The House of Scotland provided a fine “tip o’ the tam” to celebrate Scottish culture for hundreds of people in Balboa Park last weekend. The skirl of the bagpipes accompanied kilted folks flocking to the festivities. Grilled bangers, shortbread, cookies and tea satisfied guests’ food cravings, while The Westlin Weavers and Highland Way provided authentic traditional and modern Scottish music. Culture and history were represented at educational booths sponsored by the San Diego Scottish Highland Games, the Robert Burns Club, various clans, and the Black Watch Regiment. To enjoy a dram of Scotland’s most well-known export, I traveled about 15 miles north to The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla. Chris, the valet greeter, sporting a McKenzie tartan kilt, whisked the car away while I headed for the single malt whisky selection. On this cool, overcast afternoon, a Cragganmore did the trick. I enjoyed its warm, smoothing flavors as I explored the grounds. Hearty souls were bracing the Pacific breezes on the championship golf course separating the Craftsman-style luxury resort from the craggy cliffs above Torrey Pines State Beach. All in all, what a grand way to celebrate Tartan Day.