Great Scot!


On the 18th September, Scotland will cast their votes on whether they want to grab Alex Salmond’s jam-covered carrot or remain in the sweaty arms of David Cameron. Here at Wowcher we don’t judge, if you sell your vote on eBay, we don’t mind. We love Scotland and we just want her to be happy.

We’re not gonna lie, when Alan Hansen left Match of the Day, we lost something we never thought we had. The word ‘diabolical’ would never be so beautifully uttered by anyone else, certainly not by Shearer or Lawrenson. In the words of Joni Mitchell, ‘you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone’ so let’s celebrate Scotland in all its tartan wonder, whether or not they decide to go independent on September 18th.

Apart from feral goats in the highlands and news stories about men with their heads stuck in bins, Scotland is to be loved for many reasons. If you’re not sure why then thistle clear things up:

Perfect for weddings, parties, celebrations and functions, ensure your event is pitch-perfect with a 4-hour bagpiper hire from RG Musicom.

Perfect for weddings, parties, celebrations and functions, ensure your event is pitch-perfect with a 4-hour bagpiper hire from RG Musicom.

Firstly, bagpipes. Played well, they sound…erm…traditional. Played badly and they have the potential to send a Buddhist monk into a frenzy of alcoholism and despair. Whether used as an instrument of cultural heritage or as a weapon of mass destruction, bagpipes unquestionably have a lot of personality and this is something to cherish. Fortunately you can make your wedding, event or function one of a kind courtesy of this 4-hour bagpiper hire from RG Musicom – click here to take a closer look!

Secondly, the unicorn, Scotland’s native animal. Revered by Celts and quite obviously the best animal / made-up thing in world, unicorns feature on both the Scottish Royal coat of arms and the UK’s arms. What with the Loch Ness (or Nessie to its friends), this all points at Scotland’s love for the weird and wonderful. Maybe it’s something in the Irn Bru but we love it. Hear all about Scottish ghosts and ghouls with this Edinburgh Ghost Walk.

This fab 2½-hour thrilling ghost tour gives intrepid explorers the opportunity to visit the most haunted spots of Edinburgh.

This fab 2½-hour thrilling ghost tour gives intrepid explorers the opportunity to visit the most haunted spots of Edinburgh.

Not many people give them credit for this, but historically the Scots are incredibly inventive. It’s not all battered chocolate bars and intestine-based puddings. Next time you get your food out the fridge, microwave it and sit down to watch Eastenders, think you couldn’t have done any of these things without a Scot (apart from sit down maybe). They invented the refrigerator, the microwave and the telly. They also invented tarmac; see it up close with this Supercars Scotland experience which gives you the chance to drive two laps in a Porsche and Lotus supercar at tracks in Crail, Alford or Fife. Howz aboot that then laddie?! Plus, they also brought us pedal bicycles, raincoats, flush toilets and the phrase ‘alcohol doesn’t solve all your problems, but neither does milk’.

Kilts, brilliant. We all love a good breeze. Despite the common belief that all Scottish men wear kilts, they don’t. They should however. You can’t say you’ve experienced true freedom until you’ve wandered into the freezer section of your local supermarket wearing nothing but a tartan robe around your waist. Prince Charles knows what we’re talking about, any excuse to get the kilt out with that one. If you can’t quite bring yourself to take any undergarments off then why not experience a different type of freedom with this Escape Glasgow day – think Crystal Maze but more Scottish.

Winner of a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2014,  Raasay House makes for a relaxing retreat in the idyllic Scottish countryside.

Winner of a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2014, Raasay House makes for a relaxing retreat in the idyllic Scottish countryside.

It’s no coincidence that the most famous Ben in Scotland is the mighty Ben Nevis and the most famous Ben in Britain is Big Ben (it’s not even that big). Scotland is full of greatness. Home to the oldest tree in Europe and the birthplace of Sean Connery, William Wallace (also known as Mel Gibson) and Susan Boyle. Let’s not forget Lord Byron, the romantic poet defined as ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’, also known for his ability to make a delicious burger. For a slice of Scottish history why not visit the Isle of Raasay, one of the most beautiful islands of the Inner Hebrides, inspiration to Sorley Maclean and home to herds of red deer, eagles, owls and even Orca whales!

One of the most beautiful islands of the Inner Hebrides, the Isle of Rassay acted as inspiration for Sorley Maclean and is home to herds of red deer, eagles, owls and even Orca whales!

One of the most beautiful islands of the Inner Hebrides, the Isle of Rassay acted as inspiration for Sorley Maclean and is home to herds of red deer, eagles, owls and even Orca whales!

So we hope we’ve cleared things up, Scotland is clearly an incredible place whether independent or not and it will always be cherished no matter its currency or coat of arms. Please note – all deals featured may not be live. But for more of what the bonnie highlands have to offer, stay with Wowcher.co.uk!