Outlander-inspired!

Be transported back in time with WeeBox and Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books this month! Clans, tartans & tweeds, ancient recipes and of course, castles.  Delve into the history and romance of Scotland wherever you are in the world!

‘Take me home to Lallybroch’

Hand-crafted within a hairsbreadth of Lallybroch (Midhope Castle) by Louise of Leviko Designs, we bring you this stunning bookmark of gemstone and crystals which surround the ‘key to Lallybroch’.  

Lallybroch is the ancestral home of Jamie Fraser, the fictional character in the Outlander series, set in 18th century Scotland. Jamie is a Scottish soldier and landowner, well-educated and raised to be the future Laird of Lallybroch. Midhope was built in the 15th Century and was built by John Martyne, laird of Medhope. It was rebuilt in the mid 1600s and remains much the same today.  

Claire’s Traditional Tweed

Outlander is inspiring innovative Scottish designers to breathe new life into Scotland’s heritage fabrics. The show’s talented costume designer, Terry Dresbach, who sources local materials for authenticity—has played a large role in this new Scottish style-spotlight. 

Dresbach credits Scotland’s “extraordinary” craftsmanship and the country’s “real integration of nature into the work that’s done here” for the long-awaited fashion reinvigoration. So we’ve found you this bonnie tweed purse, designed by Earth Squared, a local design house based in North Berwick, near Edinburgh … which one did you get?

Phoebe Sherston’s traditional bramble* jam (*blackberry)

Diana Gabaldon’s ‘The Fiery Cross’ brought us inspiration to create this exclusive bramble jam hand-crafted by Pipsqueak Preserves! The bramble or Smear Dubh was much valued by old Highlanders and this old-fashioned jam, is Pipsqueak Preserves re-imagining of what Phoebe Sherston would have brought to the battlefield at Alamance.  Enjoy and take a step back in time!

“Jamie and the Governor, shaken out of their nose to nose confrontation, had also retired to the shadows; I could see them, two stiff shadows, one tall and one shorter, standing close together.  The element of danger had gone out of their tête-a-tête, though; I could see Jamie’s head bent slightly toward Tryon’s shadow, listening.

“… brought food,” Phoebe Sherston was telling me, her round face pink with excited self-importance.  “Fresh bread, and butter, and some blackberry jam and cold chicken and…”

“Food!”  I said, abruptly reminded of the parcel I held under my arm.  “Do pardon me!” I gave her a quick, bright smile, and ducked away, leaving her open-mouthed in front of the tent.”

The Fiery Cross (Chapter 72 – Tinder and Char)

Wear Doune Castle with pride!

Own your own wee piece of Doune Castle or Castle Leoch, the seat of Clan Mackenzie! This bonnie, cotton bag bearing the stunning medieval stronghold was designed exclusively for WeeBox by our great pals at Brave Scottish Gifts.

It is here at Doune Castle, that we are introduced to many important Outlander characters, including Murtagh, Mrs Fitz and Laoghaire MacKenzie as well as Colum MacKenzie, Laird of the Clan, his wife Letitia and their son Hamish.  Much of the castle was used in filming. The huge courtyard, and great hall were used to great effect, as well as the surrounding grounds. One interesting exception was the Doune Castle kitchen. A set was built to exactly replicate the castle’s kitchen, presumably to help make filming easier.

We had 2 braw options for the ‘book’ element of this month’s WeeBox, so we decided to bring both for our Clan to try … which one did you get? 

Chronicle your own Scottish adventures

Celebrate the fight for love, honour, and the Scottish Highlands with this deluxe Outlander notebook, inviting you to pen your own inspiring travels

OR

Follow the Clan Fraser Origin Story 

Enjoy the stirring story of Clan Fraser from the beginnings in the mist of Caledonian history with this bonnie wee book.  Frasers of Lovat, Jamie Frasers Clan in ‘Outlander’ was in fact, a junior branch of the Clan Fraser.  It was during the 14th century when Clan Fraser split into two separate clans – the Lowland Frasers of Philorth, and the Frasers of Lovat – which are today recognised as two separate clans with common ancestry.

Clan Gathering

With ancient origins, Scottish Clans are celebrated across the world and this month WeeBox is brimming with gifts to help you create your own ‘Gathering’ no matter where you are!  So set the scene with gifts to eat, experience and fill your senses, taking you on a journey to glorious Scotland!

Create the ambience of an ancient Highland Gathering 

Light your bonnie candle for a walk through Highland landscapes with the aromatic unity of moss under foot, fresh citrus and greenleaf all inspired by Shearer Candles’ Scottish heritage.

Can you find your Clan Crest?

Ancient Scottish Clans are celebrated the world over and we are proud to bring you this bonnie Glen Appin teatowel, perfect to display in your kitchen or even frame!  

The tribal instinct is as old as mankind. The Scottish Nation, which came together between the 6th and 14th centuries, was to absorb many immigrants in the process of its creation.  Few aspects of Scotland’s fascinating history were as colourful, or as bloody, as the clan system. From ancient origins in the Celtic, Norse or Norman-French traditions, by the 13th century, the clans had grown firm roots in the Highlands of Scotland.

While the term ‘clan’ means family or children in Gaelic, not everyone in the same clan was actually related to each other. The clans lived off the land, with cattle being their main source of wealth and, along with border disputes, the prime cause of inter-clan unrest.

Today, many clans can be traced back to a specific part of Scotland, for example the MacLeods of Skye, the MacNeils of Barra or the MacNabs of St Fillan on Loch Earn. If you have ancestral ties and a clan history in Scotland, a trip to your clan’s homeland is an incomparable and moving experience like no other.

Toast your Clan! Slainte!

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

What’s a Clan Gathering without our national drink?! This luxury tartan hipflask from Couthie Gifts is perfect for the guid stuff whether you’re rambling in the Highlands or jigging at a ceilidh.

WeeBox HQ love working closely with Craig and his team at Couthie to bring you special wee gifts.  There’s always a hot cuppa and a wee biscuit too when we pop into their showroom to browse their stunning gifts!

Salute World Whisky Month and take a journey through whisky country ….. 

Ever wondered where your favourite wee dram comes from in Scotland?  Did you know May is whisky month? And what better way to salute this, than with the brand new ‘Whisky Pocket Guide’ by expert and founder of World Whisky Day, Blair Bowman.  Blair is an in-demand whisky writer and consultant and has created a this  whisky map which is a wee bit different.  It focuses on flavours instead of regions, concentrating on the tastes and textures of the tipples … braw fun to read!

Scottish artisan oatcakes from the Kingdom of Fife!

We guarantee these are the tastiest oatcakes you will ever have! Hand-rolled, rugged and multi award-winning ‘Your Piece Baking Company’ is famous for Fife oats and ‘Fife Cut’ (classic triangular shape) used by generations of Fife bakers – ideal for serving at your Clan Gathering! 

At Your Piece Baking Company they take their baking very seriously and are proud of Scotland’s culinary heritage (‘piece’ by the way is another word we use in Scotland for ‘sandwich’!!).

All the oats are sourced from farms in North East Fife and they never use any artificial additives or preservatives. The recipes are based on those used by Scottish artisan bakers for centuries. Crafted by hand they create unique, delicious products that are enjoyed all over the world. 

So, finally, light your Highland Collection candle, pour your favourite dram, sit back and dream of Scotland!

Slainte from all at WeeBox HQ!

The Unicorn of Scotland

Did you know that the unicorn was Scotland’s national animal? The Scots had a thing for unicorns long before anyone else! While the animal is mythological, the ideals it represents are what make it a perfect fit for Scotland – proud, pure and powerful.  This month, enjoy the magic of ‘The Unicorn of Scotland’ WeeBox!

The Coming of the Unicorn

This mesmerising book by one of Scotland’s best-loved story tellers is utterly charming and brimming with mystical tales, a joy to own! 

‘Stories are something you carry with you, something to last your entire life, to be passed on to your children, and their children for evermore.’

Duncan Williamson came from a family of Travelling People, who told stories around the campfire for entertainment and for teaching. As a child, Duncan learnt the ways of the world through stories: ‘My father’s knowledge told us how to live in this world as natural human beings — not to be greedy, not to be foolish, not to be daft or selfish — by stories.’

In this collection, he passes on some of these wonderful children’s folk and fairy tales. For over sixty years Duncan travelled around Scotland — on foot, then in a horse and cart, and later an old van — collecting tales, which not only come from the Travelling People but from the crofters, farmers and shepherds he met along the way. This collection includes tales about cunning foxes and storytelling cats, hunchbacked ogres and beautiful unicorns, helpful broonies and mysterious fairies.

The ‘Unicorn of Scotland’

The unicorn and its sacred bond with Scotland is associated with Scottish heraldry.  Enjoy this bonnie picture from a stain-glass window in St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh designed by the very talented Thomas of Brave Scottish Gifts.

Golden Chains of the Scottish Unicorn 

Scottish unicorns are always portrayed with golden chains as a symbol of Scottish kings, so we’ve teamed up with Hamilton and Young to bring you your own Scottish gold chain and bonnie glass unicorn of your own!

“The Unicorn of Scotland, milk-white with gold hooves, horn and mane, has a coronet around its neck, like a collar, with a gold chain attached. It is thought that the chain was to show a great beast had been tamed to serve the king. As with most chained beasts in heraldry, its strength is emphasised rather than diminished by its shackles” 

Unicorns and Easter Rainbows 

From one of our oldest, family confectionary companies ‘Gordon & Durward’ est’d in 1925 – indulge in Scottish fudge, perfect to bring a wee piece of Scotland to your family table.

Gordon and Durward was started in 1925, the name originating from the founders Mr & Mrs Durward, Mrs Durward having the maiden name of Gordon. They sold to George and Daisy Anderson in 1947. George was known locally as Sweetie Geordie, the business continued under the careful eye of the Anderson’s son John and his wife Pamela until they retired in 1989. The Donaldson’s, a well known Crieff family, then bought the business.

Graham and Caroline Donaldson have over the past 25 years steadily expanded the business to a point were the brand of Gordon and Durward is to be found all over Scotland and England in the finest retailers. We knew when we met Graham and tasted this, we had to share it with you!

Finally, treat your feet to a soft, unicorn embrace!

For a wee giggle, we’ve included magical socks.  So put your feet up and wear your tartan Unicorn of Scotland with pride.

Happy Unicorns and Rainbows this month WeeBox Clan!

Scottish Highland Kitchen

The Highlands beg to be explored and a wonderful way to do this is through our magnificent natural larder.  This month, WeeBox brings you a wee touch of this magical land to your own kitchen with exclusively curated, stunning gifts …. so hold your breath and dive in!

‘The Scottish Food Bible’ by Lady Macdonald, of the Isle of Skye

Scottish produce is celebrated the world over, so why not create your own Scottish feast.  So, you’ve made it all the way up to the Highlands and now the question looms in your mind, what should I eat? Why not try your hand at any of these traditional Scottish recipes, all sure to be delicious and a true Scottish experience! Lady Claire Macdonald is the author of 17 best-selling cookery books, including Seasonal Cooking, The Harrods Book of Entertaining, The Claire Macdonald Cookbook and Entertaining Solo. She is an energetic Patron of Scottish Food Fortnight and The Association of Scottish Farmers’ Markets. In recognition of her contribution to Scottish food Claire was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award by National Farmers’ Union in 2011 and the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland.

Your own piece of Scotland’s Malt Whisky Trail …

Bring authentic whisky making history to your table with the iconic, depth of flavours of Scotland and White Rose Creations whisky barrel shavings.  Ideal for your BBQ or home smoker for a true Scottish experience!

Each year, thousands of barrels that have previously contained rum, sherry, port, and bourbon are shipped to Scotland to mature and flavour our iconic drink – whisky. Once they have completed this task, often decades later, the barrels are broken apart ready to be sold as firewood.

This is where White Rose Creations come in. They handpick each piece of wood, recognising its potential to become something very special.

Run by husband and wife team Ollie & Abigail Ellis, White Rose Creations is based just 5 miles from Dufftown, the Malt Whisky Capital, where they source all of their barrels.  They are ideally situated at the very heart of Scotland’s Malt Whisky Trail – the only trail of its kind in the world – and are privileged to be able to offer such an authentic piece of whisky making history.

The thistle – national emblem of Scotland! 

This stunning slate, thistle coaster has been lovingly hand-crafted in Ayrshire, the perfect addition to any Highland Kitchen, no matter where you are in the world!  We first met Lesley of Slated a few years ago and knew we had to share her stunning work with you! 

She was formally trained as an artist at Edinburgh College of Art where she specialised in painting, becoming a wildlife and landscape painter.

In 2014 she became fascinated with working with stone. Enlisting the help of her husband Geoff, and his amazing cutting machine, Lesley started making her first slate designs and Slated was born!

Since those early days, they have been designing and making many slate shapes for their customers worldwide.

The Highlands … spirit of Scotland at its best

And after you have created your Scottish feast, relax with a hot cuppa in your very own adorable, heilan coo mug.  Not forgetting Mrs Tilly’s traditional Scottish tablet made to a secret recipe … and relax!

WeeBox HQ had a ball meeting THE REAL Mrs Tilly at her ‘Indulgence Factory’.  As a family run business committed to producing traditional Scottish confectionery of outstanding quality, her tablet is created by hand using traditional methods.  The wonderful tablet, made to a secret recipe, has deservedly earned a great reputation for mouth-watering flavour.  They only use the finest of ingredients and this world famous award winning confectionery is for you to indulge.

WeeBox HQ hopes you love your journey to bring the Highlands to life in your own family kitchen! 

A Traditional Scottish Christmas

An old fashioned, Scottish Christmas ….. that’s what we are wishing you with a WeeBox brimming with Scottish Christmas joy! Yer November WeeBox has everything you need to bring Scottish traditions to yer family celebrations, deck yer halls and create memories to last a lifetime. 

Yer Christmas ‘coo’ messages* (*shopping)

It’s the busiest time of the year! Yer rushed aff yer feet wi’all the Christmas shoppin’, so we hope yer very own wee Highland coo bag will help. Which design did you get?!

Numpty, Coorie, Jiggin’!

While yer cooking up a Christmas feast, bring a touch of festive, red tartan and some our most beloved Scots words to yer family kitchen with this Scots dictionary teatowel!

O’ yon Christmas Tree!

Trim yer tree with one of these bonnie tree decorations to evoke memories of Scotland! Which one did you get?! 

‘Coorie in’* on long, winter nights … (*get snug/cosy”)

While the hours away as ye delve into Scotland’s past and a bygone era.  This vintage 100 piece jigsaw is perfect for those long, winter nights dreaming of Scotland.  

Indulge … in the essence of Scottish Christmas

Decorated trees, snowmen, mince pies – there are some things that just define a Scottish Christmas! Mince pies somehow hold the very essence of Christmas in their crust … and WeeBox brings you the best!  Alex Dalgetty & Sons, award winning 5th generation family bakers, have created these luxurious mince pies made with brandy, using original recipes from the 1880’s at their bakery in the heart of the Scottish Borders. Eat yours warm or cold, with cream or not …. but certainly by a fire with a wee dram. 

If this just isn’t enough Scottish joy, here are our WeeBox HQ top 5 tips for a very, merry Scottish Christmas:

  1. Choose a Scottish Christmas card design with a stag or adorable heilan coo! Did you know: Christmas cards are said to be invented in Edinburgh in the mid-nineteenth century?
  2. Deck yer halls with tartan! From yon Christmas tree to yer festive table, Royal Stewart red tartan is always a bonnie choice at this time of year
  3. Gie yer guests a treat and stuff yer turkey with the best haggis you can buy!  Haggis has been eaten by Scots since the 15th century and is a braw alternative to traditional stuffing. It adds that touch of Scotland to your Christmas feast and helps to keep the turkey delicious and moist
  4. In Scotland, the bairns and granny’s alike will be watching Christmas TV favourites like Scotch & Wry, The Snowman (of Irn Bru advert fame!) and Still Game … why not gie them a try with a wee mince pie and cuppa
  5. Finally, a wee dram of yer finest whisky next to the fire is a must for any Scot on Christmas nicht! Slainte!

WeeBox wishes you and your kin a very Merry, Scottish Christmas…..  wherever you are!

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!

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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