A wee animal that can only be found on a Scottish highland tour, these wee beasties are designed with there legs on one side longer than the other so they can run round the hillside in the highlands, well that’s according to some custom made tours in Scotland, a poll was done with American visitors and 33% believe a haggis to be a Scottish animal.
When doing a private tour of Scotland it’s a very common question, what is a haggis? But once the jokes are out the way most people are curious to find out what the ingredients of a Higgins is.
With even the most hardy of people not sure about trying this Scottish delicacy when they hear it includes sheep heart, liver and lungs, along with this it’s all mixed in with mixed onion, oatmeal and spices to be cooked in the sheep’s stomach, this not being the case these days as sausage skin is used now.
I don’t know if you have to grow up eating haggis from a youngster to enjoy it, but that does seem the case to me sometimes as most Scots don’t seem to bother with its ingredients.
But it does help the taste if it’s cooked right, I’ve experience a few times when on a bespoke Scottish tour I’ve managed to talk people into trying haggis only for it to be served dry, this only makes it crumble and lose its taste, it has to be served moist for you to fully appreciate the flavour of the haggis.
What you’ll find is haggis has been Scotland’s national dish for hundreds of years, made famous through Rabbie Burns poem ‘address of the haggis’.
What you’ll find on a private tour of Scotland is haggis Neeps and Tatties is popular twice a year, Burns night on the 25th January, and 30th November for St. Andrew’s day, so If you manage to get your exclusive vacation to Scotland booked for later this year, you could try this dish with the locals.
Oh I forgot to translate the headline, Neeps = turnip and Tatties= potatoes, but both need to be mashed, enjoy!!