The UK is blessed to have such a variety of different cultures – from Cornwall to Scotland there’s so many traditions that you just can’t possibly know them all. So just in case you’re planning a trip north of the border we’ve got some info to help you speak and eat like the locals while you visit some of Scotland’s best attractions!
Traditional Scottish Food
Without a doubt the most famous Scottish dish, Haggis is made out of the internal organs of a sheep. It is then minced and mixed with beef fat and toasted oatmeal before being stuffed into the lining of the sheep’s stomach and sewn up. You then boil it for hours, and if you’re brave enough, take a bite!
More butter and more sugar than you could wish for, shortbread is a traditional Scottish biscuit. It’s thick, filling and very, very sweet!
More of a little known dish, an Arbroath Smokie is haddock which has been smoked in a wood based smoke.
Made from boiling mutton, beef and marrow-bone, with vegetables added, this is a delicious thick soup which is best served piping hot!
Do you like stew? And soup? Well this might just be the perfect dish for you as it’s a cross between them! It’s made from boiled cabbage, carrots, turnip and potatoes and it’s popular on the Western Isles of Scotland.
Famous Scottish Sayings
Whit’s fur ye’ll no go past ye – Whatever will be, will be
Mony a mickle maks a muckle! -- Saving a small amount of money, leads to having a lot
I’m fair puckled! -- I’m out of breath
Ah dinnae ken – I don’t know
Haste Ye Back! – A farewell meaning ‘return soon’
Speak o’ the Devil! – When you’ve been talking about somebody and they appear
Famous Sights of Scotland
You’re bound to have heard of the Loch Ness Monster, but even if you don’t believe in the conspiracies Loch Ness is a must-visit in the Scottish Highlands. Take in the stunning views and landscapes while you enjoy sailing, walking, or even a spot of fishing. You never know, you might just catch Nessie!
The most popular paid-for attraction in Scotland, Edinburgh Castle is a world famous icon which shouldn’t be left off your list of places to visit. With some parts of the castle dating back to the 12th century, it has history ingrained in its walls.
Britain’s highest mountain is worth a visit just to see it standing in all its glory, even if you don’t plan on making the long trek to the top! The views are something no photograph can replicate, no matter how good the camera is.
This 640 acre park sits next to Holyrood Palace and its highest point is actually an ancient volcano, Arthur’s Seat, which gives you an incredible view of the city of Edinburgh. The site is also one of four hill forts which dates back around 2,000 years.
Take a step on board what was once The Queen’s floating royal residence! It served the Royal Family for over 40 years and travelled more than 1,000,000 miles, but now it sits in Edinburgh waiting for you to visit.
We took a visit to Scotland to find out more about the local area. Watch our 48 hour guide to see what amazing places we came across on our visit.