Scotland Local Customs

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Scotland Local Customs

  • Eating / Drinking

    Edinburgh Local Customs

    When I told one of my friends I was going to Edinburgh, he said "You must try haggis!" I asked him what it was, but he told me (ironically) that I'd better just ordered it in a restaurant in Edinburgh. I looked the meaning up in the Longman dictionary, which read: "haggis: a food eaten in Scotland, made from the heart and other organs of a sheep...

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  • Local people/language

    Glasgow Local Customs

    The presence of 43 university departments of Scots language in German Universities as opposed to zero in English universities somewhat shows up the inequalities of the United Kingdom.Glasgow University has always had its Scots language dept as well as its history dept. and this institution has for centuries been a torch bearer in the...

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  • Men In Kilts

    Edinburgh Local Customs

    now you can't come to Scotland and not try the nation's second favourite drink - Irn Bru (Iron Brew). it's made fae girders (not really but it's supposed to give you super human powers - just like this piper has .... hmmm)

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  • Rangers/Celtic

    Glasgow Local Customs

    Football violence - between the fans of 2 teams' supporters - is not limited to Glasgow on the odd occasion when it happens. It happens in every city in Europe. All of these comments are blowing it way out of context and are completely giving the wrong impression. It is a much bigger problem in England. Get over it everybody who keeps commenting on...

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  • Miscellaneous

    Edinburgh Local Customs

    In Leith there is a monument to the whalers, showing a harpoon that was used to hunt whales. This want to remember that they used the fat of whales to illuminate the lighthouse which guided the sailors En Leith hay un monumento a los balleneros , que tienen un arpón de los que se usaban para cazar ballenas Con ello quieren recordar que...

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  • Bagpipes

    Glasgow Local Customs

    On a warm sunny day's walkabout around Glasgow's west end, and with the World Pipe Band Championships due to take place next weekend, at Glasgow Green, I diverted my explorations into the park, not only to see what's new but also to listen to the pipes and drums....... The park always looks at its best in August, when all the trees have...

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  • Festival, Tattoo, Hogmanay, Etc.

    Edinburgh Local Customs

    Before the festival begins, there is a Cavalcade of floats advertising the participants. It was not advertised because of security,but we heard from a friend and made our way to Prince's Street down which the parade would drive. There were already people waiting at noon, though the parade was due to start at 2.30pm. We grabbed good positions near...

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  • Weather

    Glasgow Local Customs

    Scotland, while very scenic is famous for the weather being unpredictable. It can change very fast in a short space of time, especially in mountain and sea areas. When packing, always best to ensure for all types of weather. During the summer months, the hours of daylight are long and it may not get dark until after 11pm.

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  • Accent

    Edinburgh Local Customs

    Very helpful indeed. aboot - about auld - old bairn - child ben - mountain bonnie - beautiful brae - slope braw - fine cock-a-leekie - chicken and leek soup coo - cow dae - do deid - dead doon - down eejit - idiot efter - after frae - from frein - friend Glaswegian (Weegie) - of/from Glasgow glen - valley gowk - fool greet - weep guid - good hae...

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  • New Year/Hogmanay

    Glasgow Local Customs

    This picture is of fireworks at midnight at George's Square. The Scots really enjoy New Year (Hogmany) and have some of the world's largest parties. It is considered that the first person over the threshold on Hogmany brings luck (especially if they are tall dark and handsome (some chance!!) not many tall Scotsmen let me tell you!. Warning do not...

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  • Tips For Travellers

    Edinburgh Local Customs

    Bus 35 will also get you into the center of Edinburgh at £1.20 instead of £3.50 the Airlink charges. Both buses can be found at their respective stops right outside the airport doors. Also, consider buying a day pass which allows for unlimited travel on the buses for one day for only £3.00. Finally, be sure to have the exact amount as no change is...

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  • Money

    Edinburgh Local Customs

    If you reside outside of the European Union, you will most likely be able to claim back the VAT (value added tax 17.5%) you have paid. Make sure you keep all your receipts. Some shops, selling more expensive goods, operate a scheme for overseas visitors outside the European Union, to sell to you without VAT at the time of buying.

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  • Shopping

    Edinburgh Local Customs

    Instead of going out, we opted to prepare food for ourselves with wholesome organic chicken, fresh vegetables and cheese. It's open every Saturday 2am til 2pm. First Saturday every month, slow food cooking demos for...

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  • Art & Culture

    Edinburgh Local Customs

    Edinburgh has along history of being often at the centre of Scottish art and literary activity - in more modern times film and television have also become apart of the city and the area around it. Many fictional characters have been turned in film and television. On a visit to Edinburgh I encountered this first hand! The photographs show the...

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  • Buildings Etc

    Edinburgh Local Customs

    Castle Rock is where Edinburgh began. Much damaged and often changing hands in the long and punishing wars of independence against England, Edinburgh Castle began to assume its present appearance in 1356. In the fifteenth century King James III began using the Castle as an ordnance factory - which must have dramatically reduced its desirability as...

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  • Tours Etc

    Edinburgh Local Customs

    A stopover at the famous CAITHNESS GLASS FACTORY at PERTH proved to be very fruitful for me. I managed to buy a very special piece (engraved & personalised) for my cousin, Irene's wedding. The Caithness Glass Story: * Opened its first factory in Wick in 1961. * Regarded as one of the foremost makers of handmade glass & introduced engraved...

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  • HAGGIS

    In Scotland why don't you try eating a haggis, which consists of heart liver and lungs of a sheep which is minced and mixed with onion, oatmeal, suet and spices, then encased in a sheep's stomach and simmered for 3 hours. It is normally served with neeps and tatties (turnip and potatoes), and traditionally served on Burns Night, the famous poet who...

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  • THE GLORIOUS 12th

    This refers to the 12th August which is the day that the shooting season for grouse begins. The grouse is a small bird but the Scots will get their hunting gear on, their guns cleaned and venture forth to try and shoot the little bird that is not even big enough for a meal!!!

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  • BURNS NIGHT

    Burns Night is celebrated throughout Scotland on 25th January, when every Scot will drink whisky and eat haggis. Burns was Scotland's most celebrated poet born Jan 25th 1759 and died in 1796. Many establishments such as hotels and pubs will have a Burns Supper, followed by poetry reading, music and dancing. Burns, himself wrote a famous poet about...

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  • Scotland's national dish: Haggis, Neeps...

    Haggis is the national "sausage" of Scotland, dating back to the ancient Celts. Now, before you judge the Haggis for containing offal, take a moment to consider this: at least the Haggis is honest enough to not lie about its ingredients... but have you ever thought about the exact contents of your burger or sausage? Or that meat pie you're eating?...

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  • Culinary Blasphemy: the deep-fried Mars...

    Deep-fried Mars Bars are said to have been invented in the Haven Chip Bar in Stonehaven, on Scotland's North-East Coast. The first mention of deep-fried Mars Bars was in the summer of 1995.The chocolate needs to be frozen before being dipped in batter and tossed into the deep fryer; otherwise the whole thing comes apart in a melted gooey mess....

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  • Scotland's very own soundtrack: THE...

    I love the sound of bagpipes: I always have, even before I fell in love with a Scotsman and even way before I ever set foot in Scotland. Their haunting sound that carries loud and far always makes the hairs on the back of my neck tingle... in a good way!The bagpipe isn't actually a Scottish instrument: first versions of the instrument can be traced...

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  • Quintessentially Scottish: SPORRAN

    This tip is an extension of my tips written about the KILT and also TARTAN.The Sporran is a traditional part of male Scottish Highland dress. It is a bag that is worn around the waist... a wallet worn with the pocket-less Scottish kilt.It started out as a rather humble bag or pouch, usually carrying some money - but also salt and oats that could be...

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  • Quintessentially Scottish: THE KILT

    Aaaah, the kilt. Where shall I begin? I'm sure I am not the only woman who thinks a man in a kilt is something special. Something nice to look at... yes, even sexy. OK, there, I said it! And I already liked kilts before I was lucky enough to meet, fall in love with and marry a Scotsman :-)The history of the kilt is quite strange, for the modern...

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  • Quintessentially Scottish: TARTAN

    This tip is an extension of my tip about the Scottish Kilt. The typical pattern on a kilt is called a TARTAN. Tartan is a pattern that originated in the Scottish Highlands, consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colours. This type of pattern is so quintessentially Scottish, that in German we actually call tartan...

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  • The Flower of Scotland; a resilient...

    Officially, Scotland does not have its own national anthem; the United Kingdom's "God save the Queen" is the official anthem. However, since the 1970s "Flower of Scotland" has been adopted as Scotland's unofficial national anthem and I think it's a beautiful song with a haunting melody. (see my Scotland intro page for full lyrics.So, what exactly...

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  • Recipe for Scottish Whisky & Ginger...

    I discovered this recipe a while ago (I think it was actually a cooking programme on Scottish TV...) and everyone I have ever made these for was very happy! The truffles are really easy to make but look very impressive indeed; so these are great as a gift on Burn's Night, Christmas, a Birthday or simply as a little after-dinner treat for your...

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  • Scots Slang - "havin' a wee blether with...

    There's an old traveller's motto: "when in Rome..." meaning that the visitor should try to adapt, integrate and get involved with the local culture, food and language. In Scotland, most residents speak regular modern-day English - but they throw-in numerous funny slang words and colloquialisms that I just find absolutely endearing and fun :-)So,...

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  • Scots Gaelic - the original language of...

    It is estimated that between 60,000 - 80,000 people still speak Scots Gaelic in the United Kingdom. You will also notice that especially in the north of Scotland and the Highlands, street signs and town names are always printed in English AND in Scots Gaelic in order to preserve the original spelling and pronunciation (click on photo) During our...

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  • "Freeeedom!" Scottish...

    "Scottish by birth, British by law, Highlander by the grace of God" - Anonymous.Remember the father figure (played by Michael Constantine) in the 2002 movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding?" He was famous for his undying patriotism & constantly talking about how "the Greeks invented everything" and "all words are derived from the beautiful Greek...

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  • Low Flyer

    I’m not a Scotch drinker, but when in Scotland it is a must. We had the chance to visit the Glenlivet distillery. The tour of the distillery is interesting even for the non-drinker. It can also be included on a historical trip. We also sampled the Famous Grouse while in Scotland… the Low Flying Bird as they call it is definitely a must!

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  • Town Galas: Riding of the Marches

    Riding of the Marches is a very common annual event in many ancient boroughs of Scotland. In truth it was widespread across the whole of Britain from Medieval times onwards, but the tradition is retained most in the southern part of Scotland.What is now a festival finds its origins in the ancient rituals of marking the boundaries of towns,...

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  • Hogmanay: Scotland's national festival

    Scotland IS the spiritual home of New Year, so much so that January 2nd is also a national holiday. In many communities Hogmanay is a more significant day than Christmas. Indeed I’ve spent many a Hogmanay in the North West Islands where the entire discussion in the week between Christmas and New Year is taken up with discussions about who is...

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  • Anyone for A Scottish Wedding?

    Along with whisky, haggis and wild mountain scenery, Scotland carries romantic images of marriages. Its reputation in marriages hails from the days when, thanks to Lord Hardwickes's marriage act of 1754, family law in England and Scotland varied to the extent that couples aged 16 could get married in Scotland without parental consent whereas back...

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  • Modern Day Druids - Gathering Wood...

    You may think of druids in white robes, perhaps influenced by Lord Of The Rings, but nowadays people of all sorts can be found up trees, gathering herbs and snacks!This is me, up a tree again, harvesting wood sorrel. When fresh, with new leaves, it makes a delicious, mouth watering snack.It looks like a three leaved shamrock / clover and grows all...

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  • National Costume - Kilts and Football...

    The image of Scotland is Tartan and men in Kilts - as in the picture.Scottish Tartan Web link: http://www.scottishtartans.org/It is common to see men in these tartan skirts ;-) for weddings, special occassions and in military pipebands but not often seen amongst the common man.A kilt uses 9m of cloth, so is quite heavy and very expensive - a new...

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  • Scottish beer

    After the Whisky, there is of course the Scottish beer, they have rather many and I can't remember all that I have tasted, but one particular that I like is this Belhaven. I remember it well because I can now get it from the tap on my own local pub :)

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  • Scotland has given the world... great...

    Those of you that know me are aware of the fact that I'm just bonkers about animals... so here's a special tip from my heart to you - to friends of all things 4-legged & furry ;-)Most of us have heard of the famous West-Highland Terrier, or the quirky-looking Scottish Fold Cat... but there are plenty more famous breeds that originated in...

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  • Scottish Scones - how to make &...

    I didn't know what scones were before I met my Scotsman. Nowadays, I think they're a fantastic tea-time treat that is very versatile: plain, savory or sweet with raisins - make your favourite and enjoy :-)The origin of the name 'scone' is unclear - but they did first appear in Scotland in the 1500s. Some say the name comes from where the Kings of...

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  • Scottish Oatcakes (Bannocks) - that...

    Savoury oatcakes (or bannocks) are quintessentially Scottish. An oatcake is a thin, flat, crisp biscuit - perfect with some hearty cheese, smoked salmon & dill or chutney, they are an essential component to any cheeseboard or also fantastic eaten alongside a steaming bowl of homemade soup.Oatcakes are widely considered to be the national bread of...

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  • Highland Cattle

    The incredibly cuddly Highland Cattle are one of the attractions of every Scotland journey and one of the oldest races of domestic animals. Still, it is advisable not to have too close contact with them, especially when they have young calves. We once had to hike through a herd of Highland Cattle who became very skittish at our approach.

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  • Pipe bands, summer fetes and mods

    Throughout the summer, towns and villages have their fete or gala. The streets are decorated with bunting and flowers. The festivities last a week or less. Sometimes a local girl is chosen as the Carnival or Gala Queen and there will be a procession with a 'crowning ' ceremony. Different activities take place in towns and villages , usually...

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  • Don't like whisky? Try REAL SCOTTISH...

    When in Scotland everyone will tell you to try a real Single Malt Whisky... well, I'm not a huge fan of whisky and if you feel the same, another fantastic thing to try is a real Scottish ale (beer).In recent years there has been a huge increase in micro breweries across Scotland producing ale the old fashioned way. All real ales are predominantly...

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  • Celtic Knotwork, the Luckenbooth & other...

    Most of us are probably only used to seeing Celtic knots as hip and funky tattoos these days, but there is a fascinating history to these beautiful designs:Many ancient cultures used interlacing designs but none developed them to the complexity attained by the clans / tribes of the Celtic world (Scotland, Ireland & Wales) during the 6th to 8th...

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  • IRN BRU: "Scottishness" in a can

    Irn Bru (pronounced as Iron Brew) is a carbonated bright orange-coloured soft drink, and besides whisky proudly known as "Scotland's other National drink." It was first introduced to the masses in 1901.The small red *Barr* printed inbetween the words Irn and Bru is a reference to the company's chairman Robin Barr.Apparently the highly secretive...

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