Before we get to the greatness that is Scotland, I’d like to thank all of you for your insightful comments in my last post about eating “real” food. I enjoyed reading about your food philosophies – a selection of comments (bold by me):
While I am a huge fan of many processed foods (ahem, peanut butter, canned beans, canned soups, etc) I thank my mom for getting me started young at taking whole and fresh ingredients and cooking with them and using them any recipe. I honestly think it’s lack of cooking skills that prevents so many people from buying fresh foods, and resorting to packaged pre-made foods. It’s tough when you’ve never learned how to even use a stove! (The Candid RD)
I heard [Michael Pollan] speak about two years ago, and I really liked that he was “real” and admitted to not being “perfect.” He also made a real big point about cooking real, healthy, and cheap foods like beans, etc. I think too often people say eating healthy foods is too expensive and too difficult. But it really doesn’t have to be. (Andrea’s Wellness Notes)
I have something more to add in the food philosophy question: eating while relaxed and calm is hugely important to me. I never have lunch in a hurry or standing or at my desk while working if I can avoid it (and I am planning my day in a way that I can), because the time pressure and stress make me not eat well at all. (Christa)
Keep the great comments coming!
On to today’s post: Many moons ago (and by “many”, I mean “three”), my family and I traveled to the west coat of Scotland, including the Outer Hebrides. Why did I wait three months to share my pictures with you, dear reader? I’d like to write that in the midst of various projects of dubious importance and uncertain relevance, I lacked time; but, the truth is … I forgot. Oops.
Let’s look at those pictures!
I didn’t realize that the knee-high leather boots I brought to hike in were so unusual until we were hiking down Ben Nevis (the tallest mountain in the British Isles) and a man who had passed us earlier in the day came up behind us and commented, “There’s the lady with the great boots!“ I thought I looked pretty snazzy myself – or, as my sister D said: “You look like a 1890s mountaineer.”
Yeah, okay, I guess I can see her point.
A few more highlights of western Scotland and the Outer Hebrides:
Gallan Head, Isle of Lewis:
Luskentyre Beach on the Isle of Harris (yes, Scotland has wonderful beaches!):
“Cave” on Uig Beach, Isle of Lewis:
Near the Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye:
On the Isle of Lewis:
Yes, I went inside the abandoned stone house – in retrospect, perhaps that was a poor idea (note the collapsing stone roof – I won’t post pictures from inside the house, because I want to preserve the illusion that I have some common sense (hint: see gallery below for evidence that I do lack sense)):
Callanish Stones on the Isle of Lewis – unlike Stonehenge, you can actually walk up to these (as evidenced below):
A gallery of more Scotland images (Note: The pictures should have captions, but apparently they don’t show up unless you click the “i” icon in the upper right corner of the gallery):
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_8670.jpg]200Area around Fort William.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_8702.jpg]170Around Fort William.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_8723.jpg]200Around Fort William.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_8732.jpg]160Waterfall near Ben Nevis.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_8755.jpg]100View from Ben Nevis.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_8802.jpg]110Waterfall near Ben Nevis.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_8824.jpg]110On Ben Nevis.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_8884.jpg]100On ferry from Ullapool to Stornaway.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_8944.jpg]160Inside Arnol Blackhouse, Isle of Lewis.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9004.jpg]70Gallan Head, Isle of Lewis.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9026.jpg]80Gallan Head, Isle of Lewis.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9040.jpg]40Gallan Head, Isle of Lewis.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9531.jpg]70Gallan Head.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9553.jpg]100Sign on Galan Head.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9556.jpg]60Gallan Head.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9579.jpg]70Gallan Head.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9147.jpg]40Uig Beach, Isle of Lewis.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9155.jpg]30Uig Beach, Isle of Lewis.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9184.jpg]60Rocks on Uig Beach, Isle of Lewis.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9214.jpg]40Dunes on Uig Beach.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9218.jpg]60Near Uig Beach.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9226.jpg]60Cemetary near Uig Beach.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9231.jpg]90Sea urchin shells.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9263.jpg]60On Bernera, near Isle of Lewis.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9279.jpg]40Replication of Iron Age House on Bernera.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9324.jpg]30Heather-covered slopes.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9392.jpg]90Abandoned house.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9404.jpg]100Inside abandoned house. Perhaps I should not have gone inside.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9425.jpg]30Outside abandoned house.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9440.jpg]50Typical fence - animals can't cross, but people can.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9441.jpg]50Detail of typical fence.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9453.jpg]40Callanish standing stones.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9458.jpg]50Callanish standing stone.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9472.jpg]30Callanish standing stones.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9510.jpg]20Lichen-covered rock.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9599.jpg]10Lewis cows.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9613.jpg]10Luskentyre Beach, Isle of Harris.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9662.jpg]10Cuillins, Isle of Skye.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9732.jpg]10Old Man of Storr, Ise of Skye.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9768.jpg]10Hiking Old Man of Storr.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9788.jpg]20Talisker Distillery, Isle of Skye.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9802.jpg]50Eileen Donan, Isle of Skye.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9859.jpg]70Crannog Center, Rannoch Moor - reproduction lathe.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9878.jpg]70Crannog Center, Rannoch Moor - trying to start a fire with friction.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9897.jpg]205000 year old yew tree, Fortingall.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9930.jpg]30Black sheep, Bunrannoch House.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9983.jpg]20Edradour Distillary.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9957.jpg]10Fermenting barley at Edradour Distillary.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9962.jpg]10Copper stills at Edradour Distillary.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9954.jpg]10Storage room at Edradour Distillary.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_0087.jpg]30Edinburgh Castle.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/around-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_0169.jpg]50Edinburgh Castle.
And, a gallery of what I’m sure you’re most interested in: FOOD! I’ve noticed that whenever I travel to a new place, many of my travel plans revolve around trying local foods – what better way to learn about a new locale than to sample its delicacies? For more examples of eating my way through new locales, check out THIH’s Travel Page.
As seen in the album above, I sampled several Scotch whiskies at the Talisker and Edradour distilleries and found that after a dram or two, all whiskies taste pretty much the same. I also had the opportunity to try both black pudding and haggis (black pudding = delicious! haggis = okay). Recently, I acquired some canned haggis (yes, canned) so that I can cook it up over the holidays with some neeps and tatties (that’s rutabaga and potatoes, cooked and mashed separately). Stay tuned for my
disastrous attempt at cooking haggis!
In the meantime, click through the album below for some delicious meals I enjoyed while in Scotland:
Eating Through Scotland
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/eating-through-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_8865.jpg]400Black pudding: oatmeal, spices, and ... blood. No, I'm not kidding.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/eating-through-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9076.jpg]400Museli and milk.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/eating-through-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9079.jpg]360Toast with ginger preserves.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/eating-through-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9089.jpg]390Kippers and fried tomatoes.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/eating-through-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9583.jpg]260The best scrambled eggs and smoked salmon I've ever tasted.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/eating-through-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9816.jpg]220Triangle sandwiches. You can find them everywhere - even in the pharmacy.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/eating-through-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9824.jpg]160Homemade fish pate.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/eating-through-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9829.jpg]180Roasted vegetables.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/eating-through-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_9848.jpg]150Blueberry roulade.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/eating-through-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_0104.jpg]120Typical shop in Edinburgh.
[img src=http://thehappinessinhealth.com/wp-content/flagallery/eating-through-scotland/thumbs/thumbs_img_0105.jpg]200Yes, I ate (almost) this whole thing!
Finally, during our Scotland trip, I had the opportunity to swing down to London and meet a dear friend with whom I’ve corresponded for seven years, but never met in person until this past summer. Hi, Christa!
Take care, gentle reader!
Q: Have you been to Scotland? (I know YOU have LeQuan ;) ) Have you ever tried black pudding or haggis?
Where is your dream place to visit?