Duntay wrote: "It was actually a very good Kirriemuir accent, quite impressive."
Being that I am from Kirriemuir, I would have to agree - his accent was pretty close to my own!
Nato wrote: "Hello, I'm new to this group. I'm an American of Scottish descent. Is there a standard Scottish accent?
In the US, I grew up in Michigan and the midwestern accent (mine) was then standard. Th..."
I think Scotland is too small a country to have a standard accent. Also the accents change from region to region, which is madness in such a small place. Where I am from (Angus) we speak one way, but you just need to drive less than half an hour down the road to Dundee and they speak which a completely different accent.
Also, think about the Scots you hear in film and on TV - Dame Maggie Smith sounds completely different to Billy Connelly, who in turn sounds completely different from Sean Connery. There's a lot of variety.
I have to agree that Christopher Lambert's 'Highlander' accent is excruciating, but for me the most laughable attempt at a Scottish accent was on an episode of Sex and the City, when Charlotte got married to Kyle MacLachlan's character. There was a guy on that episode who's accent was shocking.