Winter sunset over the Cairngorms 1

Welcome to The Great Polish Map

of Scotland

The Great Polish Map of Scotland is a unique feature in the Scottish landscape. It is a large physical relief map of Scotland, sculpted in concrete and measuring some 40m by 50m. It stands in the grounds of Barony Castle, Eddleston, once the home of the Murrays of Elibank, and later the Hotel Black Barony. But how did this remarkable artefact come into existence…? Read more here

Milestones en route to ‘The Great Polish Map of Scotland’

Here is the place that was chosen for the Great Polish Map of Scotland: the South Lawn putting green at the Hotel Black Barony, Eddleston.  The moment captured in this image is at the end of April 1940.

South Lawn

South Lawn of Barony Castle in 1940

Germany’s invasion of Denmark had been completed and the last ports of Norway were soon to fall. The invasion of France and the Low Countries still lay ahead.  A month or two later, with the Fall of France, the first Polish forces began arriving in Scotland, and in due course used the hotel as a staff officer training college. Read more here