I’m in love with Scotland.
One thing that makes Scotland great is the pride the Scots take in their identity and the respect they have for their traditions.
For example, the great poet Robert Burns is celebrated every year with a Burns Supper of haggis and smoked salmon. Also, you can expect to hear bagpipes playing in the distance when you are out in the great Scottish wilderness. It has happened to me several times. The last time was when I was on Skye, I was on the beach marveling at the midnight sun, and suddenly a man started to play the bagpipes. We were really grateful to him. He played a couple of traditional tunes, and then he walked off over the glen.
Another example is when you cross into Scotland from England there is a piper to welcome you dressed in full traditional costume. Also, pubs and hotels are decked out in tartan, the wall and floors, and seats!
I love Scotland. It makes my heart sing.
Here’s an example of how friendly the folk are. We were camping by a loch and watching the fishermen getting on with their work, while my son was crabbing. A woman approached me and said hello.
We started chatting, and she pointed out to a fishing boat in the far distance that was slowly making its way to the beach of the loch. I asked what he was fishing for, and she told me he was out there checking his lobster pots. She then asked me if we liked mackerel.
The afternoon moved on and we decided to go for a walk on the hills. We walked for a couple of hours then it was time for supper. When we arrived back to our tent we saw a package by the zip. Inside were six enormous freshly caught mackerel!
They tasted so good, grilled on the fire wrapped in foil with a little butter. My goodness my son and husband were licking their fingers!
Wasn’t that very kind of her! It could be that she was impressed because I told her that Scotland was my all time favorite place, and that I am married to a Scot. It’s certainly true that she is a very open hearted and generous person.
Sadly, I never saw her again to thank her.
Here’s an article I wrote about Scotland Tours and Vacations. There are links to great holidays all over Scotland.
Here’s a great recipe for Smoked Mackerel Pate.
Thanks for reading.