27 June 2023

One thing you will not tire of seeing in Scotland hills…

… is the sheep. They are pretty much everywhere. These are the Scottish Blackface sheep, which I am told, are pretty hardy creatures. They can endure fairly harsh weather.

Another thing you will observe in the terrain is a lot of vertical drops in the hillside – no more than a couple of feet. Apparently, these sheep will knock off dirt from the hillside with their hooves to create vertical walls of a couple of feet. They are always leeward facing. The idea is to protect themselves from the punishing wind!!

I was telling James – my driver and guide today – how we grew up in India learning the nursery rhyme “Baa Baa Black Sheep”… when he told me “You cannot say that here anymore.”

I was curious – “What do you mean?”

“Well, you cannot use Black word anymore”

“So, what are the kids taught?”

“Baa, baa rainbow sheep”



A bit incredulous, I asked one of the young girls working in our restaurant later if it was true. She confirmed it!!

I wonder what the kids in my school in India are learning these days…

(BTW, can you spot all the sheep that appear like white dots?)

Posted June 27, 2023 by Rajib Roy in category "Vacations

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