Scottish Road Signs

The Scots have a terse way with road signs. Never an unnecessary word. Some examples:

Speed limit warning signs about a tenth of a mile apart. Plenty of time to adjust.

Only kind of reference to lorries we’ve seen. Do they ever go straight?
Think this means, ”Don’t try to board the ferry before it arrives.”
Think this is the same as a cattle ”guard”. Often there is a wide gate next to it marked for riders and horse-drawn wagons, etc.
Not sure what this means, but we were VERY careful for a long time.
Marilyn read one of these aloud and Bob said, ”More like, driving fearfully”.
Apparently, in the Highlands, place-name signs must be in Gaelic and English. Sometimes difficult and rather distracting with the length of some of the names.
Narrowing road, obviously, but the part about middle of the road is distressing.

Having now driven in Scotland for a week or so we think we understand why it is said that all Scots drive in the middle of the road. It is one (or more) of three reasons: the road is single track (of which there are an amazing number); the road finish is so bad that one must drive in the middle for any smooth road; and/or the Scots just like to drive in the middle of the road.

The single track roads are so numerous that one quickly learns the rules. Passing places are well marked and frequent, so if you meet someone there is usually a place near one or the other of you to pull over, creating a wide spot. You put on your signal to indicate you are pulling over or you blink your lights to tell them to come on. Then, you kindly wave at each other and go on your merry way. Of course, there is so little traffic in Scotland that this may only happen a few times over several miles. Meeting city buses or large lorries can be a little frightening, however.

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