Woodland Skills Centre offers wood carving, spoon carving, bowl carving, green woodworking, chainsaw usage, forge usage, bush crafting, coppice crafting, willow weaving, knife making, furniture making, and a whole lot more. They often add new courses, too – which you can check out on scottishwoodlandskillscentre.co.uk.

In conclusion, woodworking is not just something one can master overnight. Time, effort, lots of courses, and years of experience – those are what you need to fully become a woodworking expert. You also need to consider the place you’ll learn woodworking from, just like in those places mentioned above. Better yet, go and visit nearby sawmills, woodlands, exhibitions, and even parks to see and experience firsthand how it’s like to work in the wood industry and for you to learn more about woodworking – its history, its impact, its contribution, and even the right kind of tools (e.g. a wood lathe or a table saw).

Mar
31

Scotland Travel, Views, News, and Stories

Eilean Donan Castle Scotland

Ready your kilts and bagpipes because in this article, we are going to travel to Scotland!

Scottish people are stereotypically known for these things. Bagpipes, kilts, whiskey, porridge, haggis and the Loch Ness Monster. Every movie and every show that portrays a Scottish guy can be identified with these features.

Yes, it is true that the bagpipe still exists in Scotland but not actually as frequent as we know. There’s a show where they feature about 100 bagpipers at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the on Glasgow Green that happens every August that you should absolutely see.

Kilts are making a comeback with the help of the glamorous fashion designers that uses traditional Scottish outfit on their models to show them at catwalks.

Travel

Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond. Beautiful. Innit?

There are many tourist destinations in Scotland. One of which is the Eilean Donan Castle. You can travel back through time by going to this marvelous castle, one of the most recognizable in Scotland. Amazing view, fresh mountain breeze. What more can you ask for?

You should also visit Loch Lomond (Loch stands for “Lake”). Considered as The Queen of Scottish Lakes. You can trek through it or through a boat trip. Captivating views, wonderful scenery. Definitely worth the time.

Food and Beverages

Scotland has been known for this famous dish. Haggis. Made of sheep’s innards (lungs, heart and liver) encased in an animal stomach. Sounds yuck? Yeah it might sound a little gross at first, but when you taste it, it is quite delicious. They say that it has a nutty and savory flavor to it. Yum!

They are also known for whiskey and ale. But they are also known for being health conscious at the same time. Juicing is widely popular in Scotland nowadays. Packed with essential nutrients and detoxifying properties, juice made its way to the hearts (and stomachs) of the Scottish people. If you want to learn more about the terrific benefits of juicing, you can visit this site : http://juicerkings.com/.

Most of their dishes are influenced by French cuisine. You should also try their porridge and meat pies. Perfect for the people who wants the savory taste on their tastebuds.

Thank you for reading. I hope that you learned something from it. Until next time, Guidbye!

Mar
24

The Origin Of Chainsaws

Let’s face it: most of us think that “chainsaws” are out to get us – and it’s all thanks to “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” movie franchise. But did you know where this handy tool originated?

chainsaw hacking wood

Mostly used for cutting down trees, a chainsaw is a portable mechanical tool with chain rotating along a guide bar. To start using one, just pull on the electric cord that comes with it. Just remember to steer clear from anything that, or anyone who, might be accidentally cut and that you are holding it right –holding its front handle with your left hand, grabbing its rear handle with your right hand, keeping your legs apart for stability, and simply pulling its brake to disengage.

There are four basic types of chainsaws: the manual one, the gas-powered one, the electric-powered one, and the battery-powered one.

According to SFGate, the manual one consists of an ordinary chain with handles at each end and cuts on both directions of its rotation. The gas-powered one is easily distinguishable because of its revving and then idling characteristic. The electric-powered one is deemed more advantageous than gas-powered ones with its light weight. The battery-powered one is meant to overcome the limitations set by other chainsaw types, but also comes with its own limitation of needing to be charged from time to time.

For more information about chainsaws and other types of saws, visit sawingpros.com.

Now, brace yourselves – all these chainsaw types and the concept of this handy tool itself is said to originate from Scotland. Yes, you read that right. Thing is, before chainsaws became an outdoor tool, it was used for indoors – specifically, for surgeries. And yes, you read that right again. An abstract paper found on the National Center for Biotechnology Information states that chainsaws were first seen and used by Scottish doctors John Aitken and James Jeffray way back in the late 18th century. Although its original place of invention is still debatable, the paper mentions the two doctors doing all sorts of medical researches and achieving breakthroughs with a chainsaw as their primary tool for symphysiotomy and excision of diseased bone.

Now, that’s really interesting – a chainsaw as a primary tool to treat bone diseases, instead of having the usual perception of it being just a tool for hacking away trees and *gulp* body parts in horror movies.

leatherface from texas chainsaw massacre

Stay tuned for more Scottish stories on this blog!

Dec
11

10 of the Best Places to Visit in Scotland

To say that Scotland is stunning seems like an understatement. Its rich history and heritage, diverse terrains, and dramatic sceneries defy the imagination. It is a place of captivating sights and compelling tales – best experienced than heard or read. There are many reasons to fall in love with the country. And here are just some of them.

Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Top attractions: Calton Hill and the National Monument, Edinburgh Castle, Greyfriars Church, Holyrood Abbey, Holyrood Park, Museum of Childhood, National Library of Scotland, National Museum of Scotland, National Portrait Gallery, Our Dynamic Earth, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Princes Street, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, St Giles Cathedral, the Royal Botanic Garden, The Royal Mile, the Royal Yacht Britannia,

Glasgow
Glasgow
Top attractions: The Bagpipe Museum, Bellahouston Park, Charles Mackintosh’s House for an Art Lover, George Square, Glasgow Cathedral, Glasgow Green, Hunterian Museum, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Kibble Palace, Mackintosh’s Art Academy, the National Piping Centre, the People’s Palace, Pollok House, Riverside Museum, St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, the Tall Ship, the University of Glasgow

Inverness
Inverness
Top attractions: Beauly Gallery, Cawdor Castle, Culloden Battlefield and Visitors Centre, Glen Ord Distillery, Inverness Castle, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, St Andrew’s Cathedral, The Scottish Kiltmaker Visitor Centre, the Titanic Inverness Maritime Museum, Urquhart Castle

Aberdeen
Aberdeen
Top attractions: Aberdeen Art Gallery, the Aberdeen International Youth Festival, Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Brig o’Balgownie, Castlegate, Cruickshank Botanic Gardens, the Kirk of St Nicholas Uniting, Marischal College, Provost Skene’s House, St Machar’s Cathedral, the Satrosphere Science Centre, the University and King’s College of Aberdeen

Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye
Top attractions: The Clan Donald Centre, Coral Beach, climbing in Cuillin, Dunvegan Castle, the Fairy Glen, the Fairy Pools, Loch Coruisk, the Old Man of Storr, Neist Point Lighthouse, the Quiraing, Rubha Hunish, the Sea Eagles, Skyeskyns showroom, the Talisker Whisky, the Village of Boreraig,

Loch Ness
Loch Ness
Top attractions: The Caledonian Canal, Drumnadrochit village, Fort Augustus, Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition, Loch Oich, Nessie – The Legend of the Loch Ness Monster, Spean Bridge, Urquhart Castle

Fort William
Jacobite Steam Train
Top attractions: Ben Nevis, Jacobite Steam Train, Lochaber Geopark, Nevis Range, Road to the Isles, West Highland Museum

Cairngorms National Park
Cairngorms National Park
Top attractions: Atholl Country Life Museum, Balmoral Castle, Blair Castle and Gardens, Blair Castle Trekking Centre, Braemar Castle, Cairngorm Brewery, Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, Clan Macpherson Museum, Dalwhinnie Distillery, Drumin Castle, Funicular Railway, Highland Folk Museum, Inshriach Nursery, Loch an Eilein, Royal Lochnagar Distillery, Speyside Distillery, Strathspey Steam Railway Aviemore, Tomatin Distillery, Wild Mountain Garden

Shetland Islands
Shetland Islands
Top attractions: Broch of Culswick, Broch of Mousa, Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement, Ness of Burgi Fort, Old Scatness, Out Skerries, Ronas Hill, Scalloway Castle, Scalloway Museum, Shetland Museum, Shetland Textile Museum, Tangwick Haa Museum, Unst Boat Haven, the Up Helly Aa Festival

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
Top attractions: Ben Lomond, the Highland Boundary Fault, the Island of Inchmurrin, Loch Katrine, Loch Lomond Shores, the lochs, the Maid of the Loch, the National Park Centre, the National Route 7, Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, the Rob Roy Visitor Centre, Rosneath Castle, the West Highland Way