Some stamps I found in one of the art galleries. They are not the usual Royal Mail stamps, but are "the UK's premier producer of bespoke and tourism related postage stamps" from Universal Mail. They can only be used for postcards sent outside the UK, though they can be mailed through the Royal Mail.
The first clear reference to the use of the Scottish Highland bagpipes is from a French history, which mentions their use at the Battle of Pinkie Cleugh in 1547 where it was claimed they had replaced the trumpet on the battlefield. This period saw the creation of the ceòl mór (great music) of the bagpipe, which reflected its martial origins, with battle-tunes, marches, gatherings, salutes and laments.
First inhabited around the 6th century, at least four different versions of the Eilean Donan Castle have been built and re-built. Partially destroyed in a Jacobite uprising in 1719, it lay in ruins for around 200 years until Lieutenant Colonel John MacRae-Gilstrap bought the island in 1911 and proceeded to restore the castle to its former glory finally opening to the public in 1932.
Legend has it that a sleeping party of Scots warriors were saved from ambush by an invading Norse army when one of the attackers trod on a thistle with his bare feet. His cries raised the alarm, the roused Scots duly defeated the invaders, and the thistle was adopted as the symbol of Scotland. Unfortunately, there is no historical evidence for this, but Scots, like other nations, love a good story.
haggis is a Scottish dish made from the organs of a sheep that are chopped up, mixed with suet, onions, oatmeal, and seasonings and boiled in the sheep's stomach.
Most modern commercial haggis is prepared in a sausage casing rather than an actual stomach. neeps and tatties are turnip and potatoes
the Westie was originally bred for controlling the population of
rats, fox, badger, otter and other vermin.
a description from dogtimes.com about this breed: he's so full of self-esteem that he knows he's the best thing around. Always on the lookout for a good time, he'll make you laugh while he entertains himself. He's friendly and happy, with a lively nature that endears him to everyone (except small rodents), especially when he cocks his head to the side and looks at you quizzically.