Great Scot! Fabulous Sights to See in the Northern Highlands of Scotland

Great Scot! Fabulous Sights to See in the Northern Highlands of Scotland

When you’re in the Northern Highlands of Scotland, you have a plethora of fabulous sights to behold. Let’s take a look at a few of them!

Loch Ness

No doubt, this loch is one of the more famous places in Scotland. This is probably because of the supposed Loch Ness Monster. Regardless of whether or not Nessie is actually real, there is much to see in the second largest loch in Scotland.

You can take in the view or take part in the fishing. Loch Ness has several fish that’s local to it like the Three-spined Stickleback and the Eurasian Minnow. If you’re visiting Loch Ness, you may also want to visit…

Urquhart Castle

This ancient castle (or what remains of it) sits right beside the Loch Ness. It was an early medieval fortification of some sort. Scholars date the ruins to about the 13th century. If you stand there, you’ll be standing at the site of a fortification that played a major role in the Wars of Scottish Independence in the 14th century.

If the local lore is to be believed, the castle was partially destroyed in 1692. It was to keep it from falling into the hands of Jacobite forces. Since then, it has fallen into disrepair.

Dunrobin Castle

This castle was home to one of the oldest families of Scotland. The grand estate is the family seat of the Earl of Sutherland. The present building and the surrounding gardens were added by a Sir Charles Barry in around 1850.

Presently, Dunrobin Castle is open to the public after being used as a boarding school. You can choose to go through the museum on the grounds. It is to be noted that the castle is open to visitors between the months of April and October.

Highland Wildlife Park

Run by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, guests can enjoy Scottish wildlife. This venue has a variety of attractions that focus on the history of wildlife that’s local to the area. Visitors can even drive around the Main Reserve in their vehicles.

These places and more are some of what the Scottish Highlands have to offer.

Tickle Your Taste Buds! Three Things You Must Eat While in Scotland

Tickle Your Taste Buds! Three Things You Must Eat While in Scotland

Whenever you travel, other than the sights, it is usually the food you’re after as well. It’s great that then that Scotland is a place rich in delightful treats and unique recipes. Today, we take a look at the three things you simply must eat while you’re in Scotland.

Haggis

You’ve probably heard of this traditional Scottish meal. It’s a sort of pudding that contains different part of a sheep. Specifically: the heart, liver, and lungs. It is usually minced with onion, oatmeal, spices, and then placed within a sheep’s stomach sac. If the concept of the sheep’s sac turns you off, don’t worry. There are now artificial casings that are used. Traditionally, it is served with another Scottish staple: Neeps and Tatties.

It’s actually illegal to import into the USA. So if you ever find yourself in Scotland, be sure to taste it!

Cullen Skink

Scotland is best known for their chilly weather. When it’s gets cold, a usual item in the menu that people turn to would be hot soup! One of their traditional soups is called the Cullen Skink.

It is a thick soup which comprises of smoked haddock and a mix of veggies. It’s so good that it is usually what you come to expect as the appetizer at formal Scottish dinners. It continues to enjoy popularity in everyday homes all across northeast Scotland. There are a lot of variations of this soup available. The most popular one adds cream or milk instead of water. Bread goes well with this traditional soup.

Scotch Pie

Also commonly referred to as ‘mutton pie’, this traditional Scottish fare is a small pie. It is traditionally made with a double-crust and filled with minced mutton or other variety of meat.

What makes it so delish is the fact that it is often spiced with a variety of pepper and spices. The meat and the mix of spices are made to simmer inside the pastry shell. While the traditional variation of this pie contains an all meat fix, there are other additions to modern variations.

These are only a few of what any traveler can taste in Scotland. Don’t take our word for it, if you don’t want to. However, if you don’t sample any of these traditional fares, you’re certainly missing out!

Breathe in the Culture! Upcoming Scottish Festivals of 2017

Breathe in the Culture! Upcoming Scottish Festivals of 2017

Scottish tradition is proud and longstanding. If you’re in Scotland, it would be a crime not to visit the festivals that they have. Today, we discuss some of the upcoming festivals for 2017.

Crieff Highland Gathering

If there was anything that Scotland was known for, it was festivals that showcased feats of strength. The first ever Creiff Highland Gathering was in 1870. It has occurred every year save for the odd years between 1914-18 and 1939-49. The life of actor Ewan McGregor was made more colorful because of this gathering. This year, the festival will be held on August 20, Sunday.

Not only are there competitions and performances, there are also attractions. This festival boasts of great music! The Glenturrent Music Tent promises a plethora of musical talent from local, national, and international artists. If you’re looking for food, the local businesses from Crieff and Strathern will be en masse! They’ll be bringing their goodies so you better bring your appetite!

The Braeman Gathering

This is an annual event that is held on the first Saturday of September. Normally held in The Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park, it has quite a bit of history to it. It started in 1832 and has continued on the proud tradition to this day. Mostly a feat of strength, this gathering places emphasis on physical excellence.

With events like tug-o-war, track, and hill races, it shall certainly delight those who appreciate physical exertion. There will also be competitions for the musical branch of excellence. There will be pipe bands so if you’ve ever wanted to see what the great and majestic appeal of bagpipes are, here’s your opportunity.

Pitlochry Highland Games

To be held on the 9th of September this year, this festival celebrates its deep history. Starting in 1852, it has always seen the likes of Highland dancing and heavy events. The local schools in the area have their student have their own events. This fosters a deep relationship with the community that surrounds it.

As you can see, Scotland has a lot more than just its majestic views. Plan your vacation around a festival and get to see what truly makes Scotland remarkable: its people.