EAT, DRINK, EXPLORE: EDINBURGH
The first known written recipe for haggis dates back to 1390, when the national dish of Scotland was a necessary part of the local diet. During this period's political turbulence and unrest, using as much of a slain animal as possible became essential. And so, haggis was created. As a nod to the country's turbulent past, today's haggis honors its roots. This iconic dish consists of sheep's "pluck" (liver, lungs, and heart) minced with oatmeal, onion, suet, herbs, and spices boiled together in the sheep's stomach for several hours. Don't let this gruesome image spoil your appetite; haggis represents the very best of Scottish food and is surprisingly tasty (think crumbly sausage and notes of pepper). You can find this earthy and hearty meal at any local pub for the ultimate Scottish experience!
Whisky has been distilled in Scotland for hundreds of years, so it should come as no surprise that this amber-hued liquid is declared the country's official national drink. Home to 140+ malt and grain distilleries spread across five "whisky regions" around the country, it's not challenging to find a place or two to participate in a whisky tour while exploring Scotland. Whisky is made from only three ingredients (barley, yeast, and water), but what makes it particularly special is how long it's aged. Before enjoying, a barrel should age for at least three years (while some sit for 12+ years!). There are countless pubs and whisky bars throughout Scotland that serve this iconic beverage!
Dominating Edinburgh's stunning skyline, Edinburgh Castle is one of Western Europe's most impressive historic landmarks and well worth a visit. Standing proudly on Castle Rock, Edinburgh Castle dates back 900+ years when the fortification was originally built during the Middle Ages. Ever since, Edinburgh Castle has changed hands time and time again, but has always been used as a historical fortress and palace. Today, the castle is home to the oldest crown jewels in Britain, The Honours of Scotland. There are many exciting tales to be told while visiting the castle, and know that with every step you take up Castle Rock, you'll walk in the footsteps of kings, queens, soldiers, and even the odd pirate or two!
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