He told great stories - yes. He played baseball when he was younger, and was good at it. He bowled when he got older, and he threw that bowling bowl like any former pitcher would do - fast and straight. We took him bowling with us a few times when our kids were young; he would have been in his mid-eighties, and he put us all to shame.
After he retired from mining, he taught himself to play the fiddle. He had quite a repertoire, and was continually adding to it.
And I was his mostly-unwilling accompanying pianist. I was taking piano lessons, but they were classical pieces, not Scottish fiddle music. Therefore he taught me simple chords in several keys.
Grandad would come to visit, a couple of times a month. With his fiddle.
After supper, he'd warm up by playing a few tunes on our piano. Then he'd open up the fiddle case and rosin his bow, and nod for me to join him. He'd play for anywhere from a half an hour to over an hour.
I was fourteen.
I did not want to be at his beck and call when he came to visit.
I never refused to play, but I was a reluctant participant.
How I regret my begrudging behavior at age fourteen. And my foot-dragging at fifteen. My eye-rolling at sixteen; I especially regret that. And my wooden, duty-warped performances at seventeen.
By the time I was eighteen, I was away to university. I may have chorded for him at holidays, but I can't remember.
Anyway, I'd give a whole lot to hear him play again - and this time, I'd play willingly alongside him. And I'd put my heart into it, and smile at him.
Here's one of the tunes I remember.
For the record, I danced with my Grandad, too, something similar to the video - but none of us were in kilts, and we sure weren't in a castle.
Only once, but I did. And I truly enjoyed it.