I love Scotland so much it hurts. I love the accents, the landscape, the humour, the climate, the weather, the people, the culture, the local produce, the animals, the plants, the traditions, and even the music. Who doesn’t love a highland cow or the fields of purple heather that blanket the hills in autumn?
There’s so much unique culture here like kilts, ceilidhs, bagpipes, whisky, haggis (vegetarian, of course), and tartan. Sometimes I even find myself listening to bagpipe music! I love that the national flower is a spiky and somewhat unappealing plant, the thistle. While the national animal is a mythical creature, the unicorn. The people are also known for being blunt and direct, which I like, and it’s a fairly egalitarian society.
Michael McIntyre has some very funny clips about Scotland including this one about how patriotic the Scots are. They’re patriotic in an endearing way and never take themselves too seriously.
If I had one complaint it’s that the kilt is traditionally a man’s outfit. Why isn’t there something similar for women? It’s distressing to browse sites selling traditional kilts and to see it’s mostly for men. I feel left out. A Scotsman once told me that when Scottish men wear kilts they feel like preening birds showing off their plumage. I was secretly a little bit jealous as he was explaining it. I want to show off my plumage too! Is it too late to invent a traditional Scottish dress for women?