Google+ Rent a Cottage Scotland: January 2008

Thursday, 31 January 2008

Holiday Cottage Perthshire Forgandenny

Holiday Cottage Perthshire Forgandenny Parish Church
Forgandenny Parish Church situated near Forteviot, Perthshire Scotland.
Stay in Perth at self catering apartments.

Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Fair art thou my bonnie lass

Fair art thou my bonnie lass
Eddi Reader sings My Love is like a Red Red Rose.


A Red, Red Rose
by Robert Burns

My love is like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in June :
My love is like the melody
That’s sweetly played in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in love am I :
And I will love thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry.

Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun :
And I will love thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.

And fare thee weel, my only love,
And fare thee weel a while !
And I will come again, my love,
Thou’ it were ten thousand mile.


Have a Romantic Break in a Holiday Cottage in Fife.

Monday, 28 January 2008

Romantic Short Break Arbroath Angus

Romantic Short Break Arbroath Angus

Find a romantic location for a short break overlooking the Marina at Arbroath.

Romantic Short Break Fife February

Romantic Short Break Fife February
Where can I find a romantic short break at a Cottage in Fife in February?
Find the answer here.

Romantic Short Break Perth February

Romantic Short Break Perth February
Where can I find a romantic short break in Perth in February?
Find your answer here.

Cottage St Andrews Madras College

Cottage St Andrews Madras College

Photograhs taken of St Andrews Madras College and old Gate while staying at Castaway Cottages in Fife.

More Holiday Cottage St Andrews Photographs.

Thursday, 24 January 2008

Holiday Cottage Perth Sunset

Holiday Cottage Perth Sunset
Holiday cottage Perth sunset taken on a frosty winter morning.

We recommend the following websites and blogs:
Rent a Cottage Perth, Rent a Cottage Fife, Rent a Cottage Arbroath.
East Coast of Scotland blog

Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Cottage Perth Huntingtower Castle

Cottage Perth Huntingtower Castle


Huntingtower was originally built by the Ruthven family in the fifteenth century, although they had held the lands long before that time period. Originally it was called the House of Ruthven.
More Huntingtower Photographs.

Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Loch Leven Castle Fife

Loch Leven Castle Fife

Loch Leven castle and the Glassin Tower, one of two circular towers built at angles of the curtain wall in the sixteenth century by Robert Douglas.

Holiday Cottage St Andrews Loch Leven Castle

Holiday Cottage St Andrews Loch Leven Castle
Loch Leven Castle is a five storey tower which dates from the fourteenth century. The castle was held by the Douglas family for over three hundred years. During that time Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned on the site. More loch Leven castle Photographs.

We recommend the following websites and blogs:
Rent a Cottage Perth, Rent a Cottage Fife, Rent a Cottage Arbroath.
East Coast of Scotland blog

Holiday Cottage Arbroath Fishing Boat

Holiday Cottage Arbroath Fishing Boat


We recommend the following websites and blogs:
Rent a Cottage Perth, Rent a Cottage Fife, Rent a Cottage Arbroath.
East Coast of Scotland blog

Sunday, 20 January 2008

Burns supper Haggis

Burns Supper Haggis


Address To A Haggis

Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o' the puddin-race!
Aboon them a' ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy o' a grace
As lang's my arm.

The groaning trencher there ye fill,
Your hurdies like a distant hill,
Your pin wad help to mend a mill
In time o' need,
While thro' your pores the dews distil
Like amber bead.

His knife see rustic Labour dight,
An' cut you up wi' ready sleight,
Trenching your gushing entrails bright,
Like ony ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight,
Warm-reekin, rich!

Then, horn for horn,
they stretch an' strive:
Deil tak the hindmost! on they drive,
Till a' their weel-swall'd kytes belyve,
Are bent lyke drums;
Then auld Guidman, maist like to rive,
"Bethankit!" 'hums.

Is there that owre his French ragout
Or olio that wad staw a sow,
Or fricassee wad mak her spew
Wi' perfect sconner,
Looks down wi' sneering, scornfu' view
On sic a dinner?

Poor devil! see him ower his trash,
As feckless as a wither'd rash,
His spindle shank, a guid whip-lash,
His nieve a nit;
Thro' bloody flood or field to dash,
O how unfit!

But mark the Rustic, haggis fed,
The trembling earth resounds his tread.
Clap in his walie nieve a blade,
He'll mak it whissle;
An' legs an' arms, an' heads will sned,
Like taps o' thrissle.

Ye Pow'rs wha mak mankind your care,
And dish them out their bill o' fare,
Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware
That jaups in luggies;
But, if ye wish her gratefu' prayer,
Gie her a haggis!
More on locally produced haggis and sausages on the North Fife Blog

Saturday, 19 January 2008

Rait Road near Perth

Rait Road near Perth
Outside Perth you could be in Highland Scotland.

We recommend the following websites and blogs:
Rent a Cottage Perth, Rent a Cottage Fife, Rent a Cottage Arbroath.
East Coast of Scotland blog

Thursday, 17 January 2008

Cottage Perth Burns Supper Books

Cottage Perth Burns Supper Books
Clark McGinn, one of the foremost Burns Supper speakers in the world, presents the "Ultimate Guide to the Burns Supper", containing all the information you need to enjoy a Supper, whether as host, speaker or guest. It includes: complete run through of what to expect on the night, with a list of courses and speeches; what to wear; how to prepare and present speeches; common Burns Supper questions (and their answers!); Burns' greatest poems, including a full English verse translation of the "Address to a Haggis"; and answers to your worries about eating haggis and drinking whisky. "Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware, That jaups in luggies; But if ye wish her gratfu' prayer, Gie her a Haggis! 'Address to a Haggis,' " - Robert Burns. With detailed descriptions and instructions by a recognised and widely credited Burns supper speaker, this is a guide to a widespread and popular social event that has been practiced for 200 years. It is also an informal, light hearted introduction to an event that non Scots might otherwise find confusing or intimidating.
More Burns Books.

Holiday Cottage Arbroath Abbey

Holiday Cottage Arbroath Abbey
Arbroath Abbey , Arbroath, Angus Scotland. Taken by a guest at the Nestings holiday cottage Arbroath.
More Arbroath Holiday Cottage Photographs.

Holiday Cottage Arbroath Pirates

Holiday Cottage Arbroath Pirates
Not pirates of the Caribbean but pirates of the North Sea , East Coast of Scotland. Visitors to the Nestings, Arbroath, Angus spotted the Jolly Rodger in the marina.

Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Arbroath Fishing Boats

Arbroath Fishing Boats
Arbroath harbour marina still has a working fishing fleet.
Stay in The Nestings Cottage Apartments overlooking the harbour.

Holiday Cottage Apartment Arbroath

Holiday Cottage Apartment Arbroath, the Nestings
Overlooking the old fishing harbor, the Nestings cottage style apartments have been tastefully converted to provide modern comforts with stunning sea views. Perfect for a romantic getaway, family holiday or golf expedition.
All have sea-views over the old harbour and marina, open plan lounge /dining /kitchen fully equipped and fitted for your every needs. Abundant on street free parking, linen (not towels) and electric central heating are all included in the price. Nearby there are welcoming restaurants, pubs, children's entertainments and an award winning chip shop.
View video of the Nestings Interior.

Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Cottage Perth Ski Glenshee Scotland 2008

Cottage Perth Ski Glenshee Scotland 2008




More Glenshee Skiing photographs
Scotland Ski Report

Holiday Cottage Perth Glenshee Ski Tow

Holiday Cottage Perth Glenshee Ski Tow



Stay at Holiday Cottage Perth only one mile away.
More Glenshee photographs.

Robert Burns Books

Robert Burns Books

Complete Poems and Songs of Robert Burns
This book contains all Robert’s poems, including epitaphs, plus all his song lyrics, but not the sheet music, because he did not compose any music. Of course, there is one song of his, Auld lang syne, which is extremely well known, although not many people are aware that he was its writer. This is not a biography, though some brief historical details are provided. If you want an in-depth biography, you must look elsewhere.

Robert Burns wrote about every topic you could imagine - love, nature, politics, people, anything that was topical in the late eighteenth century. Among the most famous poems are A red red rose (including the line Till a’ the seas gang dry my dear), To a louse (including the line O wad the Power some giftie gie us) and To a mouse (including the line The best laid schemes o’ mice and men).

The poems and songs are presented chronologically in the order of date written. Personally, I would have preferred the book divided into chapter, with each chapter covering a different theme, but it doesn’t really matter. There is an index of first lines as well as an index of titles.

A glossary is provided to allow translation from Scottish to English. People sometimes joke that Britain and America are two countries separated by a common language, but this glossary is a reminder that the same can be said about Scotland and England. I cannot say how easy or difficult you will find the dialect. I was born of Scottish parents so I learned a bit as a child even though I was raised in England. Hopefully, you will most of it reasonably straightforward with a bit of practice. The quality of the poetry makes it well worth the effort.

Within the main book, at the bottom of each page, footnotes are provided to set the context of the poem or song where this is deemed useful. For example, Ballad of the American war has footnotes giving brief details of events between 1775 and 1784, so you will immediately realise that the poem doesn’t just focus on the war itself, but also its aftermath.

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Stay at a Holiday Cottage Perth for Burns Night





Holiday Cottage Perth Salmon Fishing

Holiday Cottage Perth Salmon Fishing
Celebrities David Bellamy and Mark Stephen presenter of BBC television series Out of Doors will be in Kenmore this week for the opening of the River Tay Salmon Season. the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board is urging the first salmon caught each day to be returned to the river in order to conserve stocks.
The BBC reported that:

John Milligan, chairman of the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board, said: All rivers are having to deal with the problem of increasing mortality of salmon at sea, which is caused by factors beyond our control relating to climate change.

On the Dee over 90% of salmon caught by anglers are released and on the Spey over 70%.

There is absolutely no reason why Tay anglers should not achieve similar figures so that many million more eggs can be laid in the river.

Read more about the start of the salmon season.


Our Holiday Cottage apartments Perth overlook the Tay and are well placed for Salmon fishing.

Holiday Cottage Perth River Chambers

Holiday Cottage Perth River Chambers


River Chambers Holiday Apartment Cottage is a first floor holiday apartment with wonderful views across the River Tay towards Kinnoull Hill. The property occupies a splendid position in one of Perth's most sought after city center streets with all local amenities and leisure attractions within walking distance away. Internally the property is tastefully decorated and offers bright spacious accommodation throughout. River Chamber sleeps up to four people and has a lounge double bedroom, kitchen and shower room. View video of the interior of River Chambers.

Holiday Cottage Perth Tay Chambers

Holiday Cottage Perth Tay Chambers
Tay Chambers Holiday Cottage Apartments Perth on the River Tay looks towards the Old Perth Bridge and Grampian Hills beyond. The Holiday Apartment occupies a splendid position in one of Perth's most sought after city center areas with all local amenities and leisure attractions within walking distance away. Internally the property is tastefully decorated and offers bright spacious accommodation throughout. Tay Chambers has 2 double bedrooms, one with en suite, kitchen, bathroom, dining and kitchen. View a video of the interior of Tay Chambers.

Monday, 14 January 2008

Holiday Cottage Perth Snow Report Scotland

Holiday Cottage Perth Snow Report Scotland
Check the latest snow report for Scotland. Drive from Perth to Glenshee slopes in under an hour. Saturday was clear blue sky fantastic powder snow.


We recommend the following blogs and websites: Holiday Cottage Arbroath, Holiday Cottage Perth or Holiday Cottage near St Andrews.
More information on East Coast of Scotland and how to Rent a Cottage in Scotland.

Sunday, 13 January 2008

Holiday Cottage Perth Glenshee

Holiday Cottage Perth Glenshee
Glenshee, Cairngorm Mountains, Perthshire. Taken skiing in the Cairngorms at Glenshee. More photos of Glenshee skiing.

We recommend the following blogs and websites: Holiday Cottage Arbroath, Holiday Cottage Perth or Holiday Cottage near St Andrews.
More information on East Coast of Scotland and how to Rent a Cottage in Scotland.

Holiday Cottage Perth Ski Scotland

Holiday Cottage Perth Ski Scotland
Snow arrived in Scotland this week and so did thousand of skiers to the ski resorts such as Glenshee in the Cairngorm mountain.
Stay in a holiday apartment one hour from Perth to Glenshee.

We recommend the following blogs and websites: Holiday Cottage Arbroath, Holiday Cottage Perth or Holiday Cottage near St Andrews.
More information on East Coast of Scotland and how to Rent a Cottage in Scotland.

Friday, 11 January 2008

Cottage Fife Weavers Hall Cottage


Cottage Fife Weavers Hall Cottage
Weavers Hall is a contemporary "barn" style conversion of an historic building which offers modern comforts within a striking traditional stone building. The cottage comprises stunning open plan double height lounge with gallery seating area ,two comfortable bedrooms: one double (with en-suite bathroom) one twin, modern fully equipped state-of-the-art kitchen/dining with original oak beams and oak floor and one contemporary family shower room.

Cottage Fife Seashell Cottage

Cottage Fife Seashell Cottage
Seashell holiday Cottage is located in the little village of Lower Largo, Fife near St Andrews the home of Alexander Selkirk, Robinson Crusoe. The cottage is 125 years old and is a traditional terrace and is right across the road from Largo bay. Largo beach boasts over 2 miles of stunning sandy beaches. From cliff top walking to a stroll along the seashore the view still takes your breath away.It sleeps up to six people and is great for a week away from it all.

More photos of Holiday Cottage Fife.

Cottage Fife Castaway Cottage

Cottage Fife Castaway Cottage

Castaway Self catering holiday cottage is the perfect location to get away from it all. It sleeps five people and is located on the beach in Lower Largo, a holiday resort village in the East Neuk of Fife adjacent to Lundin Links on Largo Bay near St Andrews. This stone built holiday cottage built in 1809 has been tastefully converted and extended to combine modern comforts with spectacular views out to the Firth of Forth.

More Castaway photos from Lower Largo Fife in January.

Thursday, 10 January 2008

Cottage Fife Robert Burns

Cottage Fife Robert Burns
The Poetry of Burns' (1759-96) is characterised by its disarming honesty and humanity, and by the poet's remarkable lyric gift. Angry or compassionate, sentimental or satirical, romantic or bawdy, Burns's poetry transcends the Scottish dialect in which it is written to speak to all of us. This specially commissioned recording, available for the first time on CD, offers a wide-ranging choice of Burns's songs and lyrical poems; and longer poems such as 'Tam o'Shanter', and 'The Cotter's Saturday Night' are also included in their entirety. All are read by John Cairney, world-famous for his many stage and television performances of the life and work of Scotland's national bard. Lovers of Burns's poetry will find much to enjoy in this selection, which also provides an extensive introduction for those as yet unfamiliar with his work

Stay for burns night in a Fife Cottage by the Sea.

Holiday Cottage Angus January snow

Holiday Cottage Angus January snow
The New Year 2008 got off to a cold snowy start in Angus, causing problems for the motorist.
Stay in a holiday cottage style apartment in Arbroath.

Holiday Cottage Arbroath New Year

Holiday Cottage Arbroath New Year

Arbroath New Year got off to a cold and windy start. There was wind, snow, rain, and hail but a bonfire kept you warm.
Stay at self catering holiday apartments in Arbroath.

Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Cottage Fife Kinshaldy Stables Fife

Kinshaldy Stables Fife
Kinshaldy stables located between St Andrews and Leukers, Fife, Scotland for horse riding in Fife. A network of tracks and bridleways leads through the forest and alongside miles of sandy beach. We had a gtreat day out with the kids pony trekking when staying at Castaway Cottages in Fife.

Contact Kinshaldy Stables

Kinshaldy Farm , Leuchers, Fife, Ky16 ODR

Cottage Fife Horse riding

Cottage Fife Horseriding

Fife is a great area for horseriding and pony trecking.Tentsmuir Forest near St Andrews has well maintained paths for hacking and pony rides. If you use Kinshaldy Riding Stables lessons are available to both novice and more experienced riders.
More Cottage Fife Horse riding photographs.

Monday, 7 January 2008

Holiday Cottage Perth Glamis Castle

Holiday Cottage Perth Glamis Castle
Glamis Gastle, located just over five miles south of the town of Forfar in Angus, Scotland. Other Scottish castles:
Elcho Castle near Perth
Huntingtower Castle, Perth
Scone Palace, Perth.

We recommend the following blogs and websites: Holiday Cottage Arbroath, Holiday Cottage Perth or Holiday Cottage near St Andrews.
More information on East Coast of Scotland

Sunday, 6 January 2008

Saturday, 5 January 2008

A Mans a man Paolo Nutini

A Mans a man by Robert Burns sung by Paolo Nutini


Is there for honesty poverty
That hings his head, an' a' that;
The coward slave -- we pass him by,
We dare be poor for a' that!
For a' that, an' a' that,
Our toils obscure an' a' that,
The rank is but the guinea's stamp,
The man's the gowd for a' that.

What though on hamely fare we dine,
Wear hoddin grey, an' a' that?
Gie fools their silks, and knaves their wine,
A man's a man for a' that.
For a' that, an' a' that,
Their tinsel show, an' a' that,
The honest man, tho' e'er sae poor,
Is king o' men for a' that.

Ye see yon birkie ca'd a lord,
Wha struts, an' stares, an' a' that;
Tho' hundreds worship at his word,
He's but a coof for a' that.
For a' that, an' a' that,
His ribband, star, an' a' that,
The man o' independent mind
He looks an' laughs at a' that.

A prince can mak a belted knight,
A marquis, duke, an' a' that,
But an honest man's aboon his might,
Gude faith, he maunna fa' that!
For a' that, an' a' that,
Their dignities an' a' that,
The pith o' sense, an' pride o' worth,
Are higher rank than a' that.

Then let us pray that come it may,
(As come it will for a' that,)
That Sense and Worth, o'er a' the earth,
Shall bear the gree, an' a' that,
For a' that, an' a' that,
It's coming yet for a' that,
That man to man, the world o'er,
Shall brithers be for a' that

Holiday Cottage Perth Castles of Perth

Holiday Cottage Perth Castles of Perth

Huntingtower Castle or Ruthven Castle took its name from the Ruthven family of Perth.
The first tower house dates from around the 15th century then a second was built a few yards away.About two hundred years later the two buildings were connected with the building between the two.
Around the end of the sixteenth century, a group of nobles, including Lord Ruthven, kidnapped King James VI and held him captive for ten months in Ruthven or later to be renamed Huntingtower Castle.


More photos of Huntingtower.

We recommend the following blogs and websites: Holiday Cottage Arbroath, Holiday Cottage Perth or Holiday Cottage near St Andrews.
More information on East Coast of Scotland

Friday, 4 January 2008

Holiday Cottage Perth Huntingtower Castle

Holiday Cottage Perth Huntingtower Castle
Huntingtower Castle, Perth , Perthshire, Scotland. Situated just outside Perth is an interesting day out. More Huntingtower Castle photographs.

Perth Greyfriars Kirkyard

Perth Greyfriars Kirkyard

Dating from 1580 Greyfriars Churchyard Perth Scotland contains some very old headstones and memorials.

More photos of the headstones.

We recommend the following blogs and websites: Holiday Cottage Arbroath, Holiday Cottage Perth or Holiday Cottage near St Andrews.
More information on East Coast of Scotland

Thursday, 3 January 2008

Holiday Cottage Fife Largo Viaduct

Holiday Cottage Fife Largo Viaduct

Lower Largo Fife railway viaduct. This is a remnant of when the railway stopped in Lower Largo East Neuk of Fife. More Holiday Cottage photos.

We recommend the following blogs and websites: Holiday Cottage Arbroath, Holiday Cottage Perth or Holiday Cottage near St Andrews.
More information on East Coast of Scotland

Holiday Cottage Fife Railway Inn

Holiday Cottage Fife Railway Inn
The railway Inn Lower Largo Fife Scotland. Great place for a pint , a sandwich, a toastie, game of darts and meet the locals from the village when staying at castaway Cottages. More photos of holiday cottage in Fife.

Holiday Cottage Fife Largo Harbour

Holiday Cottage Fife Largo Harbour
largo Harbour, Lower Largo, Fife Scotland. Taken by a guest at Castaway Cottages. More photos of Cottage Fife.

Holiday Cottage Fife Largo Bay

Holiday Cottage Fife Largo Bay
Largo Bay Fife Scotland. More Cottage fife photos.

We recommend the following blogs and websites: Holiday Cottage Arbroath, Holiday Cottage Perth or Holiday Cottage near St Andrews.
More information on East Coast of Scotland

Holiday Cottage Fife largo Law

Holiday Cottage Fife largo Law
Beach walk near Largo Fife with Largo Law hill in the background. More views taken at holiday Cottage Fife.
More information on Crail, Anstruther, Pittenweem, St Monans, Elie and St. Andrews.

Cottage Perth Elcho Castle Roof

Cottage Perth Elcho Castle Roof
Elcho Castle near Perth Perthshire Scotland. View of roofline taken by guest at Weavers Hall near Perth. More guest photos.

We recommend the following blogs and websites: Holiday Cottage Arbroath, Holiday Cottage Perth or Holiday Cottage near St Andrews.
More information on East Coast of Scotland and how to Rent a Cottage in Scotland.

Holiday Cottage Fife Footprints Sand

Holiday Cottage Fife Footprints Sand
Walk along the beach to Elie from Lower Largo in Fife Scotland. Part of the fife coastal Path. More guest photos taken staying at Castaway Cottages.

We recommend the following blogs and websites: Holiday Cottage Arbroath, Holiday Cottage Perth or Holiday Cottage near St Andrews.
More information on East Coast of Scotland and how to Rent a Cottage in Scotland.

Holiday Cottage Fife Firth of Forth

Holiday Cottage Fife Firth of Forth
Firth of Forth, East Coast of Fife, Scotland. Taken by guests at Castaway Cottages January 2008. More guest photos.

We recommend the following blogs and websites: Holiday Cottage Arbroath, Holiday Cottage Perth or Holiday Cottage near St Andrews.
More information on East Coast of Scotland and how to Rent a Cottage in Scotland.

Wednesday, 2 January 2008

Holiday Cottage Perth Elcho Castle

Holiday Cottage Perth Elcho Castle
Elcho Castle is a fortified mansion of the 16th century with many original features including a ruined courtyard, chapel and round tower with kiln. Situated overlooking the River Tay, south west of Perth near the hamlet of Rhynd. More photographs taken by a guest at Taypearls Weavers Hall cottage near Perth.

We recommend the following blogs and websites: Holiday Cottage Arbroath, Holiday Cottage Perth or Holiday Cottage near St Andrews.
More information on East Coast of Scotland and how to Rent a Cottage in Scotland.