11 Reasons To Still Love Scotland - No Matter Who Owns It
September 18, 2014
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Scotland's vote for independence got us thinking about how much we love Scotland. Here are 11 reasons why Scotland is great - no matter who owns it.
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The Old Course at St. Andrews
It’s a recurring image of your daydreams, and now it’s finally happening: you’re standing on the first tee at the Old Course at St. Andrews, hallowed home of the ancient game. Like sex and the Grand Canyon, it’s one of those rare experiences that lives up to the hype.
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The 'New' Course at St. Andrews
You gotta love a place where a layout called the New Course was designed by Old Tom Morris in 1895.
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A Plethora Of Must-Plays
Cruden Bay (left). Montrose, Fraserburgh. North Berwick. An excursion along the Scottish coast swings you past an epic line up of world-class layouts that will never be a fit for the Open rota but still belong on your bucket list.
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Forget Shrek and Fat Bastard. The country’s pantheon of cultural icons is ruled by the likes of Robert Burns, whose poem "Address to a Haggis," is bound to be recited by a tipsy Scot at the dinner table. Unlike the dish itself, it’s not an acquired taste.
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"Address to a Haggis" Robert Burns
Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o the puddin'-race!
Aboon them a' ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye worthy o' a grace
As lang's my arm.
7 of 13Graeme Robertson
Wikipedia sums up haggis with this description: "A savory pudding containing sheep's pluck (heart, liver and lungs); minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally encased in the animal's stomach and simmered for approximately three hours." And it's got a poem written for it.
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History Just Off The Green
Tucked beside the footpath between the 14th and 15th holes at Crail Golfing Society, you’ll see a cave, where it’s said King Constantine I of Scotland was killed by Danish Vikings in 874. Centuries later, the story also goes, "Golf in the Kingdom" author Michael Murphy used the cave as inspiration. It’s where Shivas Irons, a principal character in the book, supposedly lived.
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You haven’t really golfed in Scotland unless you’ve had the company of a grizzled caddie, one of those endearing curmudgeons who’s seen it all a thousand times again. Their droll humor is legendary, too, with dry witticisms that you’ll need subtitles to understand.
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Men in Skirts
Let this kilt-wearing country be your safe place. No longer does your urge to cross-dress need to be a source of shame.
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“Nae wind, nae golf,” the saying goes. Embrace the challenge of blustery conditions as your chance to finally master the knock-down shot.
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Whisky. Delicious, delicious whisky.
The Chinese invented whisky, but the Scots perfected it. Nearly 100 malt distilleries pump out the stuff, from global brands like Glenmorangie to lesser known labels like Edradour in Pitlochry, the country’s smallest distillery.
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It's A Land Of Mystery
Never mind Loch Ness. The national animal of Scotland is the unicorn. Toss back enough whisky, and you might see both.
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