A Slice of Scottish Streetlife

A parade of bag pipe bands is an essential part of the Highland Games held in Nairn, Scotland, each summer. The bands gather in a park and then march down the streets to the fairgrounds. We stopped this group of fellows to ask them about their band and their outfits.

The boys from the band

The boys from the band

They proudly showed off the essential components of their band attire, correcting our playful usage of the word “skirt” by stating firmly: “It’s not a skirt, it’s a kilt!”

Then they hurried back to the rest of their band to line up for the big parade. Tartan patterns of different colors, long scarves, kilts and knee socks gathered in a colorful melee, then finally found their place in line.

gathering the troops

gathering the troops

final touch-up

final touch-up

Did you see that leopard print?

Drummer in leopard print

Drummer in leopard print

Spectators of the two- and four-legged kind lined the sides of the street:

spectators

spectators

People waiting for the parade

People waiting for the parade

And then the bands marched:

Marching down the street

Marching down the street

Drumming…

woman drummer

woman drummer

And playing their enchanting, silvery bagpipe music…

Pipe band

Pipe band

This post was created in response to WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Streetlife.

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My name is Annette. I am passionate about nature, health, simplicity, self-reliance, truth, and life-long learning. Originally from Germany, I now live in Virginia, USA. I am a therapist, health coach, writer, photographer, and organic gardener.
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25 Responses to A Slice of Scottish Streetlife

  1. Aggie says:

    Were these photos taken recently? The boys in green in the first photo seem to have the innocence of my childhood.

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    • Yes, last summer! They do look like they could have jumped out of a 50s movie – freshly scrubbed, short hair and all🙂 Plus, they were really polite and didn’t mind being waylaid by a couple of middle age ladies asking them a lot of questions…

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  2. The wonder of Scotland……

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  3. Nancy Spahr says:

    What a beautiful visual and audio experience for you ….

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  4. Mara Eastern says:

    Very picturesque! Thanks for sharing these lovely moments!

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  5. Icelandica says:

    Beautifully composed pictures!

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  9. Nice to see a slice of life from Scotland. Thanks!

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  10. Oh, this post is just wonderful. It brings back so many memories of a recent trip to Scotland. And I see the most adorable (well, almost the most adorable) little Westie in the crowd. Scotland, and particularly, Edinburgh is a destination that I rank as a “must-return-to!”

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  13. Reblogged this on Sophia Kimble and commented:
    In honor of Tartan Day…today April 6th

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  14. Dina says:

    Great post, I really love it! We’re planning our trip later this year to Holy island and Edinburgh and the Highlands. How was the weather when you went there?
    Love, Dina

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