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25 Summer Childhood Memories Every Scottish Person Has

Were you brave enough to leave the house without a jacket?

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1. Summer officially starting when your summer uniform was allowed.

Long shorts + checked dresses = summertime.

2. And from then on, managing to convince a teacher to have the lesson outside felt like the greatest victory.

On the (very) rare occasions it was actually hot enough.

3. You played rounders in every single PE lesson in the last few weeks of school.

And fell out with the wee shit who caught your perfect ball with one hand.

4. And checked the weather forecast every five minutes in the week before Sports Day.

"I didn't spend the past three weeks practising the sack race for nothing."


5. You sang "Summer Holiday" at the top of your lungs on the last day of school.

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"We're all going on a summer holiday, no more working for a... MONTH or two!"

6. Then had to wait for English schools to break up for summer holiday TV to start.

Ffs hurry up guys.

7. Sunlight pouring through your curtains kept you awake at night.

The best excuse to extend your bed time.

8. You went for a chippy and an ice-cold can of Irn Bru by the seaside at least once.

While avoiding the terrorising seagulls circling overhead.


9. And stopped for some of this on the way home.

Life just couldn't get much better.

10. You got the paddling pool out on a hot* summer's day.

And crossed your fingers that you didn't jinx the good weather.

*hot = the sun stays out for more than 15 minutes.

11. And ate a few of these to cool down.

Good old ICE POLES.

12. If the forecast looked extra promising, you got one of these bad boys out.

You never understood why it was shaped like a turtle, though.


13. Your parents shouted you in for tea and toast after you'd played with your friends long enough.

The dream.

14. If you lived near Glasgow, your whole neighbourhood probably headed to Largs for a "trip doon the water" on the one hot day of the year.

Inevitably stopping by Nardini's for an ice cream.

15. And you probably went on a trip to cycle around Millport.

Obviously getting a photo on Crocodile Rock.

16. But if you lived near Edinburgh, Portobello was your beach of choice.

The prettiest beach in Scotland (more or less).


17. And your beach gear was probably shown up by all the posh people with their deck chairs and windbreaks.

You just had your old towel and a bucket and spade.

18. But wherever you lived, you definitely visited Scotland's version of Disney World: the wonder that is M&D's.

Don't think Mickey would step foot in this place, though.

19. Or, for a real treat, you made the annual family visit to Edinburgh Zoo.

The highlight being the penguin parade obvs.

20. And picked up a few souvenirs while you were there.

It probably took you a week to finish it and pulled out a couple of your teeth, but you didn't care.


21. Because of the bad weather, you probably made full use of your rainy day activity book over the holidays.

Your arts and crafts game definitely improved over summer.

22. And you spent large parts of your summer indoors playing every board game you owned.

Every game almost always ended in tears.

24. And getting jealous of all the sunshine-filled water gun adverts on TV when it was pouring outside.


25. But your overriding memory of your Scottish summers is battling millions of midges.

The vermin of Scotland, and the bane of every school kid's summer life.