A visit inside the House of Scotland’s cottage.

People visit the House of Scotland's cottage in Balboa Park.
People visit the House of Scotland’s picturesque cottage in Balboa Park.

When I walk in Balboa Park, I usually pass through the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages. Inside these quaint cottages, the cultures of diverse nations are proudly on display, and world history comes to life. There is much for visitors to learn and discover.

At the International Cottages, “Houses” representing different nations all coexist peacefully. If only the world could be that way.

Recently I poked my nose into the cottage operated by the House of Scotland. Scottish culture and history have always fascinated me.

I took a few photos…

A plaque by the cottage's flagpole reads: In Memory of L/CPL Kenneth J. Haywood U.S.M.C. 1943 - 1965 Member of The House of Scotland House of Pacific Relations
A plaque by the cottage’s flagpole reads: In Memory of L/CPL Kenneth J. Haywood U.S.M.C. 1943 – 1965 Member of The House of Scotland House of Pacific Relations.
Inside the House of Scotland cottage there are fascinating photographs, artifacts and cultural displays.
Inside the House of Scotland’s small cottage there are fascinating photographs, artifacts and cultural displays.
A doll wearing a Scottish kilt, and a certificate that commemorates the 2010 San Diego Scottish Highland Games and Gathering of the Clans. The annual event takes place in Vista.
A doll wearing a Scottish kilt, and a certificate that commemorates the 2010 San Diego Scottish Highland Games and Gathering of the Clans. The annual event takes place in Brengle Terrace Park in Vista.
Bagpipes and a badge worn by a drummer of the House of Scotland Junior Pipe Band.
Bagpipes and a badge worn by a drummer of the House of Scotland Junior Pipe Band. The House of Scotland Pipe Band is well known in San Diego and performs many rousing concerts.
Diagram shows the costume of the widely recognized Dewar’s Scotch Highlander, including bonnet, gold sash, kilt, plaid, drum major’s baton and sword.
Diagram shows the costume of the widely recognized Dewar’s Scotch Highlander, including bonnet, gold sash, kilt, plaid, drum major’s baton and sword.
All sorts of interesting items on display in the cottage provide a small taste of Scotland in San Diego.
All sorts of interesting items on display inside the cottage provide a small taste of Scotland.
Many famous verses by the national poet of Scotland Robert Burns.
Famous verses by the national poet of Scotland Robert Burns.
An article describes tossing the caber at Highland Games. The origins of this unusual event is unknown. A heavy pole is flipped, with the aim that it lands straight.
An article describes tossing the caber at Highland Games. The exact origin of this unusual event is uncertain. A heavy pole is flipped, with the aim that it lands straight.
The coat of arms of two different clans. Scotland comes to life inside one of the International Cottages in Balboa Park.
The coat of arms of two different clans. Scotland comes to life inside one of the International Cottages in Balboa Park.

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A fun peek at the Tartan Day San Diego festival.

Gentleman at Tartan Day San Diego gets help putting on his kilt. The festival took place in Balboa Park on the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages lawn.
Gentleman at Tartan Day San Diego gets help putting on his kilt. The festival took place in Balboa Park on the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages lawn.

Yesterday morning I walked through Balboa Park before heading to the San Diego Padres FanFest downtown. At the International Cottages, folks were preparing for Tartan Day San Diego, an annual festival and celebration of Scottish heritage.

In addition to displays within the House of Scotland, many tables were being set up in the large lawn area for afternoon visitors to enjoy. I took a few photos that provide a fun peek!

Welcoming banner above one tent proclaims Scottish Clan and Tartan Information Center. The Stewart Society, Edinburgh.
Welcoming banner above one tent proclaims Scottish Clan and Tartan Information Center. The Stewart Society, Edinburgh.
The standard of Clan MacDuff, with their crest and motto Deus Juvat.
The standard of Clan MacDuff, with their lion crest and motto Deus Juvat.
The standard of Clan Grant, with their crest and motto Stand Fast.
The standard of Clan Grant, with their flaming crest and motto Stand Fast.
This smiling Scot informed me the clans buried the hatchet long ago. Everyone is on a friendly basis now!
This smiling Scot informed me the clans buried the hatchet long ago. Everyone is on a friendly basis now!
A variety of colorful woolen tartans on display. Each pattern represents a different clan.
A variety of colorful woolen tartans on display. Each pattern represents a different clan.
One table for Tartan Day is dedicated to Scotland's great national poet Robert Burns.
One table for Tartan Day is dedicated to Scotland’s great national poet Robert Burns.
Lots of Scottish gifts on one table include plush bears with tam o' shanters and dolls wearing Scottish dress.
Lots of Scottish gifts on one table include plush bears with tam o’ shanters and dolls wearing Scottish dress.
Two Scottish gentlemen in kilts pass the time at Balboa Park's International Cottages before the Tartan Day festivities begin in earnest.
Two Scottish gentlemen in kilts pass the time at Balboa Park’s International Cottages before the Tartan Day festivities begin in earnest.

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