Alexander McCall Smith is a professor of medical ethics at Edinburgh University and the author of more than 50 books. This is his list of of delightful reading.
A Ceilidh (pronounced "Kay-lay", emphasis on 1st syllable) derives from the Gaelic word meaning a visit and originally meant just that (and still does in Gaelic). It can also mean a house party, a concert or more usually an evening of informal Scottish traditional dancing to informal music.
People of all countries tend to use forenames which run in the family. In Scotland families not only use such names but they tend to follow specific naming patterns based on their linage.
The Scotsman, in partnership with the National Trust for Scotland, has launched a public vote to find the Seven Wonders of Scotland--the heartbeat of the nation, whether natural, artificial or cultural - which make Scotland what it is today.