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19 Signs You're A True Highlander

Just don’t say the word Teuchter.

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1. You've spent all your lunch money on a Dream Ring from Harry Gow’s.

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I mean, it's sweet donut that's filled with cream and topped with icing. Who wouldn't?

2. You've marveled in wonder at the rotting socks at a Clootie Well.

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There are multiple sites throughout the Highlands, and they were once thought to hold the power to cure the sick. But as a kid you just visited them for the dirty socks hanging from the trees.

3. You've tested your nerves on the Tree Top Trail.

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Every time a school holiday came around, you headed to Landmark. The "Tree Trop Trail" was daunting when you were a wee bairn, but you risked it for the cool points.

4. You've been transfixed by the big clock in Eastgate Shopping Centre.

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A trip to Inverness wasn't complete until you watched the monkey climb the tree and chime the bell.

6. You've spent a lot of time spotting local wildlife.

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The Highlands are renowned for their diverse and wonderful wildlife. From wildcats to capercaillies, and the local blue hippos, we've got it all.

7. You've been on a school trip to Waltzing Waters.

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At the time, enjoying a show where jets of water lit by coloured lights moved to music didn't seem all that strange.

10. Whenever there was a hint of sun, you headed to Bellfield Park.

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Even though the temperature never rose above 15°C.

12. You know all the lyrics to "Shove Yer Granny".

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Every Highlander's formative years involved learning the lyrics to this Singing Kettle banger, while dancing down the aisles of Eden Court Theatre.

14. Your summers were defined by farm shows.

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From Moy to The Black Isle Show, summer revolved around them. Where else could you check out the latest John Deere, watch a parade of Highland Cows and ride "the shows", all in one place?

15. And the Highland Games.

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From tossing the caber to watching your dad compete in the tug-o-war, the games were an annual showcase of Scottish history and prowess.

17. You know every artifact in Inverness Museum.

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Many a dreich rainy weekend was spent traipsing the museum. The highlight, of course, was greeting Felicity the puma.

18. You've taken on Nessie, and survived.

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Riding the near vertical drop flume in the Inverness Aquadome was basically a rite of passage for every Highland child.

19. You've dolphin watched on the Moray Firth.

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Our resident colony of Bottlenose Dolphins, who are best spotted in the Black Isle and Chanonry Point, are world renowned.

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