A Royal Highland Gathering

Summer in Scotland means Highland Games! WeeBox transports you to Braemar, the most famous and arguably best Highland Games in the world! There have been ‘Gatherings’ of one sort or another at Braemar since the days of King Malcolm Canmore 900 years ago and WeeBox brings you all you’ll need to enjoy all the fun of the Games! 

Royal Deeside, home of the world famous Braemar Highland Gathering!

This wee book shares stunning mountain scenery, beautiful glens, castles and why it is a firm favourite with the royal family.  Royal Deeside follows the River Dee into the heart of the Grampian Mountains, with some right royal sights along the way, including the royal family’s favourite Balmoral Castle.  Royal Deeside is a fine-looking area that captivated Queen Victoria with its characteristic Scottish blend of moody mountains, lofty crags, tumbling rivers, moors, forests and neat chocolate box towns and villages.

What to wear to a Royal Highland Gathering? 

Royal Stewart of course! The best known of all Scottish tartans and the personal tartan of Her Majesty the Queen.  This luxury 100% lambswool Ballantrae scarf is a bonnie accessory together with a stunning Hamilton & Young scarf ring to help look the part.  Not sure how to wear your scarf ring? Take a peek at our Facebook page @insideWeeBox for some ideas!

Recognisable all over the world and the best known of all Scottish tartans, Royal Stewart is the tartan of the Royal House of Stewart and the personal tartan of Her Majesty the Queen. In the same way that clansmen wear the tartan of their chief, it is appropriate for all ‘subjects’ of the Queen to wear the Royal Stewart tartan.  The Royal House of Stewart trace their roots back to the 11th century and are the distant ancestors of the current Royal family, the Windsors.  Tartans have drifted in and out of British dress, especially in the mid 18th century when the Jacobite Rebellion nearly caused them to be discarded altogether.  Thankfully, tartan endured and today Royal Stewart is incredibly popular with celebrities and Scots all over the world! 

A wee treat while you watch the Games

What is a Royal Highland Gathering without a satchel of rock to enjoy while you watch the games? Sweet, nostalgic and full of heritage, Ross’s of Edinburgh has preserved this iconic Scottish sweet for generations and WeeBox is proud to have partnered to bring you a wee taste of hame.

Record your memories…

… In this exclusive notebook designed to commemorate the Braemar Highland Games 2018, just for WeeBox subscribers. 

Let the Games begin!

The Outlander Effect

A ‘love letter to Scotland’! That is what your Outlander-inspired WeeBox brings you this July! Just like Claire, the World War II nurse of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books, be transported back in time to 18th century Scotland and the time of the Jacobite risings – standing stones, clans, ancient recipes and of course tartan!

Standing Stones, Clan Fraser, Dragonfly? Which charm did you get?

Exclusive jewellery designers Hamilton & Young on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh bring you their collection inspired by the romance of Jamie and Claire in 18th century Scotland.  Their collection of exclusive jewellery is inspired by that romantic tale of two people in love – Jamie and Claire – while Scotland weaves its magic in each stunning piece.

Tartan and Clans

Widely regarded as being the authority on Scottish clans and tartan, this very special book is close to the hearts of both Scottish natives and the millions of people across the world who have ancestral connections with Scotland!

One of the bestselling books on the subject, this title by Ian Grimble is widely regarded as being the authority on Scottish clans and tartans. A comprehensive guide to this ever-popular aspect of Scottish culture, featuring 150 tartans in full colour. Alongside the tartans are histories of the origins of each clan and their plaids – we know it will be the perfect way to bring your Scottish heritage alive.

The world famous Selkirk Bannock!

Often seen in Mrs Fitz’s kitchen, the famous Scottish Selkirk Bannock is still handcrafted today – most famously by Alex Dalgetty & Sons in the heart of the Scottish Borders! Enjoy sliced with a spread of butter, scrumptious!  

In Scotland, where the term originates from the Gaelic bannach, meaning cake, bannocks were originally round, medium-sized flat breads made from a wet dough of barleymeal and/or oatmeal.  (Meal is an unsifted powder, coarser than flour, ground from any grain.)  They were cooked on a girdle, or griddle, and were cut into scones, or wedges.  Dalgetty‘s world famous Selkirk Bannocks are the benchmark for all others to be judged, and we believe that none come close.  Handmade to a recipe well over 100 years old which involves long dough fermentation to produce flavours that you would not believe possible from a fruit bread.  Using the sweetest sultanas and lashings of creamy butter, only Alex Dalgetty & Sons know how to make a true Selkirk Bannock.  Best served sliced and spread with butter, or even try it toasted for a change. For something extra special why not try making a sumptuous bread and butter pudding.

Exclusive Brave Scottish Gifts ‘Standing Stones’ Postcard

Inspired by the Outlander heroine Claire’s magical encounter in the Scottish Highlands – an event that changes her life, share these Standing Stones or let yourself be transported to our bonnie land. These Calanais (or Callanish) Standing Stones, are located on the west coast of Lewis and you can’t help but wonder at the motivation of our ancestors to build such monuments over 3000 years ago.

Je Suis Prest! Are you ready?

Brave Scottish Gifts bring you this exclusive ‘Je Suis Prest’ t-shirt to salute Jamie and the Fraser Clan! WeeBox HQ first met Thomas, the creative genius behind Brave Scottish gifts 2 years ago.  We love his often irreverent take on Scottish humour and his absolute commitment to producing high quality Scottish gifts for Scots-at-heart all over the world!

Andy, the Highlander!

Is it your dream to visit Scotland? Well, WeeBox has the perfect tour guide for you! We highly recommend Andrew McAlindon, Andy the Highlander – unique, incredible insights and fun as you take part in the action too! Having filmed in Outlander Seasons 2 & 3, Andy transports you as one of Jamie Fraser’s Highland men 💪. And that’s not all – Andy delivers scenic, historic, whisky & custom tours too – so something for everyone, no matter what it is YOU 💜 about Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Just for our WeeBox Clan this month – an exclusive discount offer inside your July WeeBox! www.highlandertours.co.uk 

Afternoon Tea with Charles Rennie Mackintosh

This month, create the most iconic of Scottish Afternoon Tea experiences with the cultural legacy of Charles Rennie Mackintosh – Scotland’s famous designer, in this landmark 150th year since his birth! 

Be transported back over 100 years to Miss Cranston’s Willow Team Rooms designed by Mackintosh and indulge!

Miss Cranstons’s original Willow Tea Rooms at 217 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, were designed by Mackintosh in 1903. This historic building is of the greatest significance for Scotland’s design heritage.  It is the only tea room where Mackintosh was in control of the exterior and the interior and the results are spectacular.

The building is recognised internationally for its importance as the only surviving tea room designed in its entirety by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Brodies Scottish Afternoon Tea

You will love this cheering and reviving blend with its beautiful packaging depicting St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh!  It is said Queen Victoria, during a stay at Balmoral, enjoyed her blend so much she introduced it to England to become the iconic tea it is today!

Create the perfect Scottish Afternoon Tea setting with Mackintosh 

Did you know that Mackintosh was part of the only art nouveau movement in Britain?   The now world famous ‘Glasgow Style’! Re-create those art nouveau days in Scotland with this bonnie china tea cup, tea tidy and braw wee tray! We’ve even included a wee book about Mackintosh to browse while enjoying your wee cuppa.

What is Scottish Afternoon Tea without shortbread? 

Beautifully indulgent, all-butter, hand-made shortbread – straight from Chrystal’s kitchen near the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond! 

WeeBox HQ met the actual ‘Chrystal’ in her kitchen and sampled freshly made shortbread – the very morning we collected the delivery for our WeeBox Clan!  We wish we could have boxed the sugary, buttery aroma for you…. heaven!  Chrystal prides herself on the quality and authenticity of her shortbread, using only the best ingredients with no artificial additives or preservatives. The recipe and techniques for baking remain unchanged through generations of her farming family, passed down from mother to daughter.  We love the rustic look of her home-made baking and Chrystal continues to individually hand-cut and scored each tray of shortbread …the way it has always been.

Which Charles Rennie Mackintosh print did you get? 

Both stunning designs, featuring in the acclaimed exhibition currently in Glasgow.  Perfect for framing in your home.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿💜👍A Wee July Update: 

Since posting this blether, we know our global WeeBox Clan has been moved by the devastating fire that tore though the iconic Mackintosh Building of the Glasgow School of Art. WeeBox HQ has been blown away by the love, support and outpouring from subscribers and followers around the world.

BREAKING NEWS: Glasgow School of Art Director announces The Mack will be rebuilt!! 10.07.2018

If you would like to play your part in preserving Mackintosh for future generations, please support the ‘Mackintosh Rose Appeal’ and wear your ‘Glasgow Rose’ badge included in your June WeeBox with pride 🌹

WeeBox salutes CRM and the iconic Mack!!

The Perfect Whisky Tasting Experience

Dreaming of Scotland? This May, WeeBox brings bonnie Scotland closer creating the perfect whisky tasting experience and saluting World Whisky Day. Slainte 🥃!

Whisky has been the muse of many a writer, an escape for many a politician and the inspiration of many a film star.

“Too much of anything is bad. But too much whisky is never enough” Mark Twain 

The ‘definitive glass for whisky’!

Looking for the perfect glass? Look no further than the official Glencairn whisky glass. Years of testing and developing has resulted in perfection.

The Glencairn Glass was created with 5 components in mind to provide you with the perfect whisky drinking experience.   It is recognised as the ‘definitive glass for whisky’ and was awarded The Queens Award for Innovation.

With its gently curved bowl that fits comfortably in the hand, tapered sides rising to a smaller nose-sized aperture and a heavy base that makes it difficult to knock over, the Glencairn has the perfect combination of aesthetically pleasing looks and serious nosing functionality … while also carrying sufficient heft from its crystal glass to feel good in the hand.  The definitive tasting glass of the last decade, this is a modern design classic of its genre.

‘Slainte’ Whisky Wood coaster – perfect fit for your Glencairn glass

Handcrafted from whisky barrels in the Highlands, the wood is infused with whisky fragrance and each piece carries a distinct fingerprint so you can be sure yours in one of a kind.   Whisky Wood’ are great WeeBox friends and source all of their whisky barrels from local distilleries.  They take great care to preserve as much of the character of the whisky barrel staves as possible to make your piece a unique and beautiful addition to your home.

Take a journey through whisky country ….. 

Ever wondered where your favourite wee dram comes from in Scotland? This beautiful Scottish whisky map from ‘Art by the Loch’ was created to be the perfect size for your purple WeeBox.  Your  Scotch Whisky book takes you on a journey of discovery too, not to mention your ‘Lost Distillery’ tasting card to help you navigate your dram.

In the last century, almost one hundred of Scotland’s malt whisky distilleries have been closed or destroyed.  This accounts for nearly half of all distilleries that have ever existed in Scotland. Global economic downturn, over-production, world wars and prohibition have all contributed to the loss of so many distilleries. Until now …. The Lost Distillery offers the award winning rebirth of Scotland’s Lost Whisky Legends.   Each of the expressions represent a different distillery with its own unique story and taste profile. 

To celebrate #WorldWhiskyDay, Lost Distillery whisky expert, Ewan has ‘unboxed’ your May Whisky Experience WeeBox – WeeBox HQ is  honoured and watch this space for the braw video!! 

Evoke the scent and spirit of Scotland 

So, finally, light your peat incense on your stone burner, pour your favourite dram, sit back and dream of Scotland

 

Slainte from all at WeeBox HQ 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🥃

 

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Enjoy a special Scottish Afternoon Tea experience with this stunning tea-set, perfect to salute CRM’s 150th birthday!

O’er the Sea to Skye

The Isle of Skye, or Ant-Eilean Sgitheanach in its native Gaelic tongue, is an almost mythical place to many Scots and arguably the most magnificent our Scottish islands.

“Let WeeBox take you ‘o’er the sea to Skye!”

The most magnificent of Scottish islands ….

WeeBox HQ have included a bonny wee book for you to take a journey to the Misty Isle with its romantic castles, magnificent sea-scapes and alpine peaks of the famous Cuillin Ridge.

O’er the Sea to Skye exclusive bag!

We have something braw for our WeeBox Clan this month and any Outlander fans!  An exclusive bag designed by Brave Scottish Gifts lets you own the haunting Outlander adaption of ‘The Skye Boat Song’ and brings to life the beautiful, iconic score….. simply breathtaking! 

To ‘Ewe’ from WeeBox 💜!

Wee, fluffy, black-faced sheep are everywhere on Skye, in fact there are more than 100,000 of them! So we thought we would bring ‘ewe’ your very own to love!  Which bonny design did you receive?

Indulge …. straight from a Skye lochside kitchen!

Ooooh does WeeBox have a sweet treat for you! The Isle of Skye Fudge Company has created this traditional Scottish tablet straight from their kitchen on the west coast of Skye! Heaven! For most Scots, tablet is our favourite sweet and dates back to the early 1700s.  This long history was first noted in ‘The Household Book of Lady Grisell Baillie’ and today is our traditional after dinner sweet and features in many Scottish weddings or functions as the finale to a special event.  Enjoy!!

Your Scottish ‘Loving Cup’

Tracing its origin to distant Scottish chivalry, the Quaich (from the Gaelic word ‘cuach’ meaning ‘cup’) is a timeless reminder of the enduring values of friendship and hospitality on The Isle of Skye.

WeeBox HQ hopes you 💜 your WeeBox as much as we did curating it for you, o’er the sea to Skye! 

Scotland of your Imagination

Heilan coos, ancient castles, romance, breathtaking views … the Highlands really is the Scotland of your imagination. So let your March WeeBox weave its Highland magic!

The Highlands beg to be explored! Often portrayed as a romantic part of Scotland, this is not at all strange given the mind-blowing views and fairytale castles. The haunting cloak of mystery that covers the Highlands must be experienced. Due to the ever and fast changing weather, there is a mystical feel, coupled with the rich and often bloody history.

Your WeeBox this month, transports you to the “Scotland of your Imagination” with stunning gifts exclusively curated just for our subscribers …. so hold your breath and dive in!

The Highlands … spirit of Scotland at its best
Loose yourself in the evocative landscapes, stunning unspoilt nature with rugged mountains, deep blue lochs and empty glens with this picture book by Scotland’s most prolific landscape photographer.

Your very own Highland Cow to love!
A sighting of this majestic, Scottish icon in the Highlands never disappoints! So WeeBox brings you this adorable, hairy heilan coo just for you. And for a wee laugh, we’ve even included some (delicious!) Highland Cow Poo straight from its Highland playground 😂

Scotland in Your Pocket
An exclusive from renowned Scottish artist Kevin Hunter, WeeBox brings you his stunning depiction of 13th century Eilean Donan at Sunset, one of the most romantic castles in the world.

Ceud Mile Failte!
Straight from The Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Hamilton & Young Jewellers share their ‘a hundred thousand welcomes’ neckwear for lads and lassies!

WeeBox HQ hopes you 💜 your journey through time and history this month in the “Scotland of your Imagination”!

Romance of Scotland

Anyone who knows Scotland, knows it’s the most romantic place on earth! From the passionate Highlands to the passion of Robert Burns love poems, Scotland is full of romantic places and to salute February, the month of love, WeeBox brings that romance to wherever you are.

My love is like a red, red, rose …
To help you create the perfect romantic atmosphere, WeeBox has teamed up with luxury Gold Hart candles, selecting this very special ‘Wild Rose’ scent. Inspired by the ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ wild rose of Scotland, this royal blended bouquet of velvet petals & rosehip oil is truly indulgent. You may remember their ‘Shore’ scent included in your Isle of Harris WeeBox last year – well, it was so popular that we knew we had to bring you that Gold Hart luxury again.

WeeBox 💜’s Gracie J!
WeeBox HQ met Jackie, the owner and creative behind Gracie J jewellery and we just knew our subscribers would adore her stunning work! You will love to wear or gift this beautifully handmade bracelet straight from the Scottish Borders with purple hues to reflect the ancient Scottish heather that grows there. Just for you, a special discount to WeeBox subscribers also included! Not only will you be supporting a local, Scottish business, but you will love their unique designer pieces.

Which Scottish “Love Badge” did you get?
Do you remember ‘Love Heart’ sweeties as a bairn? Well, WeeBox brings you our own Scottish version by Glasgow designer genius, Lisa Donati! ‘Pure Stoater’*, ‘Ye Dancin’?’*, ‘Awrite Doll’*, ‘Gonnae No Dae That’*, ‘Ye Blether’* … just some of the Scottish phrases for true romantics and some for the less romantic Scots oot there too!! Which one did you get?

100 Scottish Love Poems
The best collection WeeBox HQ could find! Immerse yourself in traditional and modern Scottish verse and be transported to inspiring, romantic Scotland.

A wee breakfast in bed?
What’s more romantic! Exclusive to WeeBox, Pipsqueak Preserves has created a twist on traditional Scottish marmalade by adding a splash of champagne! Handcrafted in Glasgow, create a special breakfast for you or the one you love.

* ‘Pure Stoater’ – someone who is fantastic, excellent, handsome, beautiful. Undiluted joy!
* ‘Ye Dancin’?’ – fancy a wee dance with me?
* ‘Awrite Doll’ – a term of endearment used to talk to a pretty girl / doll face
* ‘Gonnae No Dae That’ – don’t do that! Wee phrase often associated with a sketch in Scottish genius comedy, “Chewin’ the fat” (a must watch!!)
* ‘Ye Blether’ – someone who babbles on, talks nonsense!

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