What to Wear When You Crash a Scottish Ceilidh

June 05, 2016

What to Wear When You Crash a Scottish Ceilidh

Our Escape the Everyday dress is just darling. I adore dresses, especially the made in USA women's dresses from Gilli. I've gushed about them before on this blog. And our Escape the Everyday dress is no exception. This American-made women's dress is all kinds of lovely. From the flattering a-line silhouette to the pretty boho chic print of the skirt, you'll want to slip this dress on every chance you get, all summer long.

Made in USA Women's Dress in Mixed Media Boho Print


This is the dress I would have wanted to wear that time I accidentally crashed a ceilidh on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. My friend and I had spent the day hiking or trying to hike the Black Cuillins; jagged peaks composed of gabbro, a black volcanic rock that gives the mountains a slightly sinister appearance. A traverse of all of the mountains in the range is only 7 miles, but can take 15 to 20 hours due to the treacherous terrain, lack of trails, and the magnetic rock that messes with compass bearings. 

We hadn't been aiming to do the whole traverse, just one of the "easier" peaks. The hike to the actual summit trail was a beautiful jaunt through rolling fields that overlooked the ocean, while off toward the horizon several of the Hebride Islands seemed to float above the water silent and achingly beautiful. 

As the trail grew steeper, I regretted the Scotch I'd had the night before. (Btw, fingers of single malt Scotch at pubs in Scotland are quite inexpensive compared to the US. So if you're a Scotch aficionado and you happen to visit Scotland, you can Scotch taste your way across the country cheaply.) The green fields fell away, as we climbed over giant boulders strewn across the talus field at the base of the peak. 

We inched our way up to a plateau where the still waters of a tarn reflected the ragged mountain tops that surrounded us. Past the lake, the trail became a faint echo amongst the loose scree and the incline increased from 15% to about 85%. To me, it seemed just short of rock climbing, a scramble up exposed rock with iffy footing. That view was enough to make me say nope. So we ate lunch, and then headed back down the way we came.

I didn't feel defeated, even though a bunch of guys wearing green Wellingtons and smoking cigarettes scrambled effortlessly up the steep peak as we headed back down. Locals no doubt, I thought. For me it was enough to be out and about in such an amazingly beautiful place. 

When we stumbled back to our campsite, my friend headed off to his tent to read and relax, while I walked across the street to the Seamus Bar at the Sligachan Hotel. I'd eaten dinner there the night before while enjoying the quiet, hushed atmosphere and a view of the mountains. So I was hoping for another quiet night with a book, a pint, and a beautiful view.

However, as I opened the door a loud swirl of voices and pulsing music washed over me. The dark interior of the pub was full of people swaying in time to the tunes. The hostess told me that a ceilidh, a social event where there is Scottish folk music, dancing, and storytelling, was underway and that I was welcome to join in. So I squeezed myself into a corner at one of the last free tables.

I was feeling pretty grubby in my travel clothes so I decided not to take part in the dancing, but if I was wearing our Escape the Everyday dress, I would have been out there strutting my stuff with the rest of the dancers.

Since I can't travel back in time, I guess I need to book another trip to Scotland so I can pack this dress. It really is perfect for all of your parties and events, especially if there's dancing. The comfortable fit and the stretchy fabric will move with you, yet retain its flattering silhouette so you'll look great all night long. The pretty patterned skirt adds eye-catching appeal as you swing and sway. Pair it with a pair of neutral-colored sandals and you'll be ready for any ceilidh that you happen to crash. And if all of that isn't enough, this dress also travels really well. It packs up small with minimal wrinkling so you'll always have the perfect party dress even if you're doing a 10-day camping trip in Scotland. 

Made in USA Women's Dress with Boho Print Skirt

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