Kilted staff at Inverness bar switch to trousers after harassment

BARMEN at an Inverness pub who ditched their kilts because they were being harassed by women revellers are now wearing tartan trousers instead.

Barmen at an Inverness pub who wore kilts to work have been forced to switch to wearing trousers after female revellers harassed them. Picture: PA

Staff at Hootananny in Church Street stopped wearing their tartan last summer, complaining the problem was particularly bad at weekends when large groups of drunk women would “circle” around them and lift up their kilts to check if they were wearing anything underneath.

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Although the kilt will not be making a return, the staff have agreed to adopt tartan trousers to reflect the pub’s traditional Scottish theme.

Owner Kit Fraser is pleased to see tartan is making a return.

“It is a compromise,” he said. “It deals with the problem of hands up kilts but still keeps the flag flying for the great Scottish tradition of tartan. We are a quintessential Scottish bar and tourists expect to see tartan.”