Eilean Donan Castle. The Highland castle reflected in the still waters of Loch Duich. The national emblem.
EDINBURGH ’’ Edinburgh,’’ said writer Robert Louis Stevenson, ’’is what Paris ought to be.’’ The city of Edinburgh is the historic, cosmopolitan and culture capital of Scotland.
EDINBURGH It is famous for its monuments. The most well-known is this monument to Sir Walter Scott in the centre of the country. Many art festivals are held here. Edinburgh Festivals of Music and Drama is held every year and is often visited by English and European guests.
EDINBURGH One of the most picturesque sights of Edinburgh is the Rock. It is a very large hill in the centre of the city. Edinburgh Castle is situated on the Rock. From the top of the Castle one can see a glorious view of the hill and the sea.
EDINBURGH There are many other interesting places in Edinburgh: the old royal residence, which is called Holyrood Palace, the Art Gallery, The University of Edinburgh are only a few of them. Edinburgh is a birthplace of many great Scottish writers: Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Burns and others.
Robert Burns is regarded as Scotland’s national poet. He wrote hundreds of songs and poems, mainly on country life, love, and national pride. His birthday is celebrated in many countries of the world each year on 25 January.
Burns is tenderly loved, honoured and appreciated all over Britain. His song «Auld Land Syne» became a traditional English Song which Britons sing in the Trafalgar Square on the days of national festivals. Auld Lang Syne Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind ? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And days o’ auld lang syne ? Chorus For auld lang syne, my dear, For auld lang syne, We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet For auld lang syne. And here’s a hand, my trusty friend, And give a hand of thine ; We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet For auld lang syne
Robert Louis Stevenson was born in 1850 in Edinburgh. He was a descendant from a wealthy family of Scottish civil engineers. Most of the works for which Stevenson is famous were written during the 1880s. He wrote «Treasure Island»(1881), «New Arabian Nights»(1882), «Prince Otto»(1885), «A Child’s Garden of Verses»(1885), «Kidnapped»(1886), «The Black Arrow»(1888). Robert Louis Stevenson was also the author of several collections of poetry including «Ballads»(1830), «Songs of Travel»(1886)
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle, DL (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930) was a Scottish physician and writer, most noted for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered a major innovation in the field of crime fiction, and for the adventures of Professor Challenger. He was a prolific writer whose other works include science fiction stories, historical novels, plays and romances, poetry, and non- fiction.
Arthur Conan Doyle was born on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. From 1876 to 1881, he studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, including a period working in the town of Aston (now a district of Birmingham) and in Sheffield. While studying, he also began writing short stories; his first published story appeared in Chambers's Edinburgh Journal before he was 20.
In 1882, he joined former classmate George Budd as his partner at a medical practice in Plymouth, but their relationship proved difficult, and Conan Doyle soon left to set up an independent practice. The practice was initially not very successful; while waiting for patients, he again began writing stories. His first significant work was A Study in Scarlet, which appeared in Beeton's Christmas Annual for 1887 and featured the first appearance of Sherlock Holmes, who was partially modelled after his former university professor Joseph Bell, to whom Conan Doyle wrote "It is most certainly to you that I owe Sherlock Holmes....
On 7 July 1930 he died of a heart attack, aged 71. His last words were directed toward his wife: "You are wonderful."
Test on Scotland 1. The capital of Scotland is______________? Edinburgh. 2. The Family groups of Scotland, especially those in the Highlands, are called ________________? clans. 3. A ball game which began in Scotland is ______? golf. 4. Scotland is not an independent country but part of_? United Kingdom. 5. The northern hills of Scotland are called________________? the Highlands.
6. The most famous poet of Scotland is______? Robert Burns. 7. The “skirts” worn by Scottish men and women are called______________________________? kilts. 8. Much traditional Scottish music is played on an instrument called the ______________________? bagpipe. 9. The Scottish ? is called the “Saltire” and is a white “X” on a blue background. (flag) 10. A strong alcoholic drink originally made in Scotland _________________________________? (whisky)
11. The national emblem of Scotland. (thistle) 12. The largest city in Scotland dating from the 6 th Century. (Glasgow) 13. One of the most famous lakes in the world, said to be the home of a monster. (Loch Ness) 14. Britain’s highest mountain, located in Scotland. (Ben Nevis)
15. The last day of the year in Scotland and the parties to celebrate it, which continue through the night. (Hogmanay) 16. An outdoor competition/celebration that happens every summer in Scotland which involves dancing, music and unique sports. (Highland Games) 17. A traditional Scottish food made from sheep’s organs, onions and spices and cooked in a sheep’s stomach. (the haggis)
My Bonnie A folk Scottish song I. My Bonnie is over the ocean, My Bonnie is over the sea, My Bonnie is over the ocean, Oh bring back my Bonnie to me. C h o r u s: Bring back, bring back, Bring back my Bonnie to me, to me. II. Last night as I lay on my pillow, Last night as I lay on my bed, Last night as I lay on pillow, I dreamed that my Bonnie was dead. III. Oh winds, ye blow over the ocean, Oh winds, ye blow over the sea, Oh winds, ye blow over the ocean, Oh bring back my Bonnie to me. IV. The winds have blown over the ocean, The winds have blown over the sea, The winds have blown over the ocean, And brought back my Bonnie to me.