Fictional Places

Tartans for when you'd rather be somewhere else ...

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Brigadoon

Mar 13
Brigadoon Day

Originally called the Scottish Institute of Sport tartan but renamed Brigadoon in 2003.

Sherwood Forest

Aug 3
Robin Hood Days

Sherwood Forest, a royal forest in Nottinghamshire, is home to the famous Major Oak, which, according to local folklore, was Robin Hood's principal hideout and shelter where he and his Merry Men slept.

Brocéliande

Aug 22
Festival Du Roi (Arthur)

Brocéliande is the name of a legendary forest associated with Arthurian romance. The colours in this tartan represent its magic and mystery: three shades of green for the flora of the Val sans Retour, where Morgan le Fey trapped unfaithful men; blue for the wizard Merlin and Viviane, the Lady of the Lake; yellow for magic and the glow of the sun through the trees; black for King Arthur.

Dinarzh: Fortress of the Bear

Aug 22
Festival Du Roi (Arthur)

According to the legend, King Arthur built a fortress on the coast of Brittany around the year 513 AD. The name Dinard comes from the words Din meaning hill or fort and Arz/Art meaning bear or Arthur. The bear was a Celtic symbol of sovereignity. The colours are taken from the Dinard flag.

Normandy Bay Myth

Aug 22
Festival Du Roi (Arthur)

The majority of the legends surrounding King Arthur are based in Great Britain, but some stories extend through the sea of Cornwall (today's English Channel) to Normandy Bay of Mont St. Michel.

Marquis Poster for Brigadoon

Mar 13
Brigadoon Day

Brigadoon is a musical with a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. Songs from the musical such as "Almost Like Being in Love" have become standards. The story involves two American tourists who stumble upon Brigadoon, a mysterious Scottish village which appears for only one day every hundred years. Tommy, one of the tourists, falls in love with Fiona, a young woman from Brigadoon.

Robin Hood and his Merry Men

Aug 3
Robin Hood Days

Nottinghamshire is generally thought to have been the likely home of the outlaw who inspired the legend of Robin Hood, "who stole from the rich to give to the poor." Neighbouring counties Yorkshire and Leicestershire also claim historical links to Robin and his Merry Men. ​

Paimpoint Forest

Aug 22
Festival Du Roi (Arthur)

Brocéliande is the name of a legendary forest in France that first appears in literature in 1160, in the Roman de Rou, a medieval verse chronicle. Brocéliande is a notable place of legend because of its uncertain location, unusual weather, and its ties with Arthurian Romance, most notably a magical fountain and the tomb of the legendary figure Merlin. Brocéliande is most commonly considered to be Paimpont forest in Brittany.

King Arthur's Hall, Tintagel

Aug 22
Festival Du Roi (Arthur)

The majority of the legends surrounding King Arthur are based in Great Britain, but some stories extend to the coast of Brittany. ​ According to legend, King Arthur built a fortress on the coast of Brittany around the year 513 AD.

The Death of King Arthur by James Archer (1860)

Aug 22
Festival Du Roi (Arthur)

According to the legends, Arthur is later injured during the battle of Camlann and travels to Avalon to die. Tombélaine, a small tidal island in the bay of Mont St. Michel, is described as the gate to Avalon.