The weird and wonderful Scottish traditions you might not know

Scotland has a fascinating and rich history, with many celebrations and traditions which are seeped in myth and legend.

Moffat sheep race

From haggis hurling and first footing to sheep racing and coal carrying, we take a look at the history behind some weird and wonderful Scottish traditions that you might not know about.

Haggis hurling has gained massive popularity over the past few decades. It began in 1977 when Irishman Robin Dunseath placed an advert in a national newspaper inviting entrants to The World Haggis Hurling Competition.

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The Scottish Coal Race which has been going since 1994 - is run over a kilometre, uphill through the Fife village of Kelty, from the smiddy to the school, with women hefting 25 kilo bags and men double that.
The Burning of the Clavie involves a hooped barrel, the Clavie, which is filled with old bits of tar and wood. 10 men take turns to carry the burning Clavie round the streets, stopping off to present bits of embers to houses.
A custom undertaken prior to the wedding was feet-washing.Friends of the bride would wash her feet in a symbolic act of cleansing. The groom's feet were covered in soot and feathers.
Every year since 1987, South Queensferry residents have gathered on New Years Day to take a dip in the refreshing waters of the River Forth.
Local men gather on New Years Day (though it is also played on Christmas Day) at 1pm to play a chaotic and brutal version of the beautiful game with a cork-stuffed leather ball.
The wedding scramble was a common occurrence in many parts of Scotland. The best man or bridegroom would shower children with coppers and silver as the bridal party left the church after the marriage ceremony.
Moffat used to stage an annual sheep race every August where sheep race down the towns high street with a dummy jockey, made of wool, on their backs while negotiating a series of obstacles.
The prenuptial ritual, normally carried out the day before a wedding, sees the future bride or bridegroom seized by friends and covered in soot, treacle, flour and feathers.
People often spit on the Heart of Midlothian on Edinburgh's Royal Mile for good luck but the tradition came bought to show contempt for the stories of terror and execution from the prison that once stood here.
Still common across Scotland, this tradition says to ensure good luck, the first visitor to a home after midnight on Hogmanay should be a dark haired male bringing a piece of coal, shortbread, salt, black bun and a dram.