Curling was started in Scotland in the 1500′s and was originally played on frozen lochs and ponds. The first rules were also drawn up in Scotland, and they were formally adopted as the “Rules in Curling” by the Grand Caledonian Curling Club which was formed in Edinburgh in 1838. Today the stones used in curling are still made from the granite of a tiny island in Scotland called Ailsa Craig. So, the country that gave us penicillin, postcards and flushing toilets can also be thanked for starting this unique sport!
You can celebrate “all things Scottish” at Gallabrae- a southern celebration of Scottish heritage- in Greenville from May 23-25. You will not see any curling, but there will be plenty of bagpipes, border collies, dancing and throwing heavy objects. Visit their website for more information.