1. It’s gorgeous here!
Anyone who has ever been to Scotland on holiday will tell you how gorgeous it is. We have some of the most amazing walks and hikes in the whole of the UK. We have more castles than you can shake a stick at. Even when the weather is what everyone calls miserable, this place is still gorgeous. We have amazing architecture too in our towns and cities.
2. The weather.
Speak to anyone in Scotland and they’ll tell you things like, “I think summer was a Tuesday this year”, or when we get a little bit of rain after a very sunny warm weekend they’ll say, “Oh that was our summer then.” But to be honest, if it was that warm for more than a few days they’d complain it was too hot and sticky. I don’t tan, I go lobster red when not wearing factor 50. So needless to say I like overcast days more than the sun. We get hot days in the summer, we get cold days in the winter, we get wet days in spring and we get windy days in autumn. We’re famous for getting all 4 seasons weathers in one day. But I wouldn’t change it for anything!
3. Scottish songs.
Rabbie (or Robert, to those not from these parts) Burns songs for example, people all over the world sing our Rabbie’s ‘Auld Lang Syne’ at new year, and the less known songs like Dignity by Deacon Blue or our unofficial national anthem I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers.
4. Crazy traditions/things we do.
These are a few of my favourite:
The last dance of the night at a party (birthday, wedding, etc.) everyone gets on the dance floor and takes hands in a huge circle right round the dance floor (with the person who’s party it is in the middle). The DJ (or band if you’re old school) puts on ‘The Bonnie Banks O’ Loch Lomond’ and everyone belts it out.
Wearing kilts at weddings (even if you’re not in the wedding party).
Any event with Scottish music and dancing is automatically branded as a ceilidh.
We use Irn Bru as a mixer for alcoholic drinks.
We deep-fry pizzas (and even cover a mars bar in batter to deep fry it).
5. Our accents/use of language.
The Scot’s language can be a weird one to those not well versed in it. Even someone like myself who has been exposed to it for 35 years struggle at times. To this day older people say words and I have to ask what they mean. But there are some words that to the outside world mean something very different, e.g.
The word c**t can be used as both a term of endearment and an insult.
Ken to most people is a man’s name, sometimes short for Kenneth, in certain parts of Scotland we use it as ‘know’ e.g. “I ken.” Meaning, I know.
Moose to most people is a rather large animal, in Scotland it can mean mouse. We pronounce anything with ‘ou’ in it as ‘oo’ e.g. hoose meaning house or oot meaning out.
A ‘piece’ in certain parts of Scotland means a sandwich. To the rest of the world piece means a part of something.
There are parts of Scotland where the words they use sound very slang, we tend to refer to those as having a broad Scot’s accent (broad in this instance would mean thick).
Scheme to most people means a plan or arrangement, but to most Scot’s it means a social housing estate or area.
Granted not everyone in Scotland uses these words or phrases, but you don’t have to travel too far within the country until you find someone who does use at least one.
I’m proud when I travel and mention Scotland to most people they can name at least one thing we’re famous for.
If you have a favourite Scottish word or phrase let us know in the comments below. Or if you’ve been to Scotland and heard a word or phrase you didn’t understand, feel free to share it below.