Typical Scottish foods use simple and natural ingredients such as vegetables, game, fish, cattle, and sheep, all which are found or produced in the country. Scots appreciate simple but strong tastes and value traditional dishes such as the haggis, stovies, Scottish puddings, and big breakfasts. In addition to its wonderful dishes, Scotland is definitely famous for its Scotch whisky, of which it exports all over the world. Furthermore, other tasty beverages such as beers are produced in Scotland to be enjoyed locally and internationally. The best way to experience the Scottish flavours is to go into a local pub or restaurant and do what the locals do!
The Famous Haggis
Haggis is everywhere and anywhere in Scotland, and if you do not happen to be a vegetarian, it is something very traditional and Scottish to try. This meaty dish is made usually with everything – the liver, heart, and lungs, mixed with onions, oats, spices, and salt. Traditionally haggis would be cooked in a sheep’s stomach, but fortunately, for the faint-hearted, this is not the case in modern commercial haggis. This savoury pudding might sound strange indeed, but it is a tasty and highly valued dish, which if served right might end up being a real culinary experience.
Do not save on the Breakfast
The term “English breakfast” is commonly used and the northern neighbour Scotland knows it well too. The traditional Scottish breakfast will keep you satisfied easily past lunchtime. A full Scottish breakfast often includes eggs, sausages, bacon, beans, black pudding, mushrooms, tomatoes, and toast. This is truly the most complete breakfast yet!
Drink as the Scotch
One simply cannot visit Scotland and not taste their world famous drink, the production of which is regulated by law. The Scots are very proud of their recognised drink, which is produced almost countrywide. Fortunately, many of the whisky distilleries open their doors to the public and offer whisky tours. Whisky tours are a great opportunity to get to know the history and culture around whisky, and of course, to get to taste the famous liquor in unique and traditional surroundings. The less strong of the Scottish drinks beer is best enjoyed in a pub accompanied by loud conversations and salty snacks. The Scottish dining experience does not get much more authentic than that! The Scots are known to like their beer in large quantities, so it is best to be prepared for the hangover breakfast the day after!