So, when I’m on holiday I always get these random questions asking if certain things actually happen in Scotland, so I thought I would cover some of the main stereotypes that people outwith Scotland assume actually happens…
We all wear kilts/skirts
No we do not all wear kilts/skirts. Men only tend to wear kilts at celebrations like weddings and parties. Women rarely wear kilts unless they are doing Scottish dancing or are in a band of some sort – men wear them then too. Sometimes, we wear kilts as a fashion item but very rarely.
We all eat haggis (a sheep’s stomach)
We do have haggis available in restaurants and it is popular on burns night however we do not tend to eat it on a weekly basis. It also tends to be a love/hate kind of food – me? Well I cannot stand the stuff!
We are drunk all of the time
Scottish people do drink alcohol a lot more than other cultures. We are sociable drinkers’ however there are still a lot of us who do not drink really at all. So you could say we get drunk quite a lot but not to the extent that we rock up to work over intoxicated and falling all over the place. It’s more a weekend thing!
We have really unhealthy diets and eat fish supper’s all of the time
This stereotype is definitely not true. Yes we do have the occasional chip shop supper but it’s just an additional takeaway restaurant to us like a Chinese or Indian. A chip shop supper is amazingly good though! We do have much poorer diets than other cultures but currently there is a huge fitness and healthy eating craze across the UK so we may eventually get healthier on the healthy food eating charts!
No one can understand us
In certain places in Scotland we have various accents and have changed our words slightly so yes in these places we do not speak clear English. An example would be, “fit like?” translates to “how are you?” I have a slight accent and change of words when I visit my home town however when I am in the city, I speak pretty much clear and understandable English so we can adapt our language depending on who we are speaking too.
We all have ginger hair, freckles and white skin
Well this one is quite a funny one as we do have some people who have ginger hair, freckles and white skin. Like me! I have more of a blonde shade of hair but it’s definitely got some ginger tones and I have freckles and awful pale white skin which I hate! Although, realistically the ratio of ginger haired people to other colours is like 1:10. So no, we do not all have ginger hair, freckles and white skin!
We all are obsessed with the Loch Ness Monster
No we are not…it’s a myth. But it’s nice to think there could be a loch ness monster! I think it’s more of a stunt to get tourists to come to Scotland! The loch ness is beautiful though whether there is a monster there or not.
You come to Scotland and you get bad weather
This stereotype is probably the truest. We can get all four seasons in one day in the height of summer so that would be snow, sun, wind and rain all in the one day! We also moan about the weather a lot even though realistically we should be accustomed to it by now – we still moan about it. Even when it’s sunny, we moan that it is too hot!
We moan a lot
We do moan a lot. The UK as a whole is a moaning culture who is happy to moan about anything and everything! So expect the odd moan here and there if you visit!
We all play the bagpipes
No. Not one person in my family can play the bagpipes. The bagpipes are common at celebrations and it is just a well-used as a guitar or drums in Scotland. Me – I love the bagpipes. They are very Scottish but only some have the talent to play them. You need a good set of lungs also!