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What is Scotland like?

I rarely hear about this country. What is the country like? It seems like a lovely place to live in.

by Anonymousreply 12906/17/2013

[post by racist shit-stain # 2 removed.]

by Anonymousreply 109/21/2012

That's where Craig Ferguson is from.

by Anonymousreply 209/21/2012

Scotland is wonderful precisely because you're not there. Stay away.

BUT if you do visit, be aware that the Highlanders are a strange type who will appear pleasant but reserved, but if you take on airs they'll cut your tires and sugar your tank. They hate anyone who seems to be doing better than their poor lot. They all have false teeth from 40 on because they like it that way. They are weirdly prudish with their Presbyterianism. And drugs are a real problem since better roads have come through.

I love it - terrible weather, horrid midges, high-priced food, poverty and great scenery.

But do stay away. You'll spoil it.

by Anonymousreply 309/21/2012

There's simply no reason for Scotland.

by Anonymousreply 409/21/2012

I love it!

by Anonymousreply 509/21/2012

I wish I could tell you, but the time I was there I was too drunk to remember any of it.

by Anonymousreply 609/21/2012

I've always wanted to visit. Somebody said that Loch Ness is surrounded by a lot of development. How disappointing.

by Anonymousreply 709/21/2012

It's a miserable/beautiful place, but the Scots have a lot of fire in their belly which I love. And if they leave the UK (please let this happen!) it's likely to become a socialist paradise in opposition to the fascist shithole England is turning into.

If I can't get the France thing going I might end up moving there to escape the Tory Tide of Shite.

by Anonymousreply 809/21/2012

[quote]tight fisted, rude, fat drunk bastards that stink of piss.

You say that like it's a bad thing.

by Anonymousreply 909/21/2012

AYB, they'll hate you darling. You're a Sassinak.

by Anonymousreply 1009/21/2012

R10 I know, I have a Scottish drinking buddy (gay but ye wouldnae know it) who sounds just like Rab C Nesbitt (one of my heroes) who calls me that.

But England is finished- buried under a tide of dancing celebrities, flag-waving; american junk food; Sky TV; and, well, Thatcherism.

by Anonymousreply 1109/21/2012

Don't know what all this hate is! I love Scotland! It's beautiful and has so much history. Went to the Isle of Lewis, which is amazing by itself. Also love Edinburgh and its castle. Really, a great place!

by Anonymousreply 1209/21/2012

I lived in Aberdeen for a while for work. I enjoyed it but I'm not rushing to go back. DL fave Annie Lennox is from there and she couldn't wait to escape. I think she still trashes the place when asked about all these years later.

I have lots of family in Stirling and around Edinburgh. I enjoy my visits. Glasgow is good for rowdy fun, too.

The last time I was at Loch Ness (early 90s) there was no major development that I noticed. The ruins of the castle are there, though. Along with the tourists.

by Anonymousreply 1309/21/2012

Ayb, I left England aged 22 and currently reside across the Irish sea. I lived in Greece and Italy before here. Every place has its downsides. Maybe you need to move elsewhere in England. I assume you are in the south east. In my three years living in that neck of the woods it often felt like another country.

Scotland is dour in many parts. If you are going there stay to the East side and away from Glasgow.

by Anonymousreply 1409/21/2012

Scotland is a fun visit, but to live there is to feel trapped in a Calvinist straight jacket.

Most depressing as the women, who stand there tapping their feet, glare as their drunken husbands shuffle to the car to be driven home and put to bed.

by Anonymousreply 1509/21/2012

Sean Connery, Andy Murray, Craig Ferguson, Ewan McGregor et al. So how bad is that?

by Anonymousreply 1609/21/2012

Funny how this thread co=exists along with the shit holes of Europe thread. Coincidence?

by Anonymousreply 1709/21/2012

It's Shite!

by Anonymousreply 1809/21/2012

I know they're making a mint on rich American kids who weren't smart enough to get into the Ivy League and so they attend St. Andrews to seem interesting.

by Anonymousreply 1909/21/2012

The Country that created Mitt Romney, Ann Coulter and James Dobson criticizing the Scotts....oh that's rich!

by Anonymousreply 2009/21/2012

You need to have nice legs because men wear skirts

by Anonymousreply 2109/21/2012

Pretty much sums it up:

by Anonymousreply 2209/21/2012

My boss here in America is from the Highlands. Much of the time he's perfectly nice, then out of nowhere come crazy mood swings and a nasty temper. He's also terribly tight-fisted.

Our customers love him though, because they don't see that side of him. They just know him as "that guy with the cool accent."

by Anonymousreply 2309/21/2012

Cueing the incessantly communicative Ci*ran in 3... 2...

by Anonymousreply 2409/21/2012

Prince Philip marvels that the Scots can sober up long enough to obtain driving licenses.

That superannuated Queen's Consort is such a saucy monkey!

by Anonymousreply 2509/21/2012

Scotland = Uncut Gingers Yum!

by Anonymousreply 2609/21/2012

My grandfather was a Scot. Can I get a passport and dual citizenship?

by Anonymousreply 2709/21/2012

Beautiful country, with extremely friendly locals and handsome men. One severe drawback is the weather -- it is rare to have a day without a rainfall and it often gray all day.

by Anonymousreply 2809/21/2012

[quote] it is rare to have a day without a rainfall and it often gray all day.

Not so much these days. Weather has changed all over Britain. It's like calling London 'Foggy London Town'.

It's a very beautiful country. They don't call it Bonny Scotland for nothing.

I'd consider living in Edinburgh myself and leaving London. I can't warm to Glasgow, however as much they promote it as an arts centre & all that jive.

by Anonymousreply 2909/21/2012

It always seems to breath peace and make one forget the world and its sad turmoils.

by Anonymousreply 3009/21/2012

My tits will turn to ice cubes. I won't be going topless there.

by Anonymousreply 3109/21/2012

r29 the reason you can't "warm to Glasgow" is probably why you should move to Edinburgh which is full of plastic Jocks and pretentious English twats who feel they will somehow attain more importance if they dwell in Auld Reekie.

by Anonymousreply 3209/21/2012

Scotland has breathtakingly beautiful scenery. A plethora of funny, helpful and generous warm-hearted people and great shops, restaurants and museums etc.

However: the weather is rubbish most of the time; some Scots are dour (pronounced Doo-er) and downright nasty to tourists; 17.5% sales tax!

by Anonymousreply 3309/21/2012

What are Perth and Crieff like?

by Anonymousreply 3409/21/2012

In the winter it gets dark at around 3 p.m.

by Anonymousreply 3509/21/2012

John Barrowman is Scottish.

Two of my favorite people are from Scotland, but Margaret Cho said that when she performed that even SHE was shocked by how much public drunkenness there was... and how much vomit there was on the sidewalks!

by Anonymousreply 3609/21/2012

Nothing like Scottish cock. Those guys are hung thick.

by Anonymousreply 3709/21/2012

I think most people in America's southern Appalachian mountains trace their ancestry to Scotland. That's where they get their fiery nature, I suppose. You find lots of MacDonalds, Campbells, Smiths, Browns, Scotts, Robertsons, Stewarts and other popular Scottish names there.

by Anonymousreply 3809/21/2012

Gerard Butler

by Anonymousreply 3909/21/2012

[quote]But England is finished- buried under a tide of dancing celebrities, flag-waving; american junk food; Sky TV; and, well, Thatcherism.

And the Third World, who have taken up residence.

by Anonymousreply 4009/21/2012

Scotland has the highest suicide rate in the UK, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

From 1991 to 2004 the suicide rate among men was 50% higher in Scotland than the rest of the UK, while the rate for women was double that of elsewhere.

Between 2000 and 2006 the suicide rate in Scotland was 79% higher than in England, while for young Scots aged 15-44, it was twice as high.

by Anonymousreply 4109/21/2012

Who is more fiery, the Scots or the Irish?

by Anonymousreply 4209/21/2012

I know what "fiery" is, and I don't like it. It means repressed with bouts of explosive rage and usually alcoholic.

by Anonymousreply 4309/21/2012

[quote]And if they leave the UK (please let this happen!) it's likely to become a socialist paradise

Yes it will be socialist, but cut off from the generous teat of Westminster, it will also be beggared. Breaking the Union is only the dream for morons.

[quote] in opposition to the fascist shithole England is turning into. If I can't get the France thing going I might end up moving there to escape the Tory Tide of Shite.

Of course, darling. Because the Blair and Brown Labor govts which achieved SO much for The People, didn't they? Do remind us of all the highlights. Of course nothing quite tops Brown selling 60% of the UK's gold reserves - let's repeat that again - 60 PERCENT - at $275 an ounce.

Screwed stupid like a meth head on a binge weekend, and yet AYB crawls back cheering for more?

His bottomless appetite for suffering is amazing.

by Anonymousreply 4409/21/2012

Well, Labour was bad but the Tories are bad, too.

Is England really terrible? I was considering moving there.

by Anonymousreply 4509/21/2012

I've visited several times and really enjoyed Glasgow (except the time a terrorist bombed the airport while we were waiting to fly to the Outer Hebrides). Glasgow has some great museums and architectural icons. Hotel du Vin is a first rate hotel. Edinburgh was nice. Haven't spent as much time there. I love Skye and the Outer Hebrides - especially Harris and Lewis - spent a magical Christmas there once in a restored Blackhouse. The train from Inverness to Skye is one of the most scenic in the world. I believe it is called the Kyle line. The Floddingarry Hotel on Skye is a beautiful country hotel. The scenery is incredible and I found the people to be very kind.

by Anonymousreply 4609/21/2012

What are the Hebride and Sky like?

by Anonymousreply 4709/21/2012

OP - here is Scotland in all its glory:

by Anonymousreply 4809/21/2012

More for the OP:

by Anonymousreply 4909/21/2012

r34, i'm from Perth, its a very beautiful small city, quite insular. Its very much like a southern college town, but without the university. It has beautiful parks bordering a river and a prison (the north and south inch) and a great art deco cinema. Zero gay nightlife though, alas.

by Anonymousreply 5009/21/2012

"We boast! Then we cower!"

by Anonymousreply 5109/21/2012

Margaret Cho was right, one fun activity for a Sunday walk is dodging all the puddles of vomit.

And the occasional puddle of blood from a recent stabbing. Ok, I've only seen that once, but knife fights are a pub sporting tradition along with darts and snooker.

by Anonymousreply 5209/21/2012

Don't forget to try the deep fried Mars Bars in batter when you're there.

by Anonymousreply 5309/21/2012

Thanks R50 :)

by Anonymousreply 5409/21/2012

James McAvoy and Gerard Butler are from Scotland.

by Anonymousreply 5509/21/2012

[R42] - funny you should ask that! In Glasgow I asked a bartender at a gay joint what his Chinese character tattoo meant, and he replied, "Fire - cuz I'm a fiery guy!"

by Anonymousreply 5609/21/2012

Edinburgh has a nice gay scene, conveniently centered on upper Leith Walk near Gayfield Square.

by Anonymousreply 5709/21/2012

I find the accent incredibly annoying.

by Anonymousreply 5809/21/2012

homophobia among the young was a major problem a few years ago. boys and girls alike would assault gay couples in the street. it was the worst place to be gay in the uk.

by Anonymousreply 5909/21/2012

The education system is awful.

by Anonymousreply 6009/21/2012

The local government there was so corrupt and so petty that it cost Scotland the Wizarding World of Harry Potter amusement park to the USA.

by Anonymousreply 6109/21/2012

The life expectancy is the worst in the UK. They routinely fry their junkfood.

by Anonymousreply 6209/21/2012

I am Scottish and Czech. Gloomy and gloomy. Of course, I don't need to add that I've fought suicidal obsession, and alcoholism my entire life. When not so inclined, I'm actually tremendously funny. What a cliche, huh?

by Anonymousreply 6309/21/2012

Corrupt and petty, R61, maybe, but The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was always planned to be part of the Universal Theme Parks complex in Florida.

by Anonymousreply 6409/21/2012

Oh, but that accent sets my nether regions a flame.!

by Anonymousreply 6509/21/2012

[post by racist shit-stain # 2 removed.]

by Anonymousreply 6609/21/2012

R44, oh please! R8 is right, and your drivel about Blair and Brown just proves his point. Whichever way you slice it, Blair's Labour was nothing but pure unadulterated Thatcherism with a barely visible fig leaf of social conscience. Blair effectively killed Labour and converted it into Thatcher central. R8's point stands, as far as I can see.

by Anonymousreply 6709/21/2012

[quote]Blair's Labour was nothing but pure unadulterated Thatcherism with a barely visible fig leaf of social conscience. Blair effectively killed Labour and converted it into Thatcher central.

Thatcher was like Reagan and Clinton was like Blair...

Not coincidentally.

by Anonymousreply 6809/22/2012

The wooly Highland cattle are a trip...

by Anonymousreply 6909/22/2012

Labour is horrible. I prefer a c section

by Anonymousreply 7009/22/2012

I was just there a few months ago. Even with the rain, it was a beautiful country.

There isn't much development along Loch Ness at all. Just the occasional pub/hotel. Very scenic!

by Anonymousreply 7109/22/2012

i think a lot of you have never been in scotland for long. i lived there for 5 years attending uni and i can say edinburgh is a lovely town. cultural, tight-knit and very-open minded, plus the people are way friendlier up north than down south.

a lot of what people have been posting are gross stereotypes.

by Anonymousreply 7209/22/2012

It's like a less good Ireland.

by Anonymousreply 7309/22/2012

Edinburgh's fantastic. Shame about the cold and the rain.

by Anonymousreply 7409/22/2012

wow never have read so much drivel, yuo cant generalise about any country, you will reap what you sow in any country you visit so come along and enjoy scotland its a great place

by Anonymousreply 7509/22/2012

uncut ginger hunk fucked me for 5 hours

by Anonymousreply 7609/22/2012

I imagine it is filled with burly dudes in kilts eating scones and shortbread.

by Anonymousreply 7709/22/2012


How Cockneys say it.

by Anonymousreply 7809/22/2012

It's dreich.

by Anonymousreply 7909/22/2012

I loved buying minced lamb and seeing on the label "Reared in the Highlands"


Where men are men and sheep are nervous.

by Anonymousreply 8009/22/2012

The Island of Skye is stunningly beautiful, surreal and otherworldly. Some places there resemble what you'd imagine an alien world to look like.

But Scottish independence makes only slightly more sense than the idea of Quebec independence.

by Anonymousreply 8109/22/2012

R81 must have no familiarity with Scottish history. Scotland has a strong claim to independence, having been an independent kingdom for centuries before the 1707 Act of Union.

by Anonymousreply 8209/22/2012

I've only visited Edinburgh and a few towns and countryside within a few hours' driving distance, but I absolutely loved everything about it...beautiful scenery, historic buildings, friendly people, good food.

by Anonymousreply 8309/22/2012

There should be a DL Scotia summit in auld reekie's very own gay vortex, CC Blooms...

by Anonymousreply 8409/22/2012

Thanks for the information about Skye, R81. You make it sound very interesting. How is it surreal and otherworldly? I really want to go there because of what you've said, please give more details(or anyone else who's been there).

by Anonymousreply 8509/22/2012

My ancestors were from Skye ... until the evil English kicked them out - boo!

by Anonymousreply 8609/22/2012

They eat McGillicuddys!

by Anonymousreply 8709/22/2012

Skye to Loch Lomond...

by Anonymousreply 8809/22/2012

My ancestors are from Helmsdale, north of Inverness. I've never been there.

by Anonymousreply 8909/22/2012

I would found my castle on the boggy moors.

by Anonymousreply 9009/22/2012

My ancestors were from Tolsta, a small town near Stornoway, on Isle of Lewis

by Anonymousreply 9109/22/2012

My ancestors came from Kirriemuir, Paisley, and Perth.

by Anonymousreply 9209/23/2012

R10, Sassenech

by Anonymousreply 9309/23/2012

My partner is Scottish, from outside Glasgow. I much prefer Glasgow to Edinburgh, personally.

I wonder if Margaret Chow was there during the Festival, or at some other random time. Because it's most likely she was there for it, and Edinburgh during EFF is really not comparable to Edinburgh at any other time. The entire city is basically taken over.

by Anonymousreply 9409/23/2012

[R94] - absolutely! Edinburgh seems "prissy" in comparison.

by Anonymousreply 9509/23/2012

Glasgow is far more of a down-to-earth city. The locals are immediately gregarious, friendly and not prone to the cliquey off-hand type of behaviour which is common in Edinburgh. Some great pubs in the gay quarter as well, though the mainstay called the polo lounge has suffered from hen-party influx in recent years, along with the resultant drunken straight guys following on.

by Anonymousreply 9609/23/2012


by Anonymousreply 9709/23/2012

I was in Edinburgh in June and instantly fell in love with it. The seafood and beef were excellent. I loved haggis, but was neutral on blood sausage. The city itself is beautiful (in my opinion) and extremely walkable, but I didn't venture out to the suburbs. And yes, HOTTIES GALORE.

I have ancestors from the west of Scotland (Argyll and Galloway) who emigrated to New York from Glasgow in the early 1800s. From there, they headed west, some stopping west of the Mississippi to farm, others venturing farther out on the wagon trains. That latter branch disappeared from the census records, so I have no idea what became of them.

by Anonymousreply 9809/26/2012

Plaid, plaid everywhere

by Anonymousreply 9909/26/2012

the most beautiful man I've ever known (or ever seen, period) was a Scot - tall, sandy-blond hair, blue eyes, lean, muscular, hairy - should have been a model but he was a plumber

by Anonymousreply 10009/26/2012

Francis would be better off in Houston.

by Anonymousreply 10109/27/2012

I bet the whole place smells like sheep.

by Anonymousreply 10209/29/2012

This is Scotland. Enjoy.

by Anonymousreply 10309/29/2012


by Anonymousreply 10410/04/2012

[quote] I know they're making a mint on rich American kids who weren't smart enough to get into the Ivy League and so they attend St. Andrews to seem interesting.

DL favorite Blair Hornstine went there after Harvard kicked her chronically fatigued ass off the incoming freshman roster for plagiarism.

by Anonymousreply 10510/04/2012

Scotland's weather is like the pacific northwest without the trees.

by Anonymousreply 10610/04/2012

The books of Peter May (BLACK HOUSE and LEWIS MAN) take place on the Isle of Lewis in the Hebrides. If anyone wanted to know what that part of Scotland is like, even though they are murder mysteries, these books tell you exactly!

by Anonymousreply 10710/13/2012

Bonnie banks and bonnie braes all over the place. At least the sun shines bright on Loch Lomond.

by Anonymousreply 10810/13/2012

Glasgow is Fabulous! Incredible architecture on St.Vincent Street and around George Square.

by Anonymousreply 10910/13/2012

Virtually everyone who goes to Edinburgh falls in love with it.

Take comments on Data Lounge with a grain of salt. You could ask about Heaven here and every reply would try to convince you it was the nastiest, most dangerous, most horrible place imaginable.

by Anonymousreply 11001/06/2013

Americans, who live in one big Jesus and Guns Walmart store, complaining about Scotland.

That's rich!

by Anonymousreply 11101/06/2013

Another vote for Skye and the Flodigarry house hotel- gorgeous,remote and otherwordly. Surprisingly good food.

by Anonymousreply 11201/06/2013

Will a single American otter of 36 years have a fun time alone in Glasgow for a long weekend in July or are there better/more fun places to go in the UK (besides London, Manchester or Newcastle)?

by Anonymousreply 11305/23/2013

What about Scottish bands and singers? The most famous of them are:







Simple Minds

Al Stewart


Sheena Easton


K T Tunstall


Franz Ferdinand


Snow Patrol


Biffy Clyro


Gerry Rafferty

The Proclaimers


Teenage Fanclub

Amy Macdonald

Paolo Nutini

by Anonymousreply 11405/23/2013

R106 has nailed it - BEWARE - the weather is horrible and the barren hills are very depressing.

by Anonymousreply 11505/23/2013

Ever seen Trainspotting OP?

by Anonymousreply 11605/23/2013

Cold, horrible climate so therefore depressing. It's great apart from that though!

by Anonymousreply 11705/23/2013

Actually cold isn't the problem. Rain. Lots of rain. So if you like rain in the middle of July then Scotland is the place for you!

by Anonymousreply 11805/23/2013

[quote]Rain. Lots of rain. So if you like rain in the middle of July then Scotland is the place for you!

I never minded when I was there.

Just follow my lead.

by Anonymousreply 11906/17/2013


Even we natives live in terror of them...

And cleggs...

by Anonymousreply 12006/17/2013

As an Englishman, my experience of the Scots is that they all seem to have a massive chip on their shoulder about pretty much everything,constantly bemoaning imagined slights to their country (often from the time of Edward I, when most English people have moved on and don't care). Most of them are thoroughly anglophobic and hate anyone who has a home counties accent. I think their chief export is not whiskey but whining.

They're not all like that of course, and I have some delightful Scottish friends (who live in london), my advice, if you want to live in Scotland, don't be English (or posh in anyway).

by Anonymousreply 12106/17/2013

Not that you can generalise with such a thing but in my experience it's the other way round r121.

I see more vitriolic rabid hatred from the English for Scots than the other way round with the chip on their shoulder meme (obviously that would be there anyway). The people you speak of are a minority. There would be no tourist industry at all if it were that bad.

Nonetheless, I might like the SNP somewhat if they tried to distance themselves from that mentality, but that's who they're pandering to.

There are public information adverts about racism in Scotland, but it would be nice if they addressed anti-ENGLISH racism. Braveheart did not help at all. I have a few English friends who live here and I don't think they've seen any problems.. unless they're near the rough crowd.

by Anonymousreply 12206/17/2013

R121 I think we can all see where the chip is residing and it isn't anywhere north of Potters Bar.

There is an astounding level of ignorance on this thread, and that's saying something considering it's DL.

To use the same stereotypes as this thread, all Americans are like Jed Clampett but a lot fatter, all English wear bowler hats and play cricket while sipping tea and complaining about the weather, all Australians are sunburned alcoholics with a kangaroo fetish, all French are unwashed, garlic-smelling cowards who's only war wounds were when they dropped their rifles on their feet while running away.

I'd guess most of those commenting here don't have passports.

by Anonymousreply 12306/17/2013

English people say "whingeing" not "whining." I'm calling you out, American dude posing as English person.

by Anonymousreply 12406/17/2013

haha, no, I only changed it to whining because the spell check wouldn't accept whingeing and it was annoying me (and that is sadly the truth).

I am as English as tea and the queen (neither of which are English in the slightest)

by Anonymousreply 12506/17/2013

Scotland's full of midges.

by Anonymousreply 12606/17/2013

All I want to see of Scotland:

by Anonymousreply 12706/17/2013

[quote]The Highlanders are a strange type.. and are weirdly prudish with their Presbyterianism.

Yes. :(

by Anonymousreply 12806/17/2013

It's one of the most beautiful countries I have ever visited. Biggest arts festival in the world happens in Edinburgh and it is one of the best experiences I've ever had. Rosslyn Chapel alone is worth the visit, incredibly beautiful but atmospheric and downright spooky at the same time. There's also a place that is actually called Castle Gloom. Real name, real castle, not a made-up theme park.

Edinburgh is a world heritage site and the gay scene is healthy, open, out and proud.

by Anonymousreply 12906/17/2013
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