State of the Savage: March 2015

April 1, 2015 by Keith Savage
King Loth's burial stone, East Lothian, Scotland

Just across the street from Traprain Cottage B&B, in the private backyard of another house hardly a stone’s throw from Traprain Law, stands a great stone menhir. The setting is incongruous for this stone, hidden, as it is, among trees, buildings, and the detritus of modern living, for it is believed to be the burial stone of King Loth, for whom the Lothians are named.

Loth has many legends attached to his name, but the most famous of them is his connection to King Arthur, where he is variously the father of Sir Gawain and the husband of Arthur’s sister. Of course he is also known to have been a Pictish king of the 6th century AD who ruled from Traprain Law. A man of such power and legend, and all that remains is stone devoid of marking. Read more...

Cozy Comfort at Traprain Cottage B&B

March 25, 2015 by Keith Savage
Traprain Cotttage B&B

East Lothian is a coastal place with loads of beaches, golf courses, and cliffs curling round the headlands of North Berwick on their way south toward Dunbar and the nearby English border. The interior of the region is largely given over to farm fields and the royal burgh of Haddington, East Lothian’s cultural center.

And another iconic landmark: Traprain Law.

My interest in the Law extends back to its Dark Ages history, and it, along with Tantallon Castle, became the driving force for my visit to East Lothian. When I found Traprain Cottage B&B, I knew I had found my accommodation. Read more...

Summiting Traprain Law in East Lothian

March 18, 2015 by Keith Savage
Traprain Law, East Lothian, Scotland

East Lothian, that span of low, rolling plains east of Edinburgh, is renown for the beaches and golf courses that form the barrier between it and the North Sea. But this region possesses a collection of lesser-known jewels for the intrepid traveler — sites of historical interest and beauty that reward those who make the effort to visit a corner of Scotland all-too-often left in the dark. Rising above these pastoral, windswept plains is the eminence of Traprain Law, a hill that, perhaps, looks grander than it is for the low-lying farm fields surrounding it.

Nonetheless, Traprain Law is the site of magnificent history and makes for a relatively quick, if steep, hike. Read more...

Finding Camelot at Tantallon Castle

March 11, 2015 by Keith Savage
Tantallon Castle, East Lothian, Scotland

Just 30 miles east of Edinburgh stands one of Scotland’s great castle ruins, the rose-hued Tantallon Castle, crowning East Lothian on the Firth of Forth coast. I cannot say for how long my desire burned to visit this reputedly gorgeous and historically rich castle other than to say, simply, too long. Being so close to Edinburgh, which should figure into anyone’s trip to Scotland, one would think it should be no trouble to visit, but Edinburgh — and the highlands — are like magnets that make journeys east and south from the majestic city difficult indeed.

The truth is there are enough riches scattered around Scotland to draw and quarter you upon the compass rose. Read more...

Scotland Itinerary Ideas: The Scottish Borders

March 4, 2015 by Keith Savage
The Eildon Hills

A little over a year ago I rolled out a series of Itinerary Ideas articles that each highlighted a different section of Scotland. When I’d written as many as I could, I couldn’t help but notice there were still glaring holes on the map, little wastelands of knowledge here on my site. It was this process that kickstarted the planning of my next trip – I needed to dig into and explore these areas that didn’t have their own articles, and so I hit the road last spring to ferret out some of the great visitor experiences of southern Scotland.

Coming up today – Scotland itinerary ideas for the Scottish Borders!
Read more...