Scottish Clans, Plus Five Great Scots Apps For St Andrews Day
You might have a drop of Scotland in your blood, but now you can have it in your pocket, with a new Scottish clans app released in time for St Andrews day.
The ScotClans iPhone App maps all the traditional 350 clans of Scotland, and if you can find yours, you'll see your tartan, ancestral lands and find the history of your family. Register with your clan, and keep in touch with distant relatives here and abroad.
A dip into nostalgia for the motherland is all very cosy, but the app also shows the extent of the Scots diaspora across the globe, showing just how clans still make an impact today.
Once you've found your homelands, the next step is to take a trip to Scotland. There are plenty of great tourism apps for Scotland, including Edinburgh Secrets and GPS walking maps.
Welcome To Scotland is a pretty comprehensive app developed by the national visitors' centre, and covers what to do, where to eat and sleep from the highlands to the glens. The app comes fully loaded, so no need to connect to the web while roaming around.
If you've not got an ear for the wealth of Scots accents and lingo, the Speakin Scottish app should set you straight. Illustrated with a suitably touristic image of the mythical Loch Ness monster, it should help to clarify just what the locals are saying. Apparently you can use it to improve your own Scots accent. No guarantees for your own safety if your attempts at brain, wee etc, comes across as patronising.
Because you won't hear nearly enough taped bagpipe music when you get to the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, get yourself the bagpipe app on your iPad. While well-played pipes bring a tear to the eye, these work only with your headphones plugged in, as you blow into the headphone mic, thus saving others from crying in pain as you go through the tutorial.
Every tourist needs a drink after a hard day's walking, and the iPhone app Scotch Hunter will find the ideal whisky for you. It lists all Single Malts by price, region and top notes.
All apps from iTunes app store.