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Scotland’s History and heritage in miniature
Celtic & Pictish Crosses & carved stones
Historic Architecture models
This is a contemporary sculpture based on early Celtic & Pictish rock-art carvings and depicts the Gaelic word Failte, which means “Welcome”
Failte, the word first spoken by the host upon entering his house. So began the “Highland welcome” where the visitor was assured of a warm welcome by the traditions developed over generations. The visitor is regarded as Kin and it is the hosts pleasure to give the warmest of bedding and best of food. If a bottle of whisky is opened, tradition dictates that all the contents are consumed that day, as bad luck would befall if the cork is put back in the bottle.
Scottish poet, Robert Burns often regaled hosts, friends and acquaintances with poetry. Visiting a house at Dalnachardoch in the Highlands in September 1787, he wrote a verse as a compliment to the hospitality he received.
When death’s dark stream I ferry o’er, a time that surely shall come; In Heaven itself, I’ll ask no more, Than just a Highland welcome.
Hand painted. Resin cast reproduction of Stuart Fellowes’ original sculpture.