One of the reasons why we all love to travel is not only for the stunning destination, but to immerse yourself even further by living like a local and trying different types of food. Next time you visit Scotland, make sure you treat your taste buds to something special with these six Scottish specialties you must try!
Ah, haggis! Scotland’s most iconic national dish; some of you will love it and some won’t, but definitely don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. Best described as a savoury pudding containing sheep’s pluck; minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt; and mixed with stock. Although its description is not immediately appetising, think of it more as a spiced meatloaf cooked to perfection. You may have just found another favourite dish!
There are many restaurants that sell haggis but the best place to give this a go is Arcade Haggis & Whisky House in Edinburgh. This is the only haggis and whisky pub in Edinburgh with over 100 whiskies and the best haggis in town.
Fish and chips, or “fish supper” as the Scots call it, is a deep-fried culinary classic. Haddock is the most common type of fish used and the crispy chips are the supper. Make sure to find the best “chippy” shop in town and ask for a “haddock supper”, then park up with a view for a memorable meal.
Also known as Blood Pudding, this dish is another tradition quite similar to haggis, often referred to as a “super food” due to the amount of iron in it. Generally, black pudding is eaten for breakfast as part of a bigger meal as it is quite filling. You might also see it as a delicious accompaniment to fish dishes during your time in Scotland.
Deep-Fried Mars Bar
Looking for a sweet treat while exploring the streets of Scotland? Look no further than a local “chippy” shop to satisfy your cravings. The Scots have taken an ordinary Mars bar and – you guessed it – deep fried it in a light batter. The gooey goodness is hard to hide after you take that first bite…a bit like a creamy soft serve ice cream on a hot day you are bound to have it everywhere without even trying!
If you are a little unsure but have a sweet tooth and really want to see what all the fuss is about no worries, you can ask for a half portion which should hit the spot. Don’t like Mars Bars? No problem! Choose your sweet of choice and they can batter that for you, too.
There is no introduction needed for the buttery goodness of a shortbread biscuit. Derived from a medieval “biscuit bread” the leavening was slowly replaced by butter, making it a fancy treat that was enjoyed at special occasions such as Christmas. Shortbread is now enjoyed all over the world and can be easily made to enjoy in the comfort of your own home.
A Scottish tablet is very similar to fudge but with a different texture. Made from sugar, condensed milk, and butter, it is boiled down to a soft ball and allowed to crystallise. It is often flavoured with vanilla or whisky, and sometimes has nut pieces in it. Channel your inner sweet tooth and try this Scottish treat for yourself!