"Why Bannockburn in the Highlands?" Helmsdale Local Custom Tip by scottishvisitor

Helmsdale Local Customs: 1 reviews and 1 photos


When we first saw the pub 'Bannockburn Inn' we both remarked almost together 'What's this Bannockburn this far North?' We were puzzled - Why name a pub Bannockburn so far from this historic place near Stirling? Well the answer did come eventually during a chance meeting with a local at the Belgrave Hotel. He told us of a certain young man, named Tom Mackay, in the late 1800's had moved here from his home in the south to set up a business here in Helmsdale. Mackay's Grandson, Donald Polson, had also been the proprietor of the Inn for twenty five years. In recognition of his happy time here he was elected Chieftan of the Helmsdale Highland Games in 2001. Donald presented Helmsdale with 'the Bannockburn Cup' for the best local heavyweight athlete at the games. So not only an Inn but a cup as well with the grand old name of Bannockburn - I do love when a puzzle is solved.

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  • Updated Dec 3, 2008
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