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    Quote Originally Posted by Jock Scot View Post
    Thank you. ... you will most certainly stand out by wearing the kilt to church in this part of the world.
    Yes, that is true today, Jock. How different it was in former years, when the pub was often over-by the kirk and both were the community's gathering places. In those days when I wouldn't go in one and was forbidden the other -- I envied them both. Last year (or the year before?) I remember admiring the number of kilted folk walking down the lane to the kirk one Sunday morning (three or four of them, I think) in Pitlochry, and, later in the day the dozen or so in the Moulin Inn jammed into its wee bar. Two were Atholls, but the others a mix of tartans.

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    I think it might have been two years ago Rex? Covid has probably got in the way since. Kilts, from what I see up here, have never been a common sight amongst regular church goers on a Sunday. Weddings on the other hand brings out the kilt in strength. I have always wondered if the ultra conservative religious thinking that is still present and still influential in the Western Highlands and Islands has had had an influence amongst the other congregations as well? We used to have a Vicar, a nice fellow C of E if I remember correctly, that was a regular kilt wearer. I was always envious of his tartan, Marr, but he was and still is the only church official that I have come across locally who has worn the kilt.

    Thinking about this, I have worn the kilt to a funeral locally on occasion, but there would be few locals accompanying me. People wearing the kilt to funerals -----I cannot speak about Sunday services-------- East of here and South of here do seem more common. I have been to funerals way North of here (Sutherland and Caithness)and cannot recall noticing many kilts at funerals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jock Scot View Post
    ...you will most certainly stand out by wearing the kilt to church in this part of the world.
    And in this part of the world too, which is why I don't wear Highland Dress to church.

    Standing out isn't the purpose of my attending.

    (I have worn Highland Dress to church many times however, when I'm the hired piper. But not when I'm an ordinary congregant.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by OC Richard View Post
    And in this part of the world too, which is why I don't wear Highland Dress to church.

    Standing out isn't the purpose of my attending.

    (I have worn Highland Dress to church many times however, when I'm the hired piper. But not when I'm an ordinary congregant.)
    I have to say that I am exceedingly uncomfortable with the "look at me" aspect of civilian kilt attire and always have been, it cannot always be avoided on occasion though. Pipers and band members are excluded in this, as they are part of the "show".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jock Scot View Post
    I have to say that I am exceedingly uncomfortable with the "look at me" aspect of civilian kilt attire and always have been, it cannot always be avoided on occasion though.
    This does make me a bit uncomfortable. I hope to be staying in Pitlochry later in the summer, and will be wearing a kilt, not because I want to be conspicuous, but because I enjoy wearing it. I'm faced with the choice of either being conspicuous, or not wearing it at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiltedjohn View Post
    This does make me a bit uncomfortable. I hope to be staying in Pitlochry later in the summer, and will be wearing a kilt, not because I want to be conspicuous, but because I enjoy wearing it. I'm faced with the choice of either being conspicuous, or not wearing it at all.
    Keep it for special events where others are dressed up. I do, and it seems to work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiltedjohn View Post
    This does make me a bit uncomfortable. I hope to be staying in Pitlochry later in the summer, and will be wearing a kilt, not because I want to be conspicuous, but because I enjoy wearing it. I'm faced with the choice of either being conspicuous, or not wearing it at all.
    Pitlochry has a few kilts being worn most days and quite a few in tourist time so you won't feel lonely. Although there are times throughout Scotland you could well be wearing the only kilt in town, so conspicuous you will be.

    If you enjoy wearing the kilt then carry on and enjoy it. If you enjoy the "look at me" aspect, then I respectfully suggest that you are wearing the kilt for the wrong reason.
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    You will be comfortable kilted in Pitlochry, KiltedJohn. Wear it without 'flash' and you will be just fine. I suspect Jock is correct and the conservative element is largely responsible for the decline in kilt wearing in Scotland, particularly on Sundays. Although it is still often seen in Inverness and in towns such as Pitlochry, it is in the smaller places where it is remarkable for its absence today.

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    Purely as a tourist I've visited Pitlochry, Inverness, Oban, Fort William, Skye, and many other places and I have never seen anyone in a kilt.

    Or Edinburgh or Glasgow either, except for Pipe Band members who were there performing, the odd busking piper, or the one kilted gent working in a shop on the Royal Mile. (Maybe I saw a kilted tourist on the Royal Mile? I can't remember.)

    The absence of kiltwearing and the fact that Highland Dress takes up so much suitcase space are why I've never brought a kilt with me to Britain, except when I was there with a Pipe Band.
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