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What is Scotland known for?

Tuesday 1 March 2022

Neist Point Lighthouse, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Sometimes, it can be the places closest to home that can offer the most unforgettable adventures. Scotland might not be somewhere you’ve considered for a cruise holiday, but with incredible coastlines, a deep and strong culture and a welcoming nature, there is much to be enjoyed in this northern wonderland.

Traditional food and drink

An essential part of getting under the skin of any culture is to try the local food and drink and Scotland is no different. So, what food is Scotland famous for? Well, most notable is the national dish, haggis, a meat dish made from a sheep’s stomach showcasing the Scots ability to make every part of an animal delicious. If you aren’t sure about haggis, why not try cullen skink? A white haddock soup, it’s perfect to warm the bones on a cold day.

Talking of food, Scottish foodie and blogger at TARTANSPOON Adele told us: “The very picturesque town of Tobermory on the Isle of Mull, will have you snapping a thousand photos, but did you know that Tobermory is also a foodie mecca?

“This Scottish Isle is home to some fantastic food and drink plus they host the most wonderful Weekly Producers Market on a Monday down at the harbour! Not only is it possibly one of the most stunning backdrops in which to wander around a food market, it has fabulous food including world-famous smoked trout from The Tobermory Fish Co, Tobermory Gin (the Gin Distillery tour is worth it if you have the time) and the sublime Isle of Mull cheese, who also have the most delightful and must-visit coffee shop called the Glass Barn. 

“If smoked trout, gin and cheese don't tickle your fancy, Isle of Mull is a treasure trove of delights for food, drink and nature lovers. I guarantee you will find something if not many things to fall in love with.”

It’s not just food you should try here, however. What drink is Scotland famous for you may be asking? For those who enjoy something stronger, you’re in the home of Scotch whisky of course! Taking the time to visit a distillery can be a rewarding experience for a whisky lover and allows you to learn more about the drink whilst trying a dram or two. For non-drinkers, there is one Scottish drink that’s a must – Irn Bru. Known as Scotland’s other national drink, this carbonated drink has a distinctive colour and flavour.

Irn Bru is a must-try according to Peter and Lauren from the Scotland-based food and travel blog OurSoCalledLife: “When visiting Scotland, no trip is complete without trying a nice cold can of Irn Bru! There's a reason that it's the most loved drink in Scotland. It's hard to actually describe the flavour of Irn Bru, which is why we recommend you try it yourself. You can find it in pretty much any supermarket and it's our must-try for an authentic Scottish experience.”

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Incredible inventors

Another thing Scotland has produced in incredible quantity is inventors. Perhaps it’s something in the water but many of the most essential inventions have come out of Scotland. So, what is Scotland famous for inventing? Sir David Brewster was a Scottish scientist and inventor who made great grounds in optics inventing the kaleidoscope and binoculars among many other things. James Watt was an inventor best known for the improvements he made to steam engines. John Boyd Dunlop invented the bicycle tyre. Kirkpatrick Macmillan before him the bicycle itself. Alexander Cumming invented the first flushing toilets. William Cullen invented the first form of artificial refrigeration. One of the most famous Scottish inventions came from John Logie Baird, who invented the first working television. And, probably the most well-known of Scottish inventors, Alexander Graham Bell, is credited with inventing the telephone. So, as you can see, it’s not what Scots did invent, it’s what they didn’t have a hand in creating we should ask!

Colorful sunset over the Scottish Higlands, river Sligachan, Scotland

Amazing landscapes and lochs

Another thing Scotland is known for is its amazing landscapes and lochs. From the Scottish Highlands to the copious number of lochs and the incredible islands to cultural cities, there is no shortage of places to explore. Talking of lochs, there are an estimated 30,000 across the country, however, it’s the tale of the Loch Ness Monster that many know most popularly. Loch Lomond is also popular, as the largest in Scotland.

Aside from the lochs and rugged mountains of the mainland, you can find amazing outdoor adventures on the many islands which make up part of Scotland’s rich tapestry. The Isle of Skye is one of the most popular, and the largest of the Inner Hebrides. For those who want to experience a more remote Scotland, visiting the islands is the perfect way to go.

John Robertson from The Everyday Man tells us about his favourite place, Glencoe: “For me, this little pocket of Scotland offers the most breathtaking views in the whole country. Whether the sun is shining, or the rain is battering down, the beauty of Glencoe is unrivalled. You won’t be disappointed.”

Towering castles and royal history

You cannot think about Scotland without considering its royal history and the amazing castles you’ll find due to it. From Edinburgh Castle, the star of the capital city to other locations such as Stirling Castle, there are plenty of royal forts to enjoy. And whilst you do, try to take in some of the history attached.

From the turbulent tale of Mary Queen of Scots, who was sentenced to death by Queen Elizabeth I after over 18 years confined in England to Robert the Bruce, one of the world’s most famous warriors, there are also historic tales aplenty to learn when in Scotland.

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Whether you choose to travel far and wide or stay a bit closer to home on a British Isles Discovery cruise, there is so much to see around the world. So, why not look at our range of cruises for 2023 and see what you can discover for yourself?

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