With a history stretching back as far as the 11th century, Scottish whisky – also known as Scotch – is an important part of the identity in Scotland, with many places, over 100 to be precise, offering distillery tours and trails. It is often called the ‘National Drink Of Scotland’ and is also the regions biggest export.
Loch Ness is a large, deep, freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands extending for approximately 37 kilometres southwest of Inverness, and it’s surface is 16 metres above sea level! It is home to the infamous, whimsical Loch Ness Monster. ‘Nessie’, as the locals call it, makes it impossible for people to swim the loch, however its recommended to keep out of the water as it’s only around 5degrees!
Did you know, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, established in 1947 is the largest arts festival in the world? The vibrant event spans over three weeks in Edinburgh in the month of August, and features local and global acts alike, and in 2018, more than 55,000 performances of 3,548 shows took place.
Scotland’s national dish is haggis, a savoury iconic meat pudding, and is traditionally accompanied by mashed potatoes, turnips (known as ‘neeps’) and a whisky sauce. Fun fact, Haggis is actually banned in the USA for the way it was traditionally sourced – an unpopular method, but loved by the locals.
You can’t have a trip to Scotland without hearing the faint piping of a Bagpipe, which were originally used to spur the troops on to victory, and celebrate many great battles. But, did you know, after the great uprising of 1745, playing of the pipes were actually banned in Scotland. This however was never lawfully enforced, and although native to Scotland, the British military use the pipes for widespread recognition!