One of the very best things to come out of the Scottish Borders is a Border terrier. No, wait a minute, let’s be strictly accurate: the Border terrier is actually of English origins, and was bred originally on the southern or Northumbrian side of the Border. But no matter. You do actually see plenty of Border terriers in the Borders.Read More
Blog - Is It Scotland?
A sporadic blog about Scotland and tourism that isn't grumpy all the time. Promise.
Otters - seen as cute and cuddly in all tourism literature - can affect people's lives - apparently. Here's a report of conversation I had on the Isle of Skye with someone who had moved there - and it was the otters that tipped the balance. Yes, really...Read More
Maybe I am being obtuse, but if we long ago banned dancing bears and chimps tea parties and other forms of animal exploitation, why are birds of prey shows still to be seen in Scotland? Some of the top hotels here positively encourage this form of performing animal 'entertainment'. What next? Bring back the monkey and the organ grinder?Read More
There are some Scottish expressions we use that we never think about. Here's what I think 'tatties ower the side' is all about. You've never heard of it? It's like 'Ba on the slates'. Wait, you've never heard that one either?Read More