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(The Atlantic)   In the Scottish islands known as the Hebrides, they start drinking first thing in the morning. Talk about an essential vacation spot   (theatlantic.com) divider line 32
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2013-12-01 10:26:33 PM
"It's shiatE being Scottish! We're the lowest of the low. The scum of the farking Earth! The most wretched, miserable, servile, pathetic trash that was ever shat into civilization. Some hate the English. I don't. They're just wankers. We, on the other hand, are COLONIZED by wankers. Can't even find a decent culture to be colonized BY. We're ruled by effete assholes. It's a shiatE state of affairs to be in, Tommy, and ALL the fresh air in the world won't make any farking difference!"

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2013-12-01 10:35:57 PM
I used to hit an Italian bakery on the way to work in the morning. There were always Italian construction workers there getting their morning espresso with Ouzo. Like 8AM. lol
 
2013-12-01 10:36:09 PM

skinink: "It's shiatE being Scottish! We're the lowest of the low. The scum of the farking Earth! The most wretched, miserable, servile, pathetic trash that was ever shat into civilization. Some hate the English. I don't. They're just wankers. We, on the other hand, are COLONIZED by wankers. Can't even find a decent culture to be colonized BY. We're ruled by effete assholes. It's a shiatE state of affairs to be in, Tommy, and ALL the fresh air in the world won't make any farking difference!"

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Excuse me, can I use your restroom?
 
2013-12-01 10:39:38 PM
I do my best drinking in the morning.  By the end of the day I'm too tired for a proper drunk.
 
2013-12-01 10:44:22 PM

that was my nickname in highschool: I do my best drinking in the morning.  By the end of the day I'm too tired for a proper drunk.


That is why I am good with a beer at lunch. Clears the head, relaxing environment, maybe it is a placebo. At the end of the day, I am too beat for anything, much less a bar...
 
2013-12-01 10:50:13 PM
And a bargain at 14 shillings and six pence. A very tempting offer if I do say so myself!

/obscure?
 
2013-12-01 10:58:10 PM

Piizzadude: that was my nickname in highschool: I do my best drinking in the morning.  By the end of the day I'm too tired for a proper drunk.

That is why I am good with a beer at lunch. Clears the head, relaxing environment, maybe it is a placebo. At the end of the day, I am too beat for anything, much less a bar...


a bar? well, la-tee-da. aren't we mr. fancypants and above drinking home and alone.
 
2013-12-01 11:01:58 PM
I did a whiskey tour with my father in law the first week of October (best FIL ever, BTW).  It was simply awesome.  We flew in and out of Edinburgh.  Glasgow 1 night, Islay 2 nights, Oban 1 night, Perth 1 night, Edinburgh 2 nights.

My advice based on that trip is skip Glasgow, even if they stop flying police helicopters.  We only stayed there because it was an hour closer to the Islay ferry.  Skip Oban (charming, but not worth the trip).  Skip Perth (kind of a nice small town, and a decent culture, but not worth it).

I'd have stayed at a B&B that first night near the ferry to Islay.  Islay for 3-4 nights, depending on whether you're going to Jura or one of the other islands.  You can't see all the sh*te on Islay with just two days.  Take the long haul to Edinburgh, and spend 2-3 days there (I feel like two was OK, but there was a sh*t-ton of walking).  Go just outside the tourist season.  Make reservations for dinner when you're staying in the Hebrides.  There are typically only a handful of proper restaurants, and they fill quickly.  And "proper restaurants" are the only places to eat after 6 pm on Islay - in any other place in the UK, you can hit up any number of chip shops or curry joints.  You'll be hitting the grocery store on Islay if you miss out on dinner.  It's nice, but not important to stay on or near the royal mile in Edinburgh.  Buses run like every 2 minutes or something and drop your ass wherever you might want.
 
2013-12-01 11:05:33 PM
Oh, and drinking is serious business in Scotland.  Particularly the further out you get.  We walked into a pub with some seriously miserable, but absolutely pissed individuals at 4 pm on a Tuesday afternoon.
 
2013-12-01 11:07:41 PM
I guess my place on weekends is destined to be a hot vacation spot as well.
 
2013-12-01 11:10:30 PM
Sorry, I double tapped your daughter.
 
2013-12-01 11:17:43 PM

tripleseven: skinink: "It's shiatE being Scottish! We're the lowest of the low. The scum of the farking Earth! The most wretched, miserable, servile, pathetic trash that was ever shat into civilization. Some hate the English. I don't. They're just wankers. We, on the other hand, are COLONIZED by wankers. Can't even find a decent culture to be colonized BY. We're ruled by effete assholes. It's a shiatE state of affairs to be in, Tommy, and ALL the fresh air in the world won't make any farking difference!"

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Excuse me, can I use your restroom?


Remind me to tell you my Edinburgh porta-potty story sometime.
 
2013-12-01 11:23:19 PM

LemSkroob: Piizzadude: that was my nickname in highschool: I do my best drinking in the morning.  By the end of the day I'm too tired for a proper drunk.

That is why I am good with a beer at lunch. Clears the head, relaxing environment, maybe it is a placebo. At the end of the day, I am too beat for anything, much less a bar...

a bar? well, la-tee-da. aren't we mr. fancypants and above drinking home and alone.


lol....I save that for the weekends when I really let loose
 
2013-12-01 11:25:20 PM

fredbox: tripleseven: skinink: "It's shiatE being Scottish! We're the lowest of the low. The scum of the farking Earth! The most wretched, miserable, servile, pathetic trash that was ever shat into civilization. Some hate the English. I don't. They're just wankers. We, on the other hand, are COLONIZED by wankers. Can't even find a decent culture to be colonized BY. We're ruled by effete assholes. It's a shiatE state of affairs to be in, Tommy, and ALL the fresh air in the world won't make any farking difference!"

[img809.imageshack.us image 848x480]

Excuse me, can I use your restroom?

Remind me to tell you my Edinburgh porta-potty story sometime.


Tell your Edinburgh porta-potty story.
 
2013-12-01 11:26:55 PM
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Muck & Mull
 
2013-12-01 11:33:23 PM
Don't forget to say "Hi" to the landlord's daughter. Who knows, it might save your life.

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2013-12-01 11:34:51 PM

ReverendJimBobHammer: fredbox: tripleseven: skinink: "It's shiatE being Scottish! We're the lowest of the low. The scum of the farking Earth! The most wretched, miserable, servile, pathetic trash that was ever shat into civilization. Some hate the English. I don't. They're just wankers. We, on the other hand, are COLONIZED by wankers. Can't even find a decent culture to be colonized BY. We're ruled by effete assholes. It's a shiatE state of affairs to be in, Tommy, and ALL the fresh air in the world won't make any farking difference!"

[img809.imageshack.us image 848x480]

Excuse me, can I use your restroom?

Remind me to tell you my Edinburgh porta-potty story sometime.

Tell your Edinburgh porta-potty story.


So it was new years' eve, I was on mushrooms ...
 
2013-12-01 11:44:13 PM

fredbox: ReverendJimBobHammer: fredbox: tripleseven: skinink: "It's shiatE being Scottish! We're the lowest of the low. The scum of the farking Earth! The most wretched, miserable, servile, pathetic trash that was ever shat into civilization. Some hate the English. I don't. They're just wankers. We, on the other hand, are COLONIZED by wankers. Can't even find a decent culture to be colonized BY. We're ruled by effete assholes. It's a shiatE state of affairs to be in, Tommy, and ALL the fresh air in the world won't make any farking difference!"

[img809.imageshack.us image 848x480]

Excuse me, can I use your restroom?

Remind me to tell you my Edinburgh porta-potty story sometime.

Tell your Edinburgh porta-potty story.

So it was new years' eve, I was on mushrooms ...


Please tell me you didn't stick them up your rear and the have to dive for them like in Trainspotting
 
2013-12-01 11:48:45 PM
I know of another place like this.   They call it Louisiana.
 
2013-12-02 12:42:41 AM
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I don't care what time I start drinking, I don't want to have anything to do with *that*.
 
2013-12-02 01:05:45 AM

Babwa Wawa: Oh, and drinking is serious business in Scotland.  Particularly the further out you get.   We walked into a pub with some seriously miserable, but absolutely pissed individuals at 4 pm on a Tuesday afternoon.


You can find that in most corner bars in every city in the world.
 
2013-12-02 02:04:44 AM

LemSkroob: Piizzadude: that was my nickname in highschool: I do my best drinking in the morning.  By the end of the day I'm too tired for a proper drunk.

That is why I am good with a beer at lunch. Clears the head, relaxing environment, maybe it is a placebo. At the end of the day, I am too beat for anything, much less a bar...

a bar? well, la-tee-da. aren't we mr. fancypants and above drinking home and alone.


I built a bar for the days when I choose have to work at home. Best of both worlds. Don't get me started on the asshole bartender though.
 
2013-12-02 04:23:39 AM
Babwa Wawa I'm sure maybe you think you saw all Perth and Glasgow have to offer at one night each but they are both amazing cities with a ton of culture, history and atmosphere. It's like anywhere I guess, good and bad places (I'm guessing you only saw the latter) and one night doesn't really do them justice nor make you an expert on Scottish tourism. My advice to people is be open minded and step away from the stereotypical London, York and Edinburgh only tour of the UK. But if you do make it to York come into my shop so I can rip you off with overpriced 'traditional English tea' (imported from India/China).
 
2013-12-02 05:32:54 AM
Hipster vacation is a hipster vacation no matter how many words you gussy it up with.

/Scotland is great
//Just don't visit Edinburgh during the Fringe. It's a great festival but you won't see the real Scotland there.
 
2013-12-02 06:40:29 AM

Brosef Stalin: Babwa Wawa I'm sure maybe you think you saw all Perth and Glasgow have to offer at one night each but they are both amazing cities with a ton of culture, history and atmosphere. It's like anywhere I guess, good and bad places (I'm guessing you only saw the latter) and one night doesn't really do them justice nor make you an expert on Scottish tourism. My advice to people is be open minded and step away from the stereotypical London, York and Edinburgh only tour of the UK. But if you do make it to York come into my shop so I can rip you off with overpriced 'traditional English tea' (imported from India/China).


Can I come? I have to go to York.

Anyway, Babwa, you can't do a tour of Scotland and miss out Skye, particularly as that's where the Talisker distillery is. In Glasgow you get coal buckets filled with booze. No one should skip Glasgow, whether you're in it for the drinkings, or the sightseeing, it's quite a nice place. Like all places it has its seedy underbelly, which is also great, if you like that kind of thing. If you can get into the student union give that a go (big if). It's been 13 year since I was there, but alcohol was so cheap they practically gave it away. I wonder if it's still like that. Those were the days.

/stares wistfully into the distance
 
2013-12-02 07:57:22 AM
"You can't drink all day unless you start in the morning"  -- My Boss.
 
2013-12-02 08:12:53 AM

carlysled: I know of another place like this.   They call it Louisiana.


or as I like to call it, every-place-I-have-ever-lived.
 
2013-12-02 08:21:20 AM
The Hebrides? What about the Shegrooms?
 
2013-12-02 08:49:11 AM

Brosef Stalin: Babwa Wawa I'm sure maybe you think you saw all Perth and Glasgow have to offer at one night each but they are both amazing cities with a ton of culture, history and atmosphere. It's like anywhere I guess, good and bad places (I'm guessing you only saw the latter) and one night doesn't really do them justice nor make you an expert on Scottish tourism. My advice to people is be open minded and step away from the stereotypical London, York and Edinburgh only tour of the UK. But if you do make it to York come into my shop so I can rip you off with overpriced 'traditional English tea' (imported from India/China).



I don't think I saw all of Glasgow and Perth.  The first line indicated a whiskey tour of Scotland.  There's not a single malt distillery in Glasgow, and there's only one outside of Perth.  We stopped in both of those places because they were on the way to someplace else.

I suggest Edinburgh, despite the fact that there aren't many distilleries around it, because it's the place that most independent bottlers will focus on as their primary market channel.
 
2013-12-02 08:53:41 AM

Pointy Tail of Satan: I used to hit an Italian bakery on the way to work in the morning. There were always Italian construction workers there getting their morning espresso with Ouzo. Like 8AM. lol


Ouzo? You sure it was ouza and not grappa?

Espresso and grappa is called "espresso corretto", corrected espresso.
 
2013-12-02 10:42:25 AM
I used to work with a Scottish expat who told me what it was like growing up in 70s Scotland.  He told me the story of how his parents built a new house in the early 70s.  The house had no central heat, and no telephone service.  This was in the 70s, when ever web-toed yokel in the American deep South had AC, a color TV and phone line in his doublewide.  I was just astounded.  He thought New Jersey was great.  I'm not surprised that the Scots start drinking as soon as they open their eyes in the morning.
 
2013-12-02 07:48:17 PM
 
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