Scotland isn’t only famous for its Highland Games, history and beautiful landscapes, but is also known for some of the finest fresh produce highly regarded worldwide. The traditional Scottish food menu is typically composed of meat, game, dairy products, fish, fruit and vegetables that are all supplied from Scotland’s bountiful land.
To give you a taste, we compiled the top 5 local food and drinks you should definitely try when in Scotland:
Known as Scotland’s iconic national dish, haggis is composed of sheep’s pluck (liver, lungs, and heart) minced with suet (fat), onion, oats and spices and encased in sausage casing (can be artificial nowadays but from sheep stomach originally) for cooking. This may not sound too delectable but it is so delicious that Scotland’s beloved poet Robert Burns even made a poem about it!
Full Scottish Breakfast
A full Scottish breakfast is similar to a full English breakfast but includes bacon, egg, sausage, beans, black pudding, tattie scone, tomato, mushrooms and toast accompanied with a pot of tea or coffee and orange juice. Oh, and don’t be fooled by the word ‘breakfast’. This hearty dish is served all day long in most places in Scotland.
There are five whisky regions in Scotland and each one of them has their own distinct flavours. Don’t think you like whisky? Maybe you just haven’t found the right one yet.
Neeps and Tatties
‘Neeps’ are turnips and ‘tatties’ are potatoes and they are typically served with haggis but are also featured in many Scottish dishes. These two go together just like peas and carrots.
Pronounced as ‘iron brew’, Irn Bru is a bright orange fizzy soft drink of an acquired taste and is known as Scotland’s other national drink.
The Sruighlea Festival is the best time for you to try out Scotland’s food and drinks. Stirling’s Foodie Festival will showcase the nation’s award-winning food and drink producers and there will be street food caterers on site serving some quality mouth-watering recipes. Don’t pass up this opportunity so buy your tickets now!