Scotland Local Customs

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Scotland Local Customs

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • City Centre Murals Trail

    Glasgow Local Customs

    I had never heard of the City Centre Murals Trail, but I had been noticing a lot of the ends of buildings in Glasgow being covered with huge paintings. After a while I got interested and started photographing some. The idea is simply to add a bit of beauty to scenes that might otherwise look unattractive. I think it is a good idea and will download...

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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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  • Green Park

    Glasgow Local Customs

    A steamie is a Scottish word for a communal wash house, where women went to wash their clothes. The first steamie in Glasgow was opened in 1732 on the banks of the Camlachie Burn which flowed across Glasgow Green. A steamie was more than just a place to wash clothes, it was a meeting place for women - somewhere they could exchange gossip, have...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Glasgow Coat of Arms

    Glasgow Local Customs

    Visitors to Glasgow are sure to notice its rather unusual Coat of Arms. A famous rhyme goes along with it. This is the tree that never grew, This is the bird that never flew, This is the fish that never swam, This is the bell that never rang. Let Glasgow Flourish. Glasgow did not have a coat of arms until the middle of the nineteenth century....

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Street Scenes

    Edinburgh Local Customs

    Men wearing kilts on the Royal Mile and Lawnmarket at the corner of Upper Bow, colourful taxi, double-decker bus that will take you on a ghost tour. We didn't delve very deep into the ghostly aspects of Edinburgh, but I've read somewhere this is almost an industry of its own. Bagpiper in front of the Hume statue.

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  • Highland Cows

    One thing I always associate with Scotland are the Highland cows: reddish-brownish, shaggy-haired, long-horned good-natured looking cattle which peacefully grazes on grassy patches in even the most untoward weather conditions. You can see Highland cows pretty much everywhere in Scotland, so it's nothing too spectacular - but for me, it was always a...

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  • The Bagpipes

    The musical instrument most commonly associated with Scotland is the bagpipes, but they did not originate in Scotland. According to The Oxford History of Music the first known sculpture of bagpipes was found on a Hittite slab at Euyuk in the Middle East. The sculpture dates from 1000 BC. It is believed the bagpipes were brought to Britain by the...

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  • The Stone of Destiny

    The Stone of Destiny, also known as the Stone of Scone, is a plain looking block of sandstone. It was traditionally used in the coronations of Scottish kings. The stone was used at Iona, Dunadd, Dunstaffnage and Scone.The last king to be crowned on the Stone of Destiny in Scotland was John Balliol in 1292. In 1296 the stone was captured by Edward I...

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  • Charles Rennie Mackintosh

    Scotland has produced many famous people in its time. One of them is Charles Rennie Mackintosh.Charles Rennie Mackintosh was born on the 7th of June 1868 in Glasgow. He was an architect, designer, water colourist and artist. He is considered to be the main representative of Art Nouveau in the United Kiingdom. He died in London on the 10th December...

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  • The Thistle- Scotland's National Flower.

    There are several different legends explaining how the thistle became Scotland's symbol.One of these legends dates from the reign of Alexander III. At that time much of Scotland was part of the Kingdom of Norway. King Alexander III of Scotland tried to buy back the Western Isles and Kintyre from King Haakon IV of Norway. King Haakon, angry about...

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  • The Scottish Parliament

    At the bottom of the Royal Mile there is a very modern looking building quite different from the buildings round about it. This is the Scottish Parliament Building. Scotland had an independent parliament known as the Parliament of Scotland until the Treaty of Union in 1707 which joined the Kingdom of Scotland and the Kingdom of England into a new...

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  • Highland Dancing

    Highland dancing is a form of competitive solo dancing developed in the Scottish Highlands in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It is often performed at Highland Games. The dancers dance to the music of the bagpipes. Famous Highland dances include the ighland fling and sword dancing. It is colourful and entertaining to watch. The dancers need...

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  • National Dress

    Traditional Scottish dress for men was the kilt. The tartan the kilt is made of shows a person's clan or family group. Men also wear a sporran with their kilt. This is a small pouch for carrying things. It is made of fur or leather. In his sock a man would have traditionally carried a dirk which is a kind of small, sharp knife.I would be surprised...

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  • Rabbie Burns - our national poet.

    Robert Burns, affectionately known as Rabbie Burns, is the national poet of Scotland. He was born in Alloway, Ayrshire on the 25th of January 1759. It is still possible to visit the house he was born in. It is now a museum. He wrote many famous poems and songs. Some of his most famous works are: Tam O'Shanter, My love is like a Red Red Rose, A...

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  • The Edinburgh Festival

    This world famous event takes place in Edinburgh every August. We usually go and visit for the day so have been to it many, many times. Sometimes we go to some of the many shows that are on. On other occasions we just enjoy the street entertainment.The festival lasts for three weeks and visitors come to it from all over the world.The Edinburgh...

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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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