All posts tagged: Scottish history

Scottish Ancestry Tours – find out who you are?

Scottish Ancestry Tours are always very special days for our guests. Sublime Scotland is delighted to be recognised by VisitScotland as an Ancestral Ambassador. Our personalised ancestry tours are enjoyed by people from Canada, the United States and also Australia. The tours are each unique to the family, connecting each person with the landscape, history and places of their own forebears. It is a very special experience to walk in the footsteps of your own family from 200 years ago. We can help you do this by personalising your own ancestry tour. This experience is exciting and emotional and fun to be part of.   Research your family tree There is a great deal of expertise in Scotland to help with researching your family tree. VisitScotland can point you in the right direction with information. Local experts such as Jane Harris can help you find places and people you did not even know existed.

Historic Culross and Outlander

There are many great reasons to visit the delightful historic village of Culross on the River Forth. The village has a long history with a busy coal mining and salt industry during the 16th and 17th century. King James VI visited this mine shaft in 1595 which was on a tidal island in the middle of the River Forth. He was rather shocked at the one mile depth of the shaft beneath the sea. Culross Palace has been extensively restored and although it was never a royal residence it is a unique example of a house belonging to a wealthy merchant of the early 17th century. A pathway known as Stinking Wynd leads uphill along a cobbled way, where the centre is slightly higher and poorer people had to walk in the gutters. The Town House was built in 1626 with the clock tower added 150 years later. This amazing building now houses a photographic exhibition  of many of the iconic places and scenes of Scotland and is well worth a visit. A delightful café nearby is …

History, heritage and archaeology in 2017

2017 is a special year in Scotland. Designated as the year of History, Heritage and Archaeology there will be much to see. There is certainly a lot to celebrate and all the people who look after our ancient buildings will  help us enjoy this amazing heritage. Jackie is a steward at one of our castles and she tells us what she loves about her job here. Tours Our tours are never far away from some fantastic examples of our great castles, stately homes, and buildings such as Stanley Mills which are part of our social heritage. Just north of Perth, the visitor centre tells the story of the weaving and the people who worked in the mills. Built in 1787 we see the best example of an 18th century workplace, anywhere in the world. 200 years of cotton making with all its innovations and the impact on the local communities perfectly explained. In 2017 we will visit more than 20 of our great castles. Stirling Castle is one of the most visited and tells the story of the Stewart …

Visit Scone Palace

Scone Palace is the crowning place of Scottish Kings. There is so much history connected with Scone Palace that one short visit is only the beginning. At Scone in 1249, Alexander III became the first Scottish King to be crowned, rather than merely enthroned. James I’s great-grandson, James IV was crowned at Scone in 1488. Stone of Destiny With him the seat of power shifted to Edinburgh and the newly built Palace of Holyrood House. The famous Stone of Destiny is very much part of the story of scone. During its five centuries at Scone the Stone was only taken out to Mote Hill for enthronements. However in 1296 Edward I of England marched north and took what he believed to be the stone and removed it to Westminster in London. There is remained for the next 700 years, mounted into a throne chair, on which all monarchs of England and Great Britain have since been crowned. There was a brief but sensational disappearance in 1950 when four Scottish students broke into the Westminster Abbey and took it back …