10 songs for your trip to Scotland

Just a few days and I’m leaving for Scotland and since I’ve always loved celtic music, here I share a 10-songs-long playlist with you!

# 1 Loch Lavan Castle

#2 Donald where’s your troosers?

“Donald Where’s Your Troosers?” is a comic song about a rustic Scotsman who wears the kilt rather than trousers in defiance of the shock this causes to polite society. It was written by Andy Stewart in 10 minutes while he sat, trouserless, in the lavatory of a recording studio. A verse is also performed in the style of Elvis Presley to provide yet another amusing clash of cultures.

#3 Wild Mountain Thyme

Wild Mountain Thyme” (also known as “Purple Heather” and “Will Ye Go, Lassie, Go?“) is a folk song written by Francis McPeake, a member of a well known musical family in Belfast, Ireland, and is of Scottish origin.

#4 Mormond Braes

The song mentions a hill, Mormond Hill: the word ‘Brae’ comes from bràigh (“top”) in Scottish Gaelic. The ballad is sung in a mix of English and Scots, with references to ‘Strichen toon’. The song is about a girl who’s lost her lover and is preparing herself to face the world and get another.

#5 Caledonia

Caledonia is a modern Scottish folk ballad written by Dougie MacLean in 1977, who wrote the song in less than 10 minutes on a beach in Brittany, France, feeling homesick for Scotland. He said: “I was in my early 20s and had been busking around with some Irish guys. I was genuinely homesick. I’d always lived in Perthshire. I played it to the guys when I got back to the youth hostel where we were staying and that was the final straw – we all went home the next day.”

#6 Skye Boat Song

The song tells how Bonnie Prince Charlie, disguised as a serving maid, escaped in a small boat after the defeat of his Jacobite rising of 1745. The song has also been remade for the title song of the TV series Outlander.

#7 The Bonnie Ship “The Diamond”

“The Bonnie Ship the “Diamond” is a song about the West Greenland right whale fishing in the 1820s.

#8 I’m a Rover

Variant of an original Scottish song, I’m A Rover And Seldom Sober recorded by Great Big Sea.


Nancy Whisky first appears in print in the early 1900s. Nancy Whiskey does not refer to a woman, but to the drink.

#10 And now… a bit of instrumental!

Sources: wikipedia and pinterest for the picture


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