Why Scottish men are sexy... or are they ?

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December 15, 2016 By Arietha

A visit to Scotland

It was supposed to be a lazy day of sightseeing. A whisky distillery in the morning, lunch at an old mill and then back to our 13th-century castle accommodation in the evening. Yet from the moment we laid eyes on our Scottish busdriver, we knew it was going to be a memorable tour.

"Is this Hollywood movie star really our bus driver?" asks my companion on our busload of women. "Is he married?" someone else asks.

To imagine our busdriver is to picture all of Scotland in one man. Dark-blue tartan kilt, woolen knee breeches bound with twine, silver blade tucked into the top of his hose and leather sporran lashed around his hips. He is blond and goateed, with a lilting accent peppered with "ayes". Even his company-issue polo shirt seems sexy. More Liam Neeson than Mel Gibson. His eyes are as hopeful as a puppy with his leash.

"Would you want to go up to the Highlands?" he asks us. You is yee. Go is goo.

"We could goo up to the Highlands tomorra mornin', if yeed leek," he continues. "Weeell have to leave a wee bit early but weell still be back in time foo lunch. It's soo close, I cannae believe it's noo in yee itinerary."

We cannae believe it either. Later, he tells us that he has travelled the world with his bagpipes in his backpack, probably being the only Scotsman to have piped in Salzburg and Sydney and everywhere in between. This info surely adds up to the romantic idea most women have about Scottish men.


Worldwide it seems a lot of the female population are fixated on Scottish men as the ultimate romantic hero.

Worldwide it seems a lot of the female population are fixated on Scottish men as the ultimate romantic hero. What they appear to have in mind is along the lines of Mel Gibson’s portrayal of Wallace in Braveheart; son of a wild, beautiful, tempestuous and untamed land, steeped in romantic history, independent, hardy and ready to take on – and defeat - anyone who threatens his homeland or his 'wummin’… Darling Mel had women everywhere sighing for a Highlander of their very own !

James Bond

Another perfect Scottish example of skill and charm must be Bond, James Bond. Another perfect Scottish example of skill and charm must be Bond, James Bond. He wears sex appeal like a second skin by the way he walks, moves and looks, making it impossible for women not to notice him in a sexual way. The immortal portrayal by Sean Connery makes Commander Bond very emphatically a Scot… And when he opens his mouth there’s this sexy brogue – rough and masculine, described as chocolate for the ears !


Answers you may get when you ask...

do men wear underwear under kilts

  • How badly do you want to know?
  • How warm are your hands?
  • Me mother once told me a real lady wouldn't ask. She was right, God bless 'er.
  • My Scottish pride.
  • Sorry, I'm a bit shy and not much good with words. Give me your hand...
  • Talcum powder


  • A wee set of pipes.
  • My shoes and socks.
  • String - I had to tie it up so it didn’t hang below the kilt.
  • What God graced me with.


  • Nothing is worn, everything is in perfect working order.


Men in kilts

And speaking of Sean Connery... His Friends of Scotland charity produces Dressed to Kilt, the most prestigious Scottish fashion show in the world which kicks-off Tartan Week in New York each year. The non-profit organization promotes Scotland in the USA and the fashion show tartans and kilts.

And do women find men in kilts attractive? Hell, yeah, you can bet your life they do and wonder at what may or may not be underneath ! In modern language not wearing anything below the kilt is often referred to as going "Commando" or "Regimental", both terms have their roots in military tradition.

The rule against wearing anything under the kilt was once so strict that until World War II inspections of Black Watch troops included having them step on a mirror. For officers, violating the rule cost the offender a bottle of port. Now the under-the-kilt dress is optional, but options don't come easily to men who believe in tradition – most highland kilted soldiers go “regimental” and so does the average kilt-wearing Scot !

But is this Scottish image realistic ?

But is this Scottish image realistic ?

A recent online survey showed that Scottish men are not considered that romantic after all. Almost a fifth of Scottish women surveyed said they didn’t think their men took enough time in bed and said they ‘could be more romantic’. 16% of the Scottish men surveyed seemed to back this up by voting a ‘hotel room’ as the best place to take a first date (the highest figure in Europe apparently)! 14% of Scottish women surveyed said their partner had even answered the phone during sex!

In another survey, where women from 20 countries were to rate nations on their talent in the bedroom and give reasons for their answers, the Scots lovers were considered to be 'too loud' and were therefore ranked 8th as the world's worst lovers.

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