Monday, November 2, 2009

James talks about Scotland's overlooked legends and raiding the larder

Everyone can come up with an Icon of Scotland when asked, whether it is Edinburgh it’s ancient Capital or St Andrews, the home of Golf or indeed Whisky or “Uisge Beatha” to give it its ancient name, the Water of Life.

Scotland however has so much more to offer, it has the deep history of its people and their proud achievements as Engineers, Artists, Missionaries and Sporting heroes to be explored and enjoyed. There are also many beautiful destinations in Scotland which quite often get overlooked by visitors.

For example the Angus Glens & Southern Scotland’s rolling hills or the truly breathtaking Inner Hebrides. Scotland is also a haven for the active visitor, with Walking, Cycling & Watersports centres, it’s a very different way to take in the beauty of this great country.

Like any other country it has its myths and legends, none more so than the Loch Ness Monster, which has beguiled many visitors and citizens to seek out the legend on a visit to Scotland. But also William Wallace & Robert the Bruce it’s great heroes, or Robert Burns who left us many songs, poems and traditions from Haggis Neeps and Tatties to Auld Langs Syne.

Scotland’s larder is also one of it’s major contributions to the enjoyment of its visitors, renowned the world over for its fresh seafood, unique cheeses, organic fruits and vegetables and of course the Haggis, Stornoway Black Pudding & the Arbroath Smokie.

This world beating produce is put to great use by award winning Scottish chef’s the world over, such as Gordon Ramsey, Tom Kitchin or Nick Nairn.

So even if you knew about Golf, Whisky & the Loch Ness Monster, there’s actually much more that you never realised you knew about Scotland, why not plan your trip now.

James is Tripbod for Glasgow and the Highlands.

See his profile and start planning your perfect trip to Scotland.

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