The ScottishLaird #GiftGuide: What to buy for everyone in your life & support the restoration of #DunansCastle

Stuck for a gift for the man who has everything? Can’t think of what to buy your teenage nephew? Mental block about a gorgeous Christmas present for your mother? has the answer – of course it does!


Adding Festive Baubles: Our site gets a refresh for the sheer merriness of it!

A good day today for a lot of reasons, not least the creation of three picture baubles for the Scottish Laird website. Also, watch out on the 10th December for new offers both from the site and Groupon UK.

With the top page of the slightly restructured website I had thought about a background of a Christmas tree with the baubles hanging from it, but it all got a little unnecessary visually! This very calm, bauble adorned front page provides a really clear route to the titles, our tartans and our accessories. We also refreshed the title circles which were looking a little retired. They’re now sharp sharp.


I particularly like these three picture baubles, utilising photography both from myself (the deed) and Jean Donaldson (teddy and tartan). The interaction of fonts (helvetica neue and zapfino) and image are particularly chocolatey (and yes that is a technical graphic design term… )

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Scottish Laird Calendar for 2015 is published!

For everyone who has entered our competition to vote for all the photos included in this gorgeous calendar, it is now for sale at the Scottish Laird website!

I’m really very proud of this – not least because it uses photographs from both myself and our redoubtable in-house professional photographer, Jean Donaldson ( We do have one archive shot, not used before, to show what Dunans was like c. 1930. …. And we couldn’t resist a shot of the Scotties too, looking delightful in the frost this January.

I wonder if you can guess which are Jean’s and which are mine? Confirmation when you buy the calendar and look at the credits at the end!