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ODD SCOTLAND is a hidden wacky world beyond Scotland's golf and whiskey trails and shortbread tin scenery. Forget that same old tourist kilt waggle from St. Andrews to Edinburgh Castle to Loch Ness. Join travel writer Nancy Lyon and Scottish piper and musicologist Gordon Mooney on a tour of Caledonia's quirkiest, from the renegade Scottish Borders, the Gaelic Western Isles, Viking Caithness, Orkney and the Shetland Isles. Celebrate the eccentric heart and inventive mind of a small nation whose craze for plaids and pipes covers the world.

You've heard of Haggis, Robert Burns' “Chieftain of the pudding race.” But how about Haggamuggie? Or the GOLDEN SPURTLE awards for Preposterous Porridge?

Explore a Highland Clootie well on the Black Isle, as eerie as the Blair Witch Project. Wait for a local bus on the Isle of Unst, in a Shetland bus shelter done up like a floozy's plush turquoise Los Angeles living room of the 1960's -- black and white TV and all. And meet the proudest man in the Kyle of Lochalsh, who operates the "Loo with the View" – tartanized toilets overlooking the dreamy Isle of Skye. Before you know it, you'll be singing the international ditty it inspired, the The Lavvy of Localsh.

Scotland is not renowned for its swimming holes, but like the fairies and brownies, they're there, and they're called trinkies. These 19th century rock-hewn pools flowing with fresh seawater are now listed historic monuments. Although the North Sea is always a shivvery 3 degrees, a Hogmanay New Year's swim is an annual cleansing ritual. Never mind the icy rain or pelting hail. There's nae bad weather here, only bad clothing.

Explore Odd Scotland past and present in photos and travel anecdotes, interviews, articles, and short fiction. We hope that our portal to Odd Scotland will inspire you to plan your own unique itinerary, lodgings and locomotion. AYE!

Please visit us again soon, as we are always working on adding new pages
Your Odd Scotland hosts, Nancy Lyon and Gordon Mooney

Who Said What About Scotland?
Scotland and its many names – Caledonia, Pictland, Scotia and Alba-- have inspired thousands of writers down the ages. Who said what?
Haunted Edinburgh Unearths Tunes and Tales From the Crypt
Odd-Scotland's Edinburgh poltergeists make you reel out of your skin
Hauntings Are Not All That's Odd 'n' Eerie in Odd Scotland
Odd Scotland is full of odd and eerie stuff. But hauntings are not all that's eerie in Odd Scotland.
Boney Tales of Old Caithness
Caithness is marked by its Neolithic peoples, and its Picts and Vikings
Modern Viking Raid in Caithness
Heads roll in this contemporary fictional reality Viking Raid in Caithness, which leaves no bones uncovered.
Inbhir Nis, Capital of the Scottish Highlands
Inbhir Nis, Capital of the Scottish Highlands, can't escape its monstrous publicity
Odd Scotland Abroad
Pining for Old Scotland has inspired crazy manifestations of Odd Scotland abroad, from battle reenactments to cultish kilts, and Haggis hangovers
Gordon Mooney, Scottish Piper and Musicologist
Piper Gordon Mooney fired the 1980's revival in Scottish bellows-blown bagpipes and their music with his much praised album O'er the Border and his Tutor for Cauld Wind Bagpipes.
Nancy Lyon, Travel Journalist and Photographer
Nancy Lyon's travel writing has been described "as frenetic as a Galway barroom jig, or as balefully evocative as the most mournful Celtic ballad"
How We Built the Odd-Scotland Travel Website
Using Site Build It! website building tools, Nancy Lyon turned Scottish tams into Scottish navs, and had fun building the Odd-Scotland travel website


Coming Soon!
The Odd Scottish Weather Channel

Whiskey Barrel Houses at Findhorn, Scotland's Odd Eco Eden

Whisky Barrel Houses at Findhorn, Scotland's Odd Eco Eden

Scotland's Moray coast boasts the only Malt Whisky Trail in the World, with seven distilleries a short, inebriating drive apart. But these wooden vats before me now aren't filled with 9,000 liters of that golden Speyside elixir that makes Scotsmen dream and rave...

Read all about Findhorn's Eco Village

Odd Scot abroad at Mark Twain's Funeral

Mark  Twain Funeral reenactment at Elmira, New York

A funeral reenactment? What an enterprising American idea! In Scotland, historical reenactments of battles and bloody jousting tournaments are the thing. But America has fewer battles to reenact, so we have the latest tourism product: funeral reenactments...
Read all about Mark Twain's Funeral