If you’re visiting Scotland this January, you may hear locals talking about attending a Burns Supper, and you may be wondering what on earth that means? Read on to find out what a Burns Supper is all about!
Scots is a language closely linked to English but, while it is mostly intelligible to English speakers, it is distinct enough to have whole dictionaries devoted to it. Here are 14 of our favourites scots words.
New Year’s Eve, or Auld Year’s Night, or Hogmanay is one of the biggest celebrations of the year in Edinburgh and the biggest deal for many people. There are events taking place over several days around New Year!
Linlithgow is a lovely Scottish town, about twenty minutes travel from Edinburgh, complete with a loch and the ruins of a royal palace. The town is the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, possibly Scotland’s most famous monarch.
For quite a small town, North Berwick is absolutely packed with history. Most famously, the St Andrew’s Auld Kirk is the site where dozens of Scottish witches supposedly met with the devil himself to try to bring down a curse on the King of Scotland at the time.
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.
Edinburgh pops up fairly often on film as well. Seize the opportunity during your stay to recreate scenes of critically acclaimed and hugely popular films from a wide range of genres.
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, these are five particularly great times to visit Scotland’s capital.
A full Scottish breakfast, as well as bacon, sausages, fried eggs, baked beans, fried tomatoes and mushrooms, and buttered toast, it also includes black pudding, tattie scones and much more!