Hardcore MB Enthusiast
- Aug 19, 2002
- Central Scotland
- '99 S320 W140 ; '93 300SL-24 R129
Rothesay , posh ?Aka ‘doonrawatter’
my parents liveD in Largs, and you could always tell when it was the fair from the Glasgow accents.
of course if you were posh, you went to Rothesay.
It was the famous stop off for all the Clyde steamers , the pier having the largest public toilets , I believe anywhere in Europe, due to the large numbers of men who would get off the boats to relieve themselves .
In the heyday of the Clyde steamers , it was a peculiarity of the Scottish licensing system that the only place you could drink alcohol on a Sunday was on a ship at sea - so the excursions‘ doonrawatter became legendary and the expression “ he’s steamin’. “ became a euphemism for someone who was visibly drunk
Sadly , only PS Waverley remains , but she does have a nice whisky bar in the forward compartment, and it is still a thing for family men to excuse themselves and go downstairs ‘to see the engines’ - not always a euphemism since I’ve spent plenty of time with my son watching them
Rothesay also brings back memories of chips from Zavaronis , although in fairness Largs does still have Nardini’s ( and even a Wetherspoons these days ) .