So today is a wee bit important…Scotland is voting for independence!
We have no business meddling in Scotland’s political business and this is not a politically charged blog (we’ll leave that to middle class dinner parties with jars of olives) but we thought we would list some of our favourite things about Scotland, especially seeing as Peony was there just last week.
Edinburgh is magical, and a Harry Potter fan’s dream; not only did Ms Rowling write the HP chronicles while in Edinburgh, but you can also find street names (Potterrow) and gravestones (Tom Riddle!) which help to bring the books alive a little more. Also, Edinburgh Castle sits atop a cliff (formed by a volcano many moons ago) and, well, we’ve all seen Hogwarts haven’t we?
Not interested in Harry Potter? Gothic architecture, ancient underground vaults and ghostly graveyard tours will definitely give you goosebumps!
Scotland was the home of so many famous writers that Edinburgh and Glasgow offer Literary Tours. You can roam in the footsteps of the likes of Robert Louis Stevenson (Jekyll and Hyde), Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes) and many more.
The spoken word is also a wonder in Scotland! There are so many quirky and interesting ways of delivering even the most mundane of sentences and, paired with a ‘wee’ Scottish accent, it all sounds ‘pure, dead brilliant’. ‘A dinna ken’ how anyone could resist it!
DEEP FRIED MARS BARS AND OTHER TASTY TREATS
These Mars Bar thingies deserve a category all of their own and they are definitely a part of the Scottish cuisine that everyone should try. Yes, yes, it’s unhealthy… but nobody’s suggesting you have to eat one every day! Traditionally found in any local Chip shop, these go great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!
On a side note, if you order Fish and Chips in Scotland, you will almost definitely be asked ‘Salt n Sauce’? This usually means a mixture of vinegar and brown sauce (another Scottish tradition) and often it is a question of either or, even though they use the word ‘and’. Apparently it also has rather rude connotations but we will leave that up to the imagination.
As for the other sweet and cakey options in Scotland? Go to Mimi’s Bakehouse and try any one of their weird and wonderful creations.
Here are some recommended things to do in Bonnie Scotland!
Harry Potter Tour: http://pottertrail.com/
Ghost Tours: http://www.auldreekietours.com/
Edinburgh Dungeons: http://www.thedungeons.com/edinburgh/en/
Boat Tour: http://www.forthtours.com/
Mimi’s Bakehouse: http://mimisbakehouse.com/
Here is a pic of some snoozing Scottish seals! xxx
S & P x