Get Inspired / Europe / Scotland Savouring Scotland Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Europe / Scotland Savouring Scotland story by: Inspire Magazine Bagpipes and cheddar to tartans and whisky, the land of braveheart will win over your tastebuds and fill your stomach… but still leave you hungry for more. Magic hangs in the air in Scotland, even heavier than the rain it’s famous for. From bagpipe melodies to haunting lochs and the grand castles dotted throughout the countryside, this country is bewitching – and that’s before you’ve even tasted the succulent local seafood sensations! Head to this lush, misty and magnetic wonderland and fall under its spell. Pamper your palate Scotland celebrates 2015 as the Year of Food and Drink, and what a great excuse to indulge (as if you needed one!). To get the best of Scottish fare, look out for certified 'Taste our Best' eateries, as these guarantee a minimum of 40 per cent local Scottish produce. From the freshest fruits and vegetables to juicy cuts of meats, you’ll find delicious nourishment at places like Guy’s Restaurant & Bar in Glasgow and the Tower Restaurant & Terrace in Edinburgh. Here, you’ll know what you’re feasting on is proudly Scottish! For sublime seafood, head to the country’s west coast. Savour fine dining on mussels, oysters, salmon and other marine delights complemented by views of rugged, dramatic and perfectly pristine coastline. Add the finishing touches to your meal by heading across the nation, taking in diverse landscapes from undulating green hills to expansive empty grass moors, in search of the perfect cheese. Local producers of the creamy, melt-in-your-mouth treat are scattered throughout the countryside. Watch, and taste, handmade Anster cheese being made at the St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company in Fife, where you can take in astounding views of beautifully still, calm lochs and quaint countryside, contrasted by sheer cliffs and wild oceans. Bottoms up: it’s time to taste the whisky No country does whisky like Scotland. After all, it’s the country’s national drink and one of its most famous exports. The Speyside area is so famous for its whisky, it’s practically swimming in it, hosting more than half of Scotland’s malt distilleries. Visit the Speyside Cooperage and get a glimpse how this amber beverage is traditionally made before sipping on its strong bite yourself. You can even brew your own mini cask! Any genuine whisky fanatic should see the misty vistas of the Highlands, home to the Strathisla distillery in Keith, Banffshire. This is where the Chivas Regal brand was born and has been in operation since 1786, making it the oldest operating distillery in the region. As you can see, Scotland is home to more than just kilts, haggis and castles. Surrender to the spellbinding countryside and tempting tastes around every corner. Savouring a taste of Scotland? 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