5 Things We Love About Scotland
Golden hued and warming, Scottish Whisky is enjoyed worldwide. There are a plethora of distilleries around the country, using the dramatic differences in geography to create a flavour that is unique to each brand. A distillery by the sea may find a hint of salt in their whisky, whilst another will create a delicious peaty flavour due to the soil they are surrounded by. Adding water is recommended, but pouring over ice is a big no-no!
A delicious combination of sheep’s pluck, spices and oatmeal, paired with traditional ‘neeps and tatties’, haggis is famous worldwide as being quintessentially Scottish. We do not know of many foods that have a poem dedicated to them, but certainly haggis does. Famed by Robert Burns “Address to a Haggis”, many people enjoy this meal on Burns night in January, mixed with plenty of reeling and many drams of Whisky! However if you live in America, you have to eat American made haggis as the import of Scottish haggis was banned in 1971!
Wild, woolly and windy, the Scottish highlands are one of the most beautiful landscapes in the UK. With enormous valleys under the shadow of snow capped mountains or glistening lochs holding monstrous secrets, travelling around the highlands is very special. Though word of warning, if you plan to visit the crumbling ruins of Castle Tioram, make sure the tide hasn’t come back in as you may get very wet wellies.
The kilt is regarded as a cultural icon of Scotland, with a variety of patterns and colours that Scots wear to show off their sense of identity and family. However this tradition has not been around for as long as you may think, with the association to clans and tartan being created in Victorian times as a way to express Scottish pride. The history of the tartan may be a bit woolly, but you cannot deny a person in a tartan kilt is one of the best sights to see in Scotland!
Set in the foreboding shadow of Edinburgh Castle, with performers from across the globe, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a unique and spectacular event. "Tattoo" derives from a 17th-century Dutch phrase doe den tap toe ("turn off the tap") a signal to tavern owners each night, played by a regiment's Corps of Drums, to turn off the taps of their ale kegs so that the soldiers would retire to their lodgings at a reasonable hour. Followed by spectacular fireworks, it is an event not to be missed in this beautiful city. We at CinemaLive are proud that we have had the opportunity to put this incredible show on cinema screens across the globe!