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When in Scotland eat…

Post written by Kate Robinson.
Despite the cold weather and somewhat isolated location, tourists love to visit Scotland. You might think that London draws in all the tourists who visit the UK…..but the Scottish capital is just as popular and the region has other attractions such as the Highlands. If you are lucky enough to have airline tickets to Scotland and are planning your holidays, here are some of the most traditional dishes you should try.

1. Haggis

Haggis is the most renowned dish in Scotland and it is made of sheep’s heart, liver and lungs minced with onion, oatmeal and other ingredients. They are cooked inside the stomach of the animal for a couple of hours and this is eaten on Scottish National Day.

2. Scotch broth

This is a soup which consists of barley, stewing lamb or mutton, carrots, turnips, cabbage and leeks. This is often served as a starter in restaurants and is the perfect dish to warm you up on a cold Scottish day….which is most days.

3. Scotch pie

This is a pie which is filled with minced mutton and it is sometimes referred to as a mince pie.

4. Scotch egg

Scotch eggs are a popular snack in Scotland and are sometimes served with salads. They are made from hard boiled eggs which are wrapped in sausage meat and then coated in breadcrumbs and fried.

5. Cabbie claw

This dish originates from the north-east of Scotland and Orkney and it is made of haddock, cod or whiting.

Remember that if you have just decided to go on your next holiday to Scotland or perhaps you already have the flights book, these are some of the dishes you should consider sampling.


Touring the Wild Atlantic Coast in Northern Ireland: 3 Things to See in Any Weather

The Irish Causeway runs a snaky 120 miles (192 Kilometres) along the northern coast of Ireland, from Belfast to Londonderry. This isn’t a trip where the goal is to get anywhere, in fact, the route loops and reconnects with itself often enough that you could drive it several times and have a different experience each time. When you travel to Ireland there is no need to check the weather in your computer. It will definitely rain! It’s just a matter of when.
I use an iPad app called the Met Office – it tracks the weather and shows the local radar situation. That way, I can see where everything seems to be moving. In Ireland, playing weatherman is a bit of a minor sport. For the Causeway tour, I’d still go if it were a bit blustery, even if there were spotty rain and here are three places I would never miss:

1. The Giant’s Causeway
The legend of a giant building a walkway to Scotland rings true when you see all the blocks laid out in neat hexagons extending into the surf. A windbreaker and scarf is a good idea here because you are moving along the coast westward toward the Atlantic. You can still climb over and along the basalt blocks, and the adventurous can get close enough to the water for authentic Irish salt-spray to dampen their hair. To be honest, the Giant’s Causeway is best seen when there’s some gloom in the air and a chill breeze off the Atlantic. For one thing, gloom cuts down on other tourists, but more importantly, it gives the basalt columns an other-worldly, fantasy feeling that adds to the surrealness of it all. When they dry out, the hexagons go lighter gray. The mist and spray from a troubled ocean gives them the dark, brooding look of an angrier stone.

Giants Causeway
Giants Causeway

2. The Glens of Antrim
Castle Glens Antrim
Castle Glens Antrim
The Glens of Antrim, known in Ireland as the Glens, are 9 valleys and National Parks that open to the sea. The first highlight is quite near Belfast, Carrickfergus Castle on shore of Belfast Lough. Shortly afterward there’s a choice, loop upwards to Islandmagee or cut off the loop and continue to Carnfunnock Country Park. This is a great place to stretch and wander the gardens. It’s also a good place to get up close to the coast for some pictures. Then it is back in the car and up to Glenariff Forest Park where you have your lunch – and the sea somehow makes the simplest fare taste wonderful. Glenariff is where you’ll find the Waterfall Walkway, a three mile walk through to the coast where you can see some of Ireland’s most beautiful scenery.

3. Ballycastle And Bushmills
Northern Ireland Atlantic Coast
Northern Ireland Atlantic Coast
I can recommend Ballycastle as a good place to stop for an hour or so of rest. Ballycastle has a beach and a path – The Gray Man’s Path – that wanders along the coast and there are a few nice pubs to choose from. The Central is considered one of the best for seafood in the whole area.
Dinner should be in Bushmills where you will see one of the most famous Irish distilleries. The village used to have a mill and the houses have kept the old look – huge beams and antiques everywhere you turn. This is a place worth the drive in any weather. Live singing adds to your meal, and if you order the traditional Irish stew it is thick enough to stand your spoon upright in!
About Alex: Alex makes a living at businessopportunitiesexpo.com, a site that helps people connect and find new business ideas. He also sponsors his travel adventures from his blog where he offers Norton antivirus coupons. You will find him travelling in Ireland in any weather.