Scottish places mentioned in songs

A challenge has been set by our Twitter supporter BergFulton to find songs that mention specific sites/cities in Scotland. Bonus points if the band is not actually Scottish …. So here we are:

Lochaber no more, sutherland no more Lewis no more Skye no more. Bathgate no more Linwood no more Methil no more Irvine no more, The Proclaimers

Lucy in the Skye with diamonds

the Hollies…The AYR that I breathe

Neil Sedaka CALLANDER girl

I was sick and tired of everything When I called you last night from GLASGOW Abba Super Trooper

“paisley” park by Prince

Painic in the streets of Carlisle, Dublin, DUNDEE, humberside… The Smiths

Mull of Kintyre by Sir Paul.

‘On the bonnie bonnie banks of LOCH LOMOND’

the old folk song, The King sits in Dunfermline tow

These Streets by Poalo Nutini whole song about glasgow

‘And the empty house in Edinburgh without authority or voice’ is from Runrig’s song ‘Alba’

The Banks of the Dee,The Birks of Aberfeldie,Battle of Stirling,Mary of Argyll,Loch Tay Boat Song ,Will Ye go to Sheriffmuir

Runrig. ‘Waiting up late with the GREENOCK girls single every song that made us’ song is called ‘The Message’

4 and 20 virgins came down from INVERNESS, And when the ball was over there were 4 and 20 less

Well my heart’s in the Highlands gentle and fair… Bluebelles blazing, where the ABERDEEN waters flow, Bob Dylan

The Valves – Aint No Surf in Portobello (thought they are Scottish so doesnt score as high)

is there peace beneath the roar of the forth road bridge, on the northern side there’s a fife of mine.Frightened Rabbit(scots)

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists “Bottle of Buckie” is about Glasgow, but mentions Govanhill and the Clyde specifically.

The Proclaimers…Sunshine on Leith

the Skye boat song

Make your way to Stornoway on the road to Orinsay, where my thoughts return each day (altogether!)

Fly me to Dunoon

Fast train to Edinburgh

Flame-Skye by Santana

“Im LEVEN on a jet plane” (ok I know it’s not really that but all my jokes are rubbish!
“there was a wee cooper who lived in Fife”

More needed please – this is a bit of a hard one.

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9 thoughts on “Scottish places mentioned in songs

  1. Robert

    I haven’t had much time to think about it but some obvious titles that spring to mind…

    Niddrie Street Tape Loop Experiment by Chris Connelly
    Loch Leven by Arab Strap
    The Paisley Window Pane by Wendy & Bonny
    Argyle by The Bouncing Souls
    St. Andrews by Bedouin Soundclash

  2. George Hall

    Caledonia’s been everything
    I’ve ever had – Dougie MacLean

    These streets have too many names for me
    I’m used to Glenfield road and spending my time down in Orchy
    Paolo Nutini

  3. giorgia

    The Proclaimers’ “Joyful Kilmarnock Blues”:

    “I’d never been to Ayrshire
    I hitched down one saturday
    sixty miles to Kilmarnock
    to see Hibernian play…”

    and then

    “When I started walking at Wishaw
    my eyes obscured my vision…”


  4. giorgia

    Do you just need Scottish songs and/or songs in English, or songs/music in other languages are fine, too? ‘Cause there are at least three Italian operas I can think of at the moment that mention Scotland or Scottish places:

    – Gaetano Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” (based on Sir Walter’s Scott’s “The bride of Lammermuir”)

    – Donizetti’s “Maria Stuarda” (Mary Stuart of course mentions Scotland at some point of the opera)

    – Federico Ricci’s “La prigione di Edimburgo” (“The prison of Edinburgh” — that’s based on Scott’s “The Heart of Midlothian”)

  5. Warren cooper

    Researching on my bloodline from 1245 I think was symonds coupare…trying to get to the beggining..if anyone can help….


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