Tag Archives: Picts

Three Days of the Oyster-Catcher (Part 7 Final) Face to Face with Macbeth ~ Steve Tanham

It was time to come face to face with the man who may well have inspired Shakespeare’s Macbeth… We were standing in the car park near Drumin Castle. Dean was using the visitor map of the Glenlivet Estate to describe … Continue reading

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Three days of the Oyster-catcher (Part 5) – Stone in the Sky ~ Steve Tanham

A Pictish stone so large, it needs its own ‘hangar’. You can’t miss Sueno’s stone. It sits on its own plateau, just off the old main road between Findhorn and Forres; now bypassed. You see its ‘hangar’ first, then realise … Continue reading

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Three days of the Oyster-catcher (Part 4) – Sea and Stone ~ Steve Tanham

I didn’t want to leave Burghead, not even for Findhorn; a place I’d wanted to visit for a long time. Burghead had filled me (many of us, I think) with a sense of ancient mystery and that dreadful knowledge that … Continue reading

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Hunting the Unicorn: “…of whirling air…”

The first stop of the afternoon was a familiar one; we had made a point of visiting the magnificent Sueno Stone on our last trip to the area. It is the tallest carved Pictish stone in Scotland and shows scenes … Continue reading

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Hunting the Unicorn: “…and under the earth…”

Sharp tang of woodsmoke, tall shadows climb stone walls, reflected flames dance in a black pool. Deep in the belly of earth, the symbols of the rite painted on pale skin, I wait as the torches come… I could not … Continue reading

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Three days of the Oyster-catcher (Part 3) – A Pictish Headland ~ Steve Tanham

The Moray Firth is vast, wild and beautiful. Examined on a map it resembles a child’s geometry exercise in triangles, with the coast between its ‘origin’ at Inverness and far-away Fraserburgh being a virtually flat west-east baseline. From Fraserburgh the … Continue reading

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Pictish symbol stone discovered at Dyce ~ Tim Clarkson

Tim Clarkson, who writes at Senchus,  tells of the discovery of a ‘new’ Pictish stone at Dyce, one of the sites we visited during Solstice of the Moon, last year’s workshop in Scotland: Pictish symbols: mirror (top), triple disc and … Continue reading

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Solstice of the Moon – a Silent Eye Event in Scotland

Maiden, Mother, Crone Solstice of the Moon Inverurie, Scotland 15th-17th September 2017 The gently undulating and fertile landscape between the foothills of the Grampian Mountains and the North Sea proved an attractive place to settle for the early Neolithic peoples … Continue reading

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Discovering Albion – day 6: Sarcophagus and standing crosses

I think both our jaws must have hit the floor as we hit the jackpot. The third room of the little museum seemed to bring together all the threads of the skein that we had been following on our travels. … Continue reading

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