• Named for the holiest island in Scotland, site of an ancient abbey, and burial place for centuries of Scottish kings.
  • About 800AD, under Viking threat, a stunning illuminated manuscript of the gospels was carried from Iona to a hiding place in an obscure Irish abbey: it came to be known as the Book of Kells.
  • An Ola Gorie classic, this design focuses on one of the stylized yet characterful wildlife illustrations in the Book of Kells, and transforms it into unique and beautiful jewellery.
  • Kilmartin Glen in Argyll is home to a great concentration of prehistoric monuments, including an unparalleled range of rock carvings.
  • Luckenbooth brooches originated in 16th Century Edinburgh.
  • The first Christian missionary to reach Scotland, St Ninian is commemorated in monuments and legends.
  • Legend tells that a Viking night-raider stepped on a thistle and yelled in pain.