A Guide to Weather in Scotland

A Guide to Weather in Scotland

Scotland’s weather is a whole other topic of conversation that typically comes up in everyday chat at least once or twice. Our weather can be unpredictable and changes so often that you may well experience all four seasons in one day, but it’s unlikely. The best advice we can give you is: be prepared!

 

 

Scottish weather is often mild, with a moderate chance of rain, but that never stops us from making the most of the day, no matter what the weather throws at us. From windy walks on the beach or sunny bike rides on woodland trails, to gorge walking in the drizzle or skiing and snowboarding on real snow – there’s plenty you can do come rain or shine (or even snow!).

There are a few things to remember to bring with you to make sure your time in Scotland is enjoyable and memorable:

  • The right clothing! There’s nothing worse than being stuck outdoors without the right jacket or pair of shoes for the terrain or landscape you’re on.
  • An umbrella always comes in handy for those unexpected showers.
  • Sunglasses may be needed for those glorious days of sunshine… yes, we do see the sun in Scotland!
  • Remember to layer up. Bring plenty of t-shirts and a snug jumper, or why not buy a knitted jumper made of Scottish wool while you’re here?

Scotland’s varied weather benefits a lot outdoor pursuits, activities and sightseeing opportunities across the country. Our long summer days mean you have more daylight to explore Scotland’s landscape and the further north you go the more daylight you get, so this is a great time to explore the Highlands and northern corners of Scotland. With the strong, steady currents, the Atlantic and North seas can produce some of the best surfing conditions in Europe. There are miles of picturesque coastline that provide the perfect location to try your hand at surfing, or a range of other watersports too.

The history of Scotland’s most famous clans

The history of Scotland’s most famous clans

Series in which Paul Murton uncovers the history of Scotland’s most famous clans. He begins his journey by exploring his own MacGregor ancestry. In the 17th century this Highland clan reached such heights of infamy that it was outlawed by the State and the name MacGregor became punishable by death.

 

 

For almost 400 years the MacDonalds dominated the Highlands and Islands of Scotland but at the end of the 15th century this mighty clan was ripped apart by a bitter family feud. The struggle between father and son had disastrous consequences from which the MacDonalds never recovered.

 

 

During the 16th century terrible atrocities were committed as rival Highland clans battled for supremacy. The Age of Feuds and Forays was a high point for Gaelic culture but one stained with blood. One clan in particular flourished during this violent chapter in Scottish history and its name was MacLeod.

 

 

There can be few Highland Clans more mired in bloodshed than Clan Campbell. The Campbells combined an understanding of the law with formidable might to become the most powerful and influential clan in the country. But in the middle of the 17th century Scotland was ravaged by a bloody civil war that gave the Campbell’s bitter rivals, the MacDonalds an opportunity to exact revenge. Thousands died as these two mighty Highland Clans battled for supremacy.

 

Eurovision 2018: Dates, Odds, Plus Everything Else You Need To Know

Eurovision 2018: Dates, Odds, Plus Everything Else You Need To Know

This year’s event marks the 63rd annual Song Contest, where countries from across the continent – and a select few others – battle it out at the campest event in the musical calendar.

The 43 participating delegations have taken to the Blue Carpet at the MAAT museum complex in Lisbon. Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal and will host the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in 2018! Get ready as Eurovision is just around the corner

When is Eurovision 2018?

This year’s grand finale takes place on Saturday 12 May, airing on BBC One from 8pm. The live semi-finals will be held on the Tuesday and Thursday prior to the final and broadcast on BBC Four.

Participants in 2018

The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest will see 42 countries take to the stage in Lisbon. The 2018 edition will be a special year for Sweden which will celebrate the 60th anniversary of its first appearance in 1958. Russia is also returning to the contest after a year’s absence.

That’s not to say it’s completely po-faced and fun-free. And thanks to the viral potential of, shall we say, a quirky song, there are still some tunes making the final that sound like the rantings of a fever dream, but it all adds to the occasion. Here’s what to expect, and how to survive, your very first Eurovision season.

Eurovision is progressive

Eurovision was woke way before you started your first hashtag on Twitter. Trans singer Dana International won the competition for Israel in 1998 and a bearded drag queen called Conchita Wurst took it home for Austria in 2014. Eurovision has a huge LGBTQ fan base and it’s safe to say many participating acts will have gay credentials of some kind. There are objections, of course, from less forward-thinking countries – Russia tends to cause trouble about this one a lot – but when it comes to diversity, Eurovision is charging ahead.

The Eurovision songs

First of all, around ten of the songs will sound pretty much the same. Eurovision is like a cultural microcosm with a fast turnover of pop trends and songwriting quirks. Quite often, they’re in line with last year’s winner – or the year before for some countries and usually ten years before for Britain – or will mimic a huge hit from the past 12 months.

The scoring

Don’t ask. Honestly. Nobody knows. Over the past couple of years, Eurovision has experimented with changes to the scoring to involve more audience and country participation but also build excitement as the result is announced. In the olden days, often the winner would become clear early on, so to increase tension results are announced in a certain order to keep you guessing. The points system is honestly wild and combines the scores of just about everyone except next door’s cats. Do not ask a Eurovision fan about this; it’s been a long night. Just keep the drinks flowing and pretend you know what’s going on.

Who has made the final?

France, Germany, the UK, Italy and Spain automatically qualify, regardless of their positions last year, as they are the five biggest financial contributors to the EBU. Portugal also qualify as the host nation and current champions.

1. Portugal: Cláudia Pascoal – ‘O Jardim’

2. France: Madame Monsieur – ‘Mercy’

3. Germany: Michael Schulte – ‘You Let Me Walk Alone’

4. Italy: Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro – ‘Non mi avete fatto niente’

5. Spain: Alfred & Amaia – ‘Tu canción’

6. United Kingdom: SuRie – ‘Storm’

Who’s tipped to win?

The current favourite is Israel’s Netta, with her chicken-noise-filled song ‘Toy’. Yes, we said chicken-noise:

Estonia is the second favourite with this opera number:

As for the UK, our odds are pretty slim at 100/1 as of mid-March. Oh dear!

And the Czech Republic are the third favourites with this insanely catchy tune:

All the songs on Spotify

Bangour Village, The Scottish Haunted Psychiatric Hospital 😱

Bangour Village, The Scottish Haunted Psychiatric Hospital 😱

Picture by Paleblue Photography 

Bangour Village Hospital was a psychiatric hospital located west of Dechmont in West Lothian, Scotland. It was officially opened in October 1906 (under the name Edinburgh District Asylum), over two years after the first patients were admitted in June 1904. In 1918 Bangour General Hospital was created in the grounds, but the hospital began winding down in 1989 with services being transferred to the newly built St. John’s Hospital in the Howden area of Livingston. The final ward at Bangour eventually closed in 2004.

 

One of the villas towards the south east corner of the site carries graffiti applied in red paint: “MY MUM PUT ME HERE!” What makes this so chilling is the knowledge that for a century this vast complex of buildings served as a mental hospital, and you cannot help but wonder about the human story behind the graffiti: and then realise that it was just one of many thousands of individual human stories that would have been played out here during the hospital’s active life.

A villa in a mental hospital? In 1902 the Edinburgh District Lunacy Board purchased the 960 acre Bangour Estate. The aim was to build what for Scotland would be a new kind of mental hospital based on the “Continental Colony” system.

Do you want to read more creepy details about this place?

Read the very interesting article on undiscoveredscotland.co.uk

 

 

This abandoned village hospital housed mental patients and world war patients in Scotland – Bathgate is secluded and surrounded by woodlands.

 

Gavin Bell, Shaunvlog, Erin aka BeautyCreep & Wee Scottish Lass aka MoscoMoon went to Bangour Village Hospital.

The perfect place for some creepy Halloween vlogs.

 

 

Want to see more? 

Check out all the creepy photos on instagram.

Top 10 Things You Must Do In Scotland

Top 10 Things You Must Do In Scotland

An aerial and time-lapse tour around one of the world’s greatest countries. Filmed by Airborne Lens and Airborne Media Productions throughout 2016.

 

Featuring (in order): Rannoch Moor, Forth Bridge, Glencoe, Glen Etive, The Enchanted Forest, Dundee, Edinburgh, Eilean Donan Castle, Floors Castle, Culzean Castle, Kilchurn Castle, Drummond Castle, and Gardens Portree Harbour Kilt Rock, Isel of Skye, Sligachan, Quiraing, Glenbrittle, Aberfeldy Dewars Distillery, Talisker Distillery Carbost, Rannoch Moor, Pass of Glencoe, Buachaille Etive Mòr, Kelvingrove, Glasgow, Glasgow University, Scott’s View, Abbotsford House, St Mary’s Loch, Inverness, Kessock Bridge, Dunnet Beach, John o’Groats, Brough Bay, Moray Firth, Loch Droma, Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Park.