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Scotland: the Land of Romance, History and Golf

27 May, 2011

This advertisement from a 1932 National Geographic praises Scotland’s ‘historic highlands and lowlands, crystal lochs and waterfalls, age-old castles and modern bustling cities’, but forgets to mention Deep Friend Mars Bars, Pebbledash houses*, Haggis, Kilted Fellows, and Dreich weather, amongst many other Scottish delights**.

The Author is off to Scotland this weekend, unfortunately not via luxurious ocean liner but by a bog standard National Rail train. 

Romantic Scotland

*granted, there would have been no Deep Fried Mars Bars or Pebbledash in 1932.

**the Writer’s Museum in Edinburgh, Madras College’s pipe band practicing on South Street, a cold pint of Belhaven Best,  Robert Louis Stevenson, Whisky, Whisky, Whisky, Onesiphorus Tyndall Bruce, Esquire of Falkland, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the Fife Coastal Path, the abundance of accents, Gaelic road signs…and so much more of this ‘delightful, endless panorama’ that is Scotland.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. dancingbeastie permalink
    28 May, 2011 8:20 pm

    Now, now, a little less cynicism about kilted fellows, if you don’t mind! They are verily one of the splendours of Scotia. I should know: I’m married to one.

  2. 31 May, 2011 5:43 pm

    Apologies! I did not intend to sounds cynical about Kilted fellows. Kilts and the gents who wear them belongs in the ** list of Scottish things for which I have heartfelt affection. My Grandfather was most dashing in a kilt, and at the wedding I attended this past weekend, I was lucky enough to dance with Kilted fellows in a ceilidh.

    I mock only the sentimental and romanticized advertisement.

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