Scotland Myth vs Truth: 12 Scottish clichés that are (mostly) untrue that you can drop before visiting Scotland

DO we hear bagpipes often? Are Scots’ accents really as thick as they say? What IS the deal with kilts and underwear? Is this all Scottish fact or fiction?

You can easily find articles on tourism and culture but many may propagate certain myths or inaccuracies about the area you’re researching.

While every country has its stereotypes, Scotland can be seen as a particularly strong example given the country’s legacy in pop culture via the film and TV industry.

After all, who hasn’t seen some episodes of Outlander or Braveheart?

The question is, however, how much truth do these myths hold, or are they flat out lies?

Here are 12 common conceptions (or misconceptions) about Scotland with some added context for those learning about the country.

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