North American dude; what does it mean when a Scottish guy asks them out for a drink with all his friends and so on and so forth.
Nevertheless, I thought I should try and attempt to offer up my advice once and for all - albeit, at the risk of repeating myself. Please note, however, that I am approaching the dangerous and controversial territory of dating in Scotland, from a North American perspective, and you may run the risk of being misinterpreted as " too forth right ".
Firstly, I won't question why it is a Scottish man in particular that you want to date because hey, I get it: I saw Gerard Butler walking down Byres Road a couple weekends ago with this current-model girlfriend, and although my heart was a flutter at the idea of Gerard Butler, in reality it was a bit of a let down as he looked pretty hung-over].
The same cannot be said about Scottish men, I'm afraid. Which brings me to my first point: Scottish People Speak in Code: This takes some getting used to. For example, it's not really polite to directly ask someone what they do for a living. Sure, that is the second thing we ask each other in North America, right after "What's your name? So instead, you need to find these sort of details out in a roundabout way.
You will need to carry out a careful conversation and only when it is hinted at, may you ask someone what they do or openly try to guess. Sure, you may be used to being directly asked this by a dude in Canada but over here?
Without uttering any words, the server will know who is to be served next, just by making eye contact with thirsty patrons at the bar. If the server incorrectly eyes someone who is not next in line for a pint, they will usually shake their head and point at who should be next - if they're a decent human, anyway.
What can I say, they like rigid social codes over here. Eventually all will become clear hopefully. The thing to remember about guys - Canadian, American, Scottish or otherwise - is that they tend to show you how they feel.
Sure, they may not literally tell you but on the other hand, if they're making an effort to see or arrange to see you: Which brings me to my second point: Scottish guys - on the surface- have limited emotions.
Look, I don't make the rules, just the observations, ok? But in my experience, there seems to be a more old-fashioned approach to how men are perceived and portrayed in the UK than in Canada. In Glasgow, at least, people talk about the "hardness"of the cities inhabitants; it's not called a Glasgow Kiss for nothing and Glaswegian men are allowed to show limited emotions: Now, obviously this is a sweeping generalisation and not true of all Scottish men.
Indeed, I would say that it's rapidly changing for the better. However, I still think there is some hang over from the "olden times" when it was generally encouraged for men to be the "strong and stoic" type. Clearly I don't approve of such encouragement because I think it's important to remember that men are a lot more complicated and dare I say it, delicate than we let them be.
Look, we'll probably never even come close to what our Scottish cousins can partake in, booze wise, but you might as well start trying: Sadly, this is where a lot of the action is. In Canada, we usually go to other people's houses to get shit-faced but over here, people go to a pub in order to pay twice as much to shout over loud music.
Whereas we Canadians are a lot more utilitarian when it comes to words, the Scots are playful and cheeky. If you want to date a Scottish dude, be prepared for some verbal jousting; these people can talk rings around us.
Scottish people don't really date: I said it before and let me elaborate more: Scottish people don't have the dating culture that we do in North America; they don't even like to say the word, "date". Scottish people wouldn't think too much about sleeping with a near stranger they met in a club, but asking for their number and to take them out for a meal?
This isn't a judgement on a nation - just a mere lifeline for confused North American ladies. Get used to having the "piss" taken out of you: Don't be offended rather, chin up, doll, this means he likes you!