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

Updated on October 6, 2013

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. 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 !

Sean Connery
Sean Connery

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...


  • 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 ?

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.

Scotland's finest

Nevertheless, the sexy and romantic image of Scotsmen is quite persistent. Living in a period where Scots and people of Scots heritage have a real joy in promoting this heritage in culture, dress, drink, music and sports, it's not surprising that you can see some new Scottish laddies on the stage. Below some of Scotland's finest (I think)...

Gerald Butler
Gerald Butler

Gerard Butler

Scottish actor, born November, 13 1969 in Glasgow


  • Burns (2011)
  • The Bounty Hunter (2010)
  • P.S. I love you (2007)
  • Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003)


  • Was a big practical joker while shooting The Bounty Hunter and used to amuse the crew by flashing his butt
  • Struggles to stick to the healthy eating plans he has adhere to while shooting movies, and often yearns for the calorific delicacies of his home country
  • Likes women to make the first move
  • Ranked #6 on People magazine's Hottest Bachelor 2008 list

Sean Connory
Sean Connory

Sean Connory

retired Scottish actor and producer born August, 25 1930 in Edinburgh

Most famous for playing the character of James Bond in seven Bond films but there's a long list of movies to his name.

There was much controversy when he stated in an interview with Barbra Walters (1987), that it was "okay to smack a woman"

Knighted in July 2000; member of the Scottish National Party campaigning for Scottish independence and therefore accused of hypocrisy for accepting the knighthood

Scott Dougray
Scott Dougray

Dougray Scott

Scottish actor, born November, 25 1965 in Glenrothes, Fife

Filmography: Desperate Housewives , Ripley's Game, Mission: Impossible II

  • Has been a regular Chieftain at Markinch Highland Games in Fife
  • Was cast as Wolverine in X-MEN (2000), but had to leave due to a schedule conflict with MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE II (2000)
  • Placed 97th in the Top 100 Sexiest Men of New Woman Magazine
  • Was born Stephen Scott, but the name had already been registered at Equity, so he took his French grandmother's surname

David Gandy
David Gandy

David Gandy

Model of Scottish descent, born February, 19 1980 and best known for his advert for Dolce & Gabbana's fragrance "Light Blue"

  • On 26 June 2009, Forbes Magazine ranked Gandy as the world's third most successful male model, behind Matt Gordon and Sean O'Pry
  • David has followed in the famous footsteps as luminaries such as designer Paul Smith, by blogging for VOGUE.COM. The model started blogging on the fashion website from late June 2010.

Sean Lamont
Sean Lamont

Sean Lamont

Scottish international rugby player born January,15 1981 in Perth, Scotland.

Lamont was photographed naked for the Dieux du Stade 2007 calendar and appeared in the Dieux du Stade DVD.

Hans Matheson
Hans Matheson

Hans Matheson

Scottish actor, born August 7, 1975 in Stornoway-Isle of Lewis.


  • Clash of the Titans (2010)
  • Sherlock Holmes (2009)
  • The Tudors (2008)

Plays guitar, violin and harmonica and writes his own songs

James McAvoy
James McAvoy

James McAvoy

Scottish actor, born April 21, 1979 in Glasgow


  • X-men First Class (2011)
  • Wanted (2008)
  • Last King of Scotland (2006)
  • Chronicles of Narnia (2005)
  • Band of Brothers (2001)


  • Hates it when fans interrupt him when he is using the toilet. He is often approached by men in public conveniences who attempt to talk to him or shake his hand while he's relieving himself.
  • Says he would rather eat dog poo than exercise
  • While growing up, he wanted to be a priest
  • Chosen as one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive for 2007

Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor

Ewan McGregor

Scottish actor, born March 31, 1971 in Crieff, Perthshire


  • Nanny McPhee returns (2010)
  • Angels and Demons (2009)
  • Miss Potter (2006)
  • Moulin Rouge (2001)
  • Star Wars (several episodes)


  • Has reportedly bagged the lead role in Madonna's movie W.E., about the late British royal King Edward VIII
  • Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor shared a kiss in Paris, France after they were made knights in the prestigious National Order of Arts and Letters at the Ministry of Culture
  • Isn't interested in doing a sequel to 1996 cult movie TRAINSPOTTING, because he hates the book it's based on
  • Reveals he had several cancerous moles removed from just below his right eye
  • Ewan, a UNICEF ambassador, adopted a 4-year-old girl from Mongolia, named Jamyan, whom he met while traveling around the world in 2004

Marti Pellow
Marti Pellow

Marti Pellow

Scottish singer, born March 23, 1965 in Clydebank as Mark McLachlan.

  • Lead singer of the Scottish pop group Wet Wet Wet
  • Appeared in Sir Tim Rice's concert revival of his hit musical Chess in Concert
  • Played leading role in the musical Chicago
  • Plays the leading role in a revival of the musical The Witches of Eastwick
  • Dreams of playing a James Bond villain

Gordon Ramsay
Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay

Scottish celebrity chef, born November 8, 1966 in Johnstone.

  • Known for presenting TV programmes about competitive cookery and food, such as Hell's Kitchen
  • Played semi professional for the Scottish football club Glasgow Rangers
  • Has been criticized for his frequent use of profanity on his programmes
  • Above average height, standing at 6 feet 2.5 inches (189.2 cm)
  • Fulfilled his aim of finishing 10 marathons in 10 years by running his 10th consecutive London Marathon in 2009, sponsoring the Scottish Spina Bifida Association


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      13 months ago

      I don't know. I am no Scotish guy, just a Newyorikan born in New Jersey, USA. And the image I have in my head of all these Scotish guys in "kilt" [or "skirt"?] playing bagpipes & drinking whiskey. So I don't know.

      PS: Excuse me any Scotish guy who felt I was unfair in my comment.

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      23 months ago

      Seriously, go to Scotland, if you like white trainers, pot bellies, blue jeans and shaved purple head look and an agressive pit bull.

      That is what most Scottish men and also northern English ones look like.

      Probably, if they took care of themselves they would look better.

      You are looking at the ones who take care of themselves and got away.

      Take a reality check!

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      2 years ago

      Best Latin Lovers are in South America. I haven't known a scott but I'd just love to. Though his kidding if expects to get me in a hotel room on a first date. Latin women don't give themselves away that easy.

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      3 years ago

      i love to meet Scottish man

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      Patricia Sullivan 

      4 years ago

      How About singer Johnny Ried

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      Angelia Campbell 

      4 years ago

      I'm American, from Scottish descent. I have had to beat women of all ages, off my brother's my whole life. They are tall, dark hair with clear blue eyes. If that wasn't enough, they are VERY charming. I used to warn new female friends about them, and not to become interested in them, but it never worked ( then or now). So WOMEN BEWARE!

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      4 years ago

      Yes, where the blazes is David Tennant?

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      Dylan Mclean 

      4 years ago

      I am scottish and aye ye need tae ken whur tae look fur a good guy but its just like any whur else in the world if ye ken whit a mean.

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      Connor MacD. 

      4 years ago

      Of course us Scotsmen are smooth! Check out for a preview of the romantic time-travelin' Highlander comedy novel Scottish Romance Chicks: The Seduction of the Highlander Clan Chief. Don't worry, the Lowlanders get plenty of love, too!

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      4 years ago

      Love Scottish men wish I had one that I could call all my own

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      4 years ago

      What? No Sam Heughan, Craig Ferguson or Billy Connelly? Oh well, Sam Heughan will be a household name within a year. I am disappointed Craig didn't make the list though.

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      5 years ago

      What is said in that is basicaly shit, im 21 born and bred in glasgow, its mostly full of neds( people in tracksuits thats speak with a squeek to there voice and takes all drugs and drink, walking about the streets fighting if u look, talk or bump into them, or if your from a different area), i would love to get out of this hell hole (glasgow) . Well out of scotland all together its shit here, full of junkies, alcoholics and fighting. Plus terrible weather

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      5 years ago from South Africa

      Well, having a name like Fiona Jean McKay, I think you may say I'm a little biased but, what the hell - there is nothing sexier than a Scotts accent and if Gerard Butler, Ewan MacGregor or Dougray Scott ever come to Howick, I have a band of friends who would happily kidnap any one of them. Great hub - I really enjoyed it. (The eye candy definitely didn't hurt)

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      5 years ago

      i am so scottish boyfrend cheated me with neherly 30000 euro...

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      5 years ago from Canada

      I thoroughly enjoyed this hub! There's just something about a Scottish accent that makes me giggle like a little girl. lol. Some women love a French accent, I am a fan of the Scottish one... I love the way they say "aye" instead of yes. lol.

      Very nice list, as well. I'm a fan of Gerard Butler, for the most part.. Some of his movies are less than fantastic (Bounty Hunter, for one... Love him.. Love Jen Aniston, but for some reason, that movie was just awful) ... He was amazing in 300 and P.S I Love You... Love Mr. Connery too, though I'd never heard that he once said it was okay to smack a woman.... not too sure how I feel about him now.

      Lovely hub! Voted up!


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      Michelle Orelup 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Yowza! Thanks for all the Scottish Eye Candy!

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      5 years ago

      I'm really glad I found this page. I learned a lot. :) I would love to meet a Scottish man, but Welsh or Irish might be good too, lol. I've always been attracted to the accent, but getting to know a few would be great and find out for myself about what they're really like. How in the world do you find them on Facebook? The ones that are for real at least. :)

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      5 years ago

      I have a scot, he's amazing x

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      a ginger. 

      5 years ago

      Woah, no David Tennant? I'm shocked! That man is just... oomf.

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      5 years ago

      Hi there sisters! Well, maybe I lived in the wrong place in Scotland! Maybe you have to live in one of the big cities (Edinburgh or Glasgow) to find or meet these sexy Scottish men!

      I don't think I am overly picky, but the pickings were very thin! I lived in the Highlands of Scotland for 11 years and sorry guys and ladies, did not meet one I wanted to spend the rest of my years with!!!

      Boozing, stalking (deer), fishing and moody silences were the norm!!!

      Their wives complained too!

      What is that old saying...The grass is always greener on the other side?????

      Hey listen.....I am not saying they are not out there but like anywhere, you have to hunt real hard for a winner.

      Make good buddies though.

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      5 years ago

      They aren't sexy on average. Notice that most of the Scottish guys people find attractive are the ones who look like they have Mediterranean heritage. From the Roman expansion into Britain: People like David Gandy & Collin Farell are so over hyped because of their dark mediterranean like features. That are rare in Britain in comparison to the pasty and pale types. People like Gandy, Gerard, & Farrel would fit better in Italy or Spain than they do Britain. Because the average Brit does not have their features.

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      5 years ago

      i had no idea gordon Ramsey was scottish ,I have yet to meet a scot but I plan to move to Scotland and I can't wait I LOVE the accent it is so SEXY , ;)

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      5 years ago

      Scottish from the Highlandd,a real Highlander.

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      5 years ago

      Been marryed to a Scott's for 31 years. ;) he's a keeper.

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      5 years ago from scotland

      i think its also our sense of humour along with our accent :)

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      5 years ago from Bristol, England

      Yeah Scottish men are hot and the accent is hot! Been there a few times.

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      Jack Baumann 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Funny stuff. I'm actually quite fond of Scottish women, I love the ferocity!

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      6 years ago

      I've been dating with a Scottish for the last 4 months and he was the best lover ever, not too romantic, it's true, but amazing!

      And i'm latin american so trust me, i know about passion.

      Scottish rocks!

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      6 years ago

      Don't forget the WWE wrestler Drew MacIntyre...bit of the Highlands come to America...MonicaMcCarty writes about the history of Scotlandand has a lot of romance in her books as well.

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      6 years ago

      Too loud? Gimme a break!

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      6 years ago

      I personally think Scottish men or men of Scottish descent are THE hottest. I get weak in the knees at the sound of a brogue. And a man who can caber toss?! It's just in my blood. As a direct descendent of Mary Queen of Scots, and with Highland blood on both sides, I am programmed to love it. I also love the Colors, Topography and Climate of Scotland. I'm always drawn to places that look like it.

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      Gerri Brousseau 

      6 years ago

      I always thought Sean Connery was Welsh. I guess you live and learn. I love men with dark hair and light eyes, so I guess one could say I would be in heaven if I went to Scottland. I believed that most of the time the men there do not wear kilts, but wear them only on special occasions. Still, I would love to visit and find out for myself.

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      6 years ago

      My love of my life is a scotsman, he is amazing, loving, and he rocks my world! He is more man than any man I dated in Canada!! I am very lucky!

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      s (kilday)goldberg (widowed) 

      6 years ago

      If Gerard Butler were to knock on my door he wouldn't have to worry one twit about the woman making the first move. He is sooo in it's disgraceful. The only 2 people in this world whose opinion I would care about is me Mother and my Husband (sorry Harry) and the are both dead! sooo I'm sooo free it's sickening.

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      6 years ago

      You forgot Dario Franchitti! Gorgeous, successful and very sexy!

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      6 years ago


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      6 years ago

      My husband is Scottish and he is divine Scots are the most gorgeous men on earth.

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      6 years ago

      Pictures of great scottish men, but you have forgotten the most sexy of them all: Tommy Flanagan, I just love him.

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      6 years ago

      Where do you find a scottish man if you are from the mid western part of america? :/ Love the body. Love the skirt with no shirt .. of course ;)

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      6 years ago

      Proud to have 'eem poounden loud in the bedroom!

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      6 years ago

      heck yea it does make me feel proud that we hav some sexy scottish men in the lines

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      7 years ago

      I'm hoping to find my own Scot one day..

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      That Chick 

      7 years ago

      My roommates scottish so this is an awkward thing to read....funny but awkward.

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      7 years ago

      I'm falling in love with a Scot as we speak! :) complaints in the bedroom ;)

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      7 years ago

      I'm falling in love with a Scot as we speak! :) complaints in the bedroom ;)

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      7 years ago

      I found a Scotsman.

      He's amazing.

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      Darlene Yager 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Nice hub! Very interesting, lots of sexy Scots. Sean Connery is still a good looking man. I didn't realize there were so many.

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      7 years ago from Netherlands

      Thanks Babs, you were so right! Alteration has been made...

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      7 years ago

      Pretty sure that James McAvoy's birthday is 21 April 1979 instead of the January 1 listed.

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      7 years ago

      Holy God! A hotel room on a 1st date w/ a Scot!!?? That's exactly what I'm looking for!

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      7 years ago

      I swear I giggled like a teenage girl all through the description of the driver cause I knew exactly what she meant ;)

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      8 years ago

      And how did we overlook Craig Ferguson?

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      8 years ago from Washington State

      It makes you proud to have some Scottish blood, doesn't it!


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