Thistle Be Funny: 5 Funny Books About Scotland

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Ah, Scotland! The land of kilts, bagpipes, haggis, and humor. Yes! When it comes to laughter, the Scots are as skilled as they are in tossing cabers and playing the bagpipes. This article is all about celebrating the lighter side of Scotland through a collection of uproariously funny books that delve into the quirks, idiosyncrasies, and sheer comedic gold that can only be found in the land of lochs and legends.

From the bustling streets of Edinburgh to the wind-swept Highlands, these books capture the unique Scottish blend of wit, sarcasm, and charm. Whether it’s poking fun at the often incomprehensible dialect or sharing hilarious tales from the local pub, these books offer a side-splitting journey through Scotland.

Perfect for anyone who loves a good laugh or has a soft spot for all things Scottish, these funny books are like a warm, welcoming pub on a cold Highland evening – full of character, laughter, and a wee dram of mischief. So, grab your tartan, pour yourself a glass of the finest Scotch whisky, and prepare to laugh like you’ve never laughed before with these hilarious Scottish reads!


“Trainspotting” is not just a book; it’s a cultural phenomenon. Irvine Welsh’s raw, edgy narrative plunges readers into the lives of a group of heroin addicts living in Edinburgh, painting a picture that’s as darkly humorous as it is disturbing. Welsh’s use of Scottish dialect adds an authentic flavor, making the dialogue crackle with life. It’s a book that doesn’t just tell a story; it grabs you by the scruff and drags you through the underbelly of Scottish life. Perfect for those who appreciate humor that’s as sharp as a broken bottle and just as dangerous.

Whisky Galore

Set during World War II in the Scottish Highlands, “Whisky Galore” is a comedic tale of a shipwreck off a small island, which leads to an unexpected windfall of whisky for the locals. Mackenzie’s novel is a delightful romp filled with eccentric characters, dry wit, and, of course, a celebration of Scotland’s most famous beverage. It’s an ideal read for anyone who enjoys a good laugh alongside a good dram, capturing the spirit of Scottish humor and community spirit.

Don't You Forget About Me: A Novel

Mhairi McFarlane’s “Don’t You Forget About Me” is a charming and witty romantic comedy set in the heart of Scotland. The book combines humor, romance, and a touch of nostalgia, creating a story that’s both funny and heartwarming. McFarlane’s sharp wit and relatable characters make this a perfect read for those who love their romance novels with a side of Scottish sass.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Set in Glasgow, “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” is a touching and often hilarious story about the importance of human connection. Eleanor’s journey from a life of isolation to one of self-discovery is filled with moments of awkward humor and poignant insights. Honeyman skillfully balances the darker elements of Eleanor’s past with a light, comedic touch, making it a great gift for anyone who enjoys a story that can both make you laugh and move you deeply.

No Good Deed

John Niven’s “No Good Deed” is a darkly comic novel that takes a satirical look at the music industry and modern celebrity culture. This isn’t set in Scotland (it’s set against a backdrop of London and Los Angeles) but it does have a Scottish protagonist. The book is a riotous journey filled with sharp humor and biting commentary and Niven’s razor-sharp wit makes this book a perfect choice for those who enjoy their comedy with a side of cynicism and a distinctly Scottish flavor of humor.

Have you visited Scotland yet? Now that you know just how funny the Scots are, it’s definitely time to book a trip here. Besides trying to decipher the indecipherable accent and work up the courage to eat haggis, there are so many things do in Edinburgh as well as Glasgow, the Highlands, and the islands. You won’t regret it!

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