Haggis is the undisputed national dish of Scotland. It is not just popular in its own right but also closely tied to other central parts of Scottish culture. On Burns Night (the annual celebration of our most famous poet, Robert Burns) Scots will, almost without exception, tuck into a ‘Burns Supper’ – a meal of haggis, neeps (turnips) and tatties (potatoes). Burns is so strongly connected to haggis because one of his most famous poems, from where the quote in the title comes, is essentially a love letter to the food, and many Scots are just as passionate about it as Burns.
Most people from outside Scotland are not entirely sure what a haggis actually is. Scots will occasionally attempt to pull a good-natured prank on visitors by trying to convince them that a Haggis is actually...Read more
There is no drink more synonymous with Scotland than whisky. The word is originally from Scottish Gaelic – uisge-beatha which literally means ‘water of life.’ That gives you an idea of how seriously we take this stuff in Scotland.
As you can imagine there are lots of great places to drink whisky in the capital, but it can be a little intimidating to get started due to the massive variety of whiskies in Scotland. Here then is a couple of tips to get you started.
1. Know your regions
Scottish whisky varies dramatically across the country, and with nearly a hundred distinct distilleries you might well find that you love some whiskies and can barely swallow others...Read more
There really isn’t a bad time to visit Edinburgh – the city is gorgeous year round, and there’s always something interesting to do. However, if you are planning a visit in the year ahead, these are five particularly great times to visit Scotland’s capital.
1. Valentine’s Day – 14th February
Edinburgh might not seem as obvious a choice as a city of lovers as say Paris or Rome, but it has some serious romantic pedigree having hosted many famous fictional couples, from Outlander’s Jamie and Claire to One Day’s Emma and Dexter.
The city is filled with great places to go on a romantic stroll from the Old Town to the Botanical Gardens or you could wander up Calton Hill to watch the sunset over the city...Read more