Tuesday Travels. . .Jarlshof, Shetland

This particular place blew me away.  Yes it was windy but the actual history that we were viewing was absolutely amazing.  I feel privileged that we were able to see it. Jarlshof is a historical site of Prehistoric and Norse Settlement on Shetland. In 1890 fierce storms exposed structures which had been hidden under layers…

Calanais Standing Stones. . . .Tuesday Travels

While on the island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides we made sure that we visited the Calanais Standing Stones.  You can see the approaching storm and we were lucky that we were able to duck back to the visitors centre while the storm lasted. The skies literally opened and the wind blew a gale. …

Scots wha hae. . . . . .Tuesday Travels

I spent my first fifteen years growing up in Scotland but during that time I never visited the Wallace Monument near Stirling.  That grave omission was rectified when I visited it recently while I was in Scotland. The website for the monument is comprehensive and well worth a visit if you are unable to visit…

Robert, Edward, William and sundry

I haven’t done much historical fiction reading this month, I have been reading other genres. This novel is definitely one for my Historical Fiction Reading Challenge. This novel is set in Scotland at the turn of the 14th Century, the time of Edward I, the story being about Robert the Bruce.   Renegade by Robyn Young is…