So you love Outlander and have fallen for all things romantically Scottish. You have booked your trip in the hope of finding your own kilted Jamie who will whisk you off across the hills and glens to live happy ever after in your cosy Highland home.
Okay, maybe that's a wee bit of an exaggeration (or maybe not!) but let's just hypothetically say you're coming to Scotland to admire more than the scenery. As a Scottish woman I totally understand, it is in my DNA to find men in tartan skirts more attractive than well cut, tight fitting jeans. However, I hate to be the bearer of bad news but a kilted man in 21st Century Scotland is an elusive creature and unless you know where to look it is possible that you may be left disappointed.
Now, if you are willing to hunt them down you will be well rewarded as they seldom roam alone, meaning you are likely to find a large pack gathered in the one spot. If you are one of those people who are hypothetically coming for purposes of this sort or know a friend of a friend who might be interested then here is my guide to five places you are guaranteed to find a kilted man in Scotland.
This is a guaranteed place to find kilted men doing very manly things. Tossing cabers, throwing boulders, running with impossibly heavy objects, if it is a rugged Highland warrior you are looking for this is the one place you will definitely find them
Historic Scotland and National Trust for Scotland run events throughout the year which include historical reenactments from a time when kilts were standard dress. Check out their events listing to see what festivals are planned and you might strike it lucky with some authentically dressed Scotsman.
Men and women proudly don the tartan of their own Clan and remember their historical roots with music, dancing and traditional Scottish celebrations. If you know your Clan then you might want to research to find out if there are any Gatherings planned, if you don't have a Clan of your own you may have to adopt one for your visit!
Pipe Band Events
Pipe band championships are another guarantee for finding kilted men (and woman). Pipe band uniforms tend to be more tailored or ornate and are usually finished off with a Glengarry style hat, ideal for the woman that prefers smartness to ruggedness!
Kiltmakers and Highland Dress Stores
Surprisingly many staff in Highland Dress stores do not wear kilts, but if you hang around long enough it is likely that you will come across a man or two or several being measured and fitted for their kilt. You might even want to offer your services as a helpful bystander and advise them on what outfit looks best.
So these are places that you will be guaranteed to find a kilted clad Scotsman but there are many other places in Scotland that still offer a high likelihood of tartan skirted success. Weddings, Ceilidhs, Formal Events, and Hogmanay parties are good bets and some tourist attractions have been known to use a deliberate underhand marketing ploy of employing young, kilted men to tempt you in.
It is also entirely possible that you will happen upon some unsuspecting prey walking down the street, in the pub or wandering on a mountain side because thankfully there are still some real men in Scotland that are not afraid to wear a skirt in public, Happy hunting and yes it is true, Scotsmen like to feel the fresh Scottish air waft freely between their legs ;-)
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