Bergen Scottish Society


Here are some news highlights from the first year of the Society. It all started with an epic quest to get haggis to Bergen for a Burns Supper . . .

Starting up Bergen's first pipe band
Bergen, 18 September 2006
Chris Jones, one of the Society's founder members, announces his intention to start a pipeband in Bergen.

Starter sekkepipeband
Bergens Tidende, 18 September 2005

Introducing Bergen to Scottish culture
Bergen, 18 September 2006
Members organised an afternoon of Scottish music and dancing on Torgallmenning to officially launch the Society. Also on hand were supplies of shortbread, home baking and Irn Bru to tempt the good folk of Bergen.

Skotsk satsing i Bergen
Bergens Tidende, 16 September 2005

My kingdom for a haggis!
Bergen, 1 February 2006
Haggis ordered for a Burns Supper organised by the British Ladies Club in Bergen ended up going astray, despite an epic journey across Europe. Local butcher Solheim Kjøtt stepped in to the breach, with a valiant effort to produce a haggis substitute in time for the Burns Supper.

This was the first large Burns Supper to be held in Bergen for many years, and the success of the event led the organisers to establish the Bergen Scottish Society a few months later.

Read more about the trials and tribulations of getting haggis to Bergen in the following articles:

Innvoller på utflukt
Bergens Tidende, 19 February 2005

Bergen butcher had to try his hand at haggis
Sunday Post, 13 February 2005