I’m not really ‘Scottish’, so would it be inappropriate for me to wear the Kilt?
The answer? Anyone can and would love the experience of wearing the kilt!
It isn’t only for Scots or people with Scottish ancestors. It is an old Highland tradition to encourage our guests to wear our unique mode of dress and it should be seen as a great compliment.
Over the past 400 years, kilt wearing Scots have travelled the world reaching every corner of the globe. They have fulfilled a rich diversity of trades and professions including traders, missionaries, engineers, doctors, teachers, naturalists and inventors to name only a few.
So, almost every country in the world has some sort of tartan link.
For example, in England there is Cornish, Northumberland and Manx (Isle of Man) tartans to name just a few. The Irish tartans consist of county tartans such as Ulster, Co. Mayo, Galway and Kildare and the Irish national tartan. We also have lots of Welsh tartans too – not to mention the beautiful hybrid nation tartans!
Within Europe many French, Spanish, Italian and German families have Celtic roots and are often of Scottish decent; whilst further afield there is a strong Scottish connection within America, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Russia. At Great Scot, we export to every country in the world from the United States to the Republic of China and many of the chosen tartans have no direct relation to the Scottish clan system whatsoever – yet they are respected registered tartan nonetheless.
We all have hundreds of rare, old and ancient tartans too which may not be listed on our website so have a chat with our Heritage Specialist who is always delighted to help you discover your choices; discover a world of beautiful designs and colours which you can wear with heritage and pride.