An integral part of Scottish culture is sport. One of the main factors that led to the development of all-weather sports like football, rugby union and golf is the temperate, oceanic climate predominant in Scotland. Many other sports are also enjoyed in Scotland with different degrees of popularity.
Scottish people and emigrants have played a very important role in the history of sports in general. Innovations in the field of sports include important developments in golf, rugby union, curling, and cycling, as well as introducing the Highland games and shinty. Highland games were a major inspiration for Baron Coubertin to re-introduce the concept of the Olympic games and shinty is a predecessor of modern ice hockey and bandy.
People in Scotland enjoy many sports, both professionally and recreationally. Some of these are Scottish in origin while others were imported over time. For example, a true Scottish sporting event is the Highland games, boasting events in which competitors rely on strength and skill in several disciplines like tossing the caber or stone throwing. Also, the game of shinty is a Scottish invention, widely played across the country. However, football remains the most popular sport in Scotland, followed by the greatest number of fans.
The story goes that the first recorded international football match took place in 1872 in Partick, Glasgow. The teams of Scotland and England met, and the match ended in a 0-0 draw. Soon afterward, the sport of football became the most popular sport in Scotland. Today, the Scottish national team ranks as 30th best national team, according to FIFA standings. There are two main football leagues in Scotland: the Scottish Premier League and the Scottish Football League. The most successful clubs in Scotland are Rangers, Celtic, and Aberdeen. Celtic was the first British club to win the top European competition in 1967.
Scotland is a member of the International Rugby Board since 1886 and the Scottish Football Union (later Scottish Rugby Union) exist since 1873. Rugby union is a traditional sport in Scotland, and the National team is ranked as 9th in the world. The national team takes part in the Six Nations Cup annually and the Rugby World Cup, every four years. The oldest still ongoing rugby fixture takes place each year between the students of The Edinburgh Academy and the Merchiston Castle school. The first match took place in 1858.
Scotland is often named „the home of golf“. It is the country with many links courses, and the first records of golf games in Scotland tell us that the first game was played at Leith Links in 1457. Today, some of the most famous golf courses are located in Scotland. The term „links“ came from the Scottish h name for a golf course. The major courses in Scotland are the Old Course a tSt. Andrews, Muirfield, Gleneagles, East Lothian and so on. The R&A (The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews) is the governing body of golf, excluding the U.S. and Mexico.
Scotland is not only a beautiful place for you to visit and go on a holiday, but it is not a great place to live. If you are thinking about relocating to Scotland, there are many reasons why this may prove to be an excellent choice.
If you are looking for a place where you can make a fresh start, you should definitely take Scotland into consideration. There are in fact many reasons why Scotland is a great place for you to live in, and today I would like to discuss some of the main reasons why many people I know have decided to move to Scotland, and haven’t regretted this decision.
If you are eager to the experience raw beauty of nature, there is no place in the world where you couldn’t do that more easily than in Scotland. Nature here is absolutely astonishing. It is not the most exotic places in the world, and regarding sunshine some places are probably better – such as Spain, however, nature is Scotland definitely have its appeal. The beautiful hills, Ben Nevis, and many other natural beauties can be enjoyed in long walks and hikes throughout Scotland.
While we are at it, I should also probably mention that there are many works which you can do in Scotland. This is why if you are looking for a place where you can improve your physical activity and enjoy nature, Scotland is the right place for you. Also, there is a variety of sports offered, from golf to windsurfing, skydiving and bungee jumping. In other words, there is something for everyone.
If you are thinking about relocating to Scotland and starting a new lifestyle there, you may be wondering how to approach the matter of looking for a home. Frankly speaking, I have had significant experience with looking for a home and I have noticed that homes in Scotland are much more affordable than in other parts of the world. In addition to that, there are numerous credit opportunities which you can use in order to find a home and situate yourself in Scotland. This is why the majority of people come here in the first place.
Have you ever thought about how much time you spend commuting to work? The majority of people who commute to work have grown to dislike the idea of transport in general. However, all of this is much easier in Scotland. There is a multitude of solutions when it comes to transport in Scotland, and it is certainly much easier to travel to and from work in Scotland. In addition to that, you will probably be able to live in a place near your work, so you will not have to travel anyway.
I would love to hear what you have to say about lifestyle in Scotland! Do you know someone who already lives there? What are your expectations? Share your thoughts in the comment section bellow!
The garment that made Scotland famous all around the world is an integral part of a Scotsman’s formal attire nowadays. The kilt is a skirt-type piece of clothing, made most commonly of wool and with a tartan pattern and reaching the knees in length. It was an everyday garment for Scottish men in the 17th century in the Highlands, but in the 19th century, the kilt grew to be one of the main associations with the Scottish identity and culture and a connection to the Celtic (Gaelic) traditions. Recently, the kilt gained even greater popularity as an informal piece of clothing, worn everyday.
The oldest concept behind the development of the kilt is the belted plaid, also called the great kilt. It was a garment whose upper half was meant to be worn like a cloak, swung over the shoulder or even brought up above and over the head, to act as a hood. First mentions of the great kilt come from the late 16th century. The modern kilt, however, developed from the small or walking kilt, which was introduced in the late 17th century.
The small kilt was, essentially, a way to make the great kilt more practical, because the great kilt was often considered unwieldy, complicated and cumbersome. The skirt was thus separated from the upper part of the great kilt, and the small, pleated kilt was born. This invention is the work of an English Quaker by the name of Thomas Rawlinson. Soon enough, the small kilt spread around Scotland and chiefs of individual clans adopted it, starting with Iain MacDonnell, chief of the Inverness MacDonnells.
There are several unique features which make the Scottish kilt easily recognizable among other similar garments. The kilt wraps around the body of the wearer at the natural waist. This is the line placed between the lowest rib and the hips. The kilt begins on one side of the body, which is most commonly the wearer’s left, the around the front and back and once more across the front to the opposing side. Straps and buckles help keep the kilt stay in place. The strap found on the inside end usually comes out through a slit in the waistband. Then it simply buckles on the outside of the kilt, but some wearers keep it inside the waistband.
A kilt covers up the middle part of the wearer’s body, from the waist to the knees. The front part of the kilt, the one visible when facing the wearer, are the so-called “aprons.” Aprons are overlapping layer, as opposed to the single layer which makes up the sides and the back of the kilt. Kilt pins, placed in the corner of the apron, keep the aprons from blowing over and also add weight to the kilt. Pins are also a decorative item. Finally, it is important to note that underwear is optional; the belief goes that „a true Scotsman“ should not wear a thing under his kilt.
When you think of Scotland, for most people the first thing that comes to mind is Scottish whisky. Although this drink is worldwide famous and very appreciated, Scotland has a lot more to offer when it comes to drink and food.
Haggis is certainly the most popular Scottish traditional dish, and you should not skip it when you are in Scotland. It is not the best looking meal in the world, but it certainly makes up for the look with its deliciousness. Other than haggis, make sure to try Scotch broth, Lorne sausage, Scotch beef, Scottish wild salmon, Ayrshire Dunlop cheese, Arbroath smokies and various Scotch pies.
When it comes to drinks, aside from whiskey, there are also many types of Scottish beer, gin, cider and wine. Whiskey is the national drink of Scotland, but you will sometimes hear that orange soft drink, Irn Bru, is the second Scottish national drink.
Scotland has plenty of food festivals throughout the year, celebrating national cuisine, but also modern and innovative dishes. These are some of the festivals you can visit, enjoy great food and even learn how to prepare it:
BBC Good Food Show – it has been ten years since BBC Good Food Show was first held in Glasgow. This festival gathers different food exhibitors from all over UK, together with thousands of visitors. At the show, you can attend food and kitchenware presentations, try different dishes and drinks and learn something new from successful chefs.
Foodies Festival Christmas – November in Edinburgh is the month for Foodies festival. The rule of the event is to come with an empty stomach and prepare for the culinary journey around the world. The exhibitors make and offer high-quality food from all over the globe, and there is something for everyone’s taste.
Dundee Flower and Food Festival – this is one of the largest annual events in Dundee. Every year it attracts around 20,000 visitors and exhibitors from all over the country. Here you can taste local food from the area together with famous Scottish dishes, and of course – Scotch whisky and other drinks.
As you can guess, drink festivals in Scotland are often dedicated to whiskey. What’s more, May is proclaimed Whisky Month in Scotland, so it is packed with events dedicated to the “water of life”, as Gaels call it. However, there are other drink festivals in Scotland as well.
Scotland’s Tea Festival – British people are famous for their love for tea, and Scotland’s Tea Festival is the place to celebrate this love. It is a big tea party, with teas from all over the world, and also the treats that make the part of tea drinking routine.
FyneFest – FyneFest’s reputation has been rising over the past couple of years. It is one of the most popular beer festivals to attend, and it is held every June in Cairndow.
Spirit of Speyside – of course, we cannot omit whiskey when writing about Scotland’s drink festivals. Spirit of Speyside is one of the largest whisky festivals in the world, offering spirit tasting, distillery tours and whisky schools to all visitors.