Our top five picks for Celtic culture and history!  January 2nd, 2019

 

The Celtic tribes originated from central Europe and shared a common language, religious beliefs, traditions and culture. Celtic culture is said to trace as far back as 1200 B.C, and the first documented Celtic tribes were referred to as “Galli” or barbarians by the Roman Empire of the 6th or 7th century. The Celtics proved to quite unlike their dubiously netted reputation, and their legacy is most prominent in Ireland and Great Britain where one can savour the culture and hear the Celtic tongue. Here’s a look at the ten best locations that dive into the modern and ancient Celtic culture, and let’s not forget our fabulous campervan hire options to get you started on a Celtic adventure!

 

1. Groam House Museum, Ross-shire

 

Groam House Museum. Image by pictish_trader on Instagram

 

Set in the village of Rosemarkie, Groam House Museum displays a celebratory collection of Celtic and Pictish artworks. The four-star interpretive centre is an award-winning museum centred on showing the beautiful sculptural art, Pictish symbols, stones and ornamental designs located around Rosemarkie. The museum also holds a delightful collection of works by George Bain who is the pioneer of traditional Celtic art revitalisation. The George Bain collection is recognised for its National Significance. Kids will enjoy the interactive computer programs and videos while adults will enjoy browsing through the selectively-stocked gift shop.

 

2. The High Crosses, Iona Abbey, Iona

 

Iona Abbey. Image by anumdada on Instagram

 

Colmcille first set foot in Iona in 563 and set up a monastery which rapidly grew in size and prominence, quickly becoming the nucleus of religious establishments across Argyll and beyond. St Martin’s Cross remains in its original place, displaying intricate carvings while the remainder of the crosses now rests well protected inside a museum dedicated to Colmcille. Construction on St Martins Cross began commenced between 750 and 800. The crosses are said to mark Colmcille’s grave and the foundations of the original church, and they may have even been markers for pilgrims. The High Crosses on Iona are some of the best-preserved examples of interlacing and biblical scenes paying homage to early Celtic Christianity.

 

3. Culloden Battlefield Visitors Centre, Inverness

 

 

On the 16 April 1746, the concluding Jacobite Rising came to a head at The Battle of Culloden which would go on to change Celtic Scottish culture. Jacobite supporters sought to restore the Stuart Monarchy and gathered to battle the government troops of the Duke of Cumberland. The last battle on British soil lasted barely over an hour, and within that harrowing hour, 1,500 Jacobite fighters lay dead. The Culloden Battlefield Visitors Centre sits on this bloody battlefield and uses richly researched information like personal accounts, artefacts and authentic weapons to bring the conflict to life.

 

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4. The Stone of Destiny, Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh

 

 

The Stone of Destiny is an ancient representation of the Scottish Monarchy and has seen the coronation of countless over hundreds of years. According to legend, the stone was used by Jacob as a pillow as he dreamt of Jacobs Ladder. The stone is believed to travel from Ireland to Scotland. In 1296, English king Edward I transported the stone from Scone and had it constructed into his throne, ensuring the stone remains at all coronation ceremonies for the monarchs of England and Great Britain. The stone was delivered to Scotland in 1996 on the condition that it would only leave again for a coronation at Westminster’s Abbey.

 

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5. Maiden Castle, Dorset

 

Maiden Castle, Dorchester. Image by Andy Walker on Flickr

 

Constructed primarily during the 1st century BC, Maiden Castle, Dorset s one of the most extensive, and complicated Iron Age hillforts in Europe and the only one of its kind in Britain. Roughly the size of 50 football pitches, the ramparts once housed hundreds of Celtic residents who engaged in metalworking, roadhouses, and textile production. The fortification may have also been the battleground for sparring Celts and II Legion Augusta with evidence of a 4th-century Roman temple exposed during excavations.

 

If you’ve got more time to explore, take a look at the UK’s five best UNESCO World Heritage sites.

 

 

 

 

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