John Barrington

discover secret scotland

Scottish Tourism takes on a new twist – Explore Scotland through myths, legends and history.  Discover Secret Scotland through folklore and whisky.  
Take and adventure through time and taste.

“The blizzard struck from the north without warning, as sudden and brutish as a Viking raid. The wind tore at everything, searching out any weak point in a quest for absolute destruction. The stout walls of Glengyle house stood firm, but outside, who could tell what havoc the furies of the night were wreaking.”

– RED SKY AT NIGHT

Explore scotland

Join John Barrington as he takes you on a journey of mystery and wonder, to discover and unravel the hidden secrets of Scotland.

John is an accomplished author, storyteller and guide to the mysteries of secret Scotland. He is renowned for his knowledge of Scottish folklore, myths, legends, factual history and wildlife. He is a member of The Scottish Storytelling Centre and gave a Master Class in storytelling for the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

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whisky

The whiskies of Scotland will always perfectly reflect the landscape in which they were distilled. As you travel North through Scotland, the countryside begins to grow becoming larger, more grandiose and much more interesting - as do the whiskies.

I bring a selection of single malt whisky to the table, taking a spiritual journey across Scotland – telling a few stories as we go.

wines

“Wine improves the food and the company” King Solomon (BC 972 – 922). This old adage is still so very true, and wine is produced and enjoyed in every country in the world. In a sixty-minute presentation I will bring forward an Old World and New World expression of white, rose and redwine. The “Auld Alliance” with France, dating from 797AD, probably explains theScots’ affinity for good wine – and good company.

GINS

Gin has quite suddenly taken the world by storm, rocketing to become the top-selling spirit drink in Britain. It is also the “Wild West” of alcoholic beverages, with very little in the way of the rules and regulations which strictly control the production of both whisky and wine. However, this guarantees my gin tasting sessions are sixty minutes of absolute mayhem – and a great deal of fun.

Join John Barrington as he takes you on a journey of mystery and wonder, to discover and unravel the hidden secrets of Scotland.

John is an accomplished author, storyteller and guide to the mysteries of secret Scotland. He is renowned for his knowledge of Scottish folklore, myths, legends, factual history and wildlife. He is a member of The Scottish Storytelling Centre and gave a Master Class in storytelling for the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

From chapter 9, ‘Dog Tales’.

 

“Not only did Charles II bestow his own royal name on the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, the breed is covered by a special, unrepealed statute. This law states that no King Charles Spaniel is to be denied entry anywhere in the land. They are even allowed admission into both Houses of Parliament. Approbation comes no higher. Another tale actually relates to a dog without a tail. Sophie, a blue Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog, had to swim for an estimated 12 hours after falling out of the family boat. Having survived the perils of the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Queensland, Sophie made landfall on Keswick Island, where the three-year-old bitch had no fresh water and only lizards to feed on. From this inhospitable refuge, Sophie swam across a dangerous, half-mile passage to St Bees Island, finding both water and a better supply of food. Eventually, a full five months after hitting the water, Dave and Joan Griffiths were reunited with their dog. A display of supreme ingenuity.”

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