Moffat sheep race

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.

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.

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.

5. Loony dook

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.
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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.

6. The Kirkwall Ba'

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.
Geograph.org.uk/Ian Balcombe
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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.

7. Wedding scramble

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.
Geograph.org.uk/David Douglas
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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.

8. Moffat sheep race

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.
Geograph.org.uk/Andrew King
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