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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
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.