Voyage Celebrates Burns Night
Celebrating Burns Night
‘Farewell to the mountains, high-cover'd with snow,
Farewell to the straths and green vallies below;
Farewell to the forests and wild-hanging woods,
Farewell to the torrents and loud-pouring floods.’
My Heart’s in the Highlands (1789)
The 25th of January marks an important date in any Scots’ calendar, Burns Night. Consisting of haggis, poetry, and pipes, the evening devotes itself to Robert Burns, the hero of Scottish verse. Stuffed to the gizzards with hearty Scottish food, revellers delight in the enormous cultural legacy left behind by the Bard.
With over 100 poems dedicated to the theme of nature, Rabbie Burns’ love for the great outdoors and all housed within it is apparent. In his famous poem, Tam o’Shanter (1790), the Bard alludes to the beautifully ephemeral and constantly evolving essence of nature:
‘But pleasures are like poppies spread,
You seize the flower, its bloom is shed;
Or like the snow falls in the river,
A moment white–then melts for ever;
Or like the borealis race,
That flit ere you can point their place;
Or like the rainbow’s lovely form
Evanishing amid the storm.–
Nae man can tether time or tide;
The hour approaches Tam maun ride;’
And yet, whilst ‘nae man can tether time or tide’, artists, like Burns, do have the power to immortalise the fleeting treasures found in our bonnie Scotland through song, verse, painting or sculpture.
Here at Voyage, we’re proud to walk in such mammoth footsteps as we earnestly seek to capture the enchanting scenery, flora, and fauna we find in our beloved country. It’s humbling to see our thistles and highland cows being sent across the world to adorn your homes. For some, it transports them home. For others, it stokes a great yearning within them to visit our idyllic land.
For many years, our designers have also thought carefully about which mediums best match our pursuit to celebrate the natural world. You’ll notice we frequently take pleasure in watercolour, a paint so well suited to representing the transient temperament of the countryside. The loose brushwork or translucent colour achieved by this form serves well the setting sun, or the windswept thistle.
We count it a tremendous privilege to call on the same muse that Burns did, the breath-taking beauty of Scotland inspiring artists throughout the ages.