Scots culture in the park

Upper Hutt Scottish Highland Gathering kicked off with  loud bagpipe music coming from the other side of the hills at Harcourt Park.

Highland dancing





clan tents

Highland cattle


sword fighting


Arrow shooting



The rest…

Male highland dress includes kilt (or trews), sporran, sgian dubh and ghillies. Ghillies, or ghillie brogues, are traditional thick soled shoes with no tongues and long laces.

The sporran (/ˈspɒrən/; Scottish Gaelic for “purse“), a traditional part of male Scottish Highland dress, is a pouch that performs the same function as pockets on the pocketless kilt. Made of leather or fur, the ornamentation of the sporran is chosen to complement the formality of dress worn with it. The sporran is worn on a leather strap or chain, conventionally positioned in front of the groin of the wearer.


Female highland dress includes women’s shoes, also called ghillies, that are tied in the same way but have thin soles for indoor wear and dancing. Traditionally, women and girls do not wear kilts but may wear ankle-length tartan skirts. A tartan sash or shawl may also be worn. Women may also wear dress tartans which are modified versions which include white in place of a more prominent colour.

18 comments on “Scots culture in the park

  1. Sjoe dis interessant!Ek is mal oor die “sporran”…kan nogal doen met so ‘n beursie onder my klere.ons het ‘n buurman wat laatmiddag oefen op sy doedelsak.Manlief wil stuipe kry,maar ek luister graag en verplaas my na ‘n windverwaaide heuwel in Skotland.

    • Weet jy, dit was n belewenis. Die spelers het aan alle kante net agter die heuweltjies geoefen. Dan kom hul so al spelende aangestap oor die heuweltjies. Dit verplaas mens nogal na Skotse Hooglande. Almal is aangetrek in hul familie kleure en klere! Daar was selfs n Highland cattle(lewendige bees) wat weggehol het. Die meisies wat swaarddans gedoen het op doedelsak se musiek was ook ongelooflik. Elke sporran het sy eie patroon op- natuurlik familie simbool of meer wapen.

  2. One of your lovely, older posts I missed Ineke. Though I started my own blog in 2014, it could be that we weren’t following each other at that time. Some great photos. I love all things Scottish, and I adore listening to bagpipes being played. It’s really moving.

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