• Origins of the Kilt

    Lets unravel the rich tapestry of Scottish culture. The history of the Scottish kilt stands as a symbol of tradition and heritage. Dating back to the 16th century, the origins of the kilt has evolved from a practical garment worn by Highlanders into a globally recognized emblem of Scottish identity. Originally known as the “féileadh mòr.” This pleated, knee-length garment served as versatile attire. This allowed ease of movement in the rugged Scottish terrain. Over time, it became synonymous with clan pride. There are many Clans with distinctive tartans reflecting familial ties and regional affiliations.

    Old Kilts

    The formalization or origins of the kilt as a national symbol occurred in the 18th century, catalysed by the Dress Act of 1746. The Act aimed to suppress Highland culture following the Jacobite uprisings. Despite the ban on traditional Highland dress, it endured as a symbol of resilience and cultural pride. Its resurgence gained momentum in the 19th century. This was fuelled by romanticized perceptions of Scottish heritage. The patronage of Queen Victoria also helped.

    New Kilts

    As for the modern day version… well, you will always find George and Alastair from ‘Go Highlands’ in their Kilts. One question that usually arises ‘Isn’t it cold wearing a Kilt?’ The simple answer is NO, but then again they are always on the move. If they are not driving in their air conditioned Minibuses they’re wandering across Battlefields and castles or tramping through Heather clad hills.

    In the modern era, the Scottish kilt transcends its historical roots, becoming a globally recognized garment worn with pride during various celebrations. This would include weddings, festivals, and ceremonial events. As artisans continue to craft kilts using time-honoured techniques contemporary designs breathe new life into this iconic piece of clothing. The Scottish kilt remains an enduring emblem of cultural identity. Explore this timeless legacy of the Highlanders with us on a Tour with Go Highlands as we delve into its intricate history and enduring significance.

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