Beauty, Cuisine, and History in ‘Off-Season’ Scotland

People don’t necessarily think of Scotland as a place to visit in at the end of winter. However, I am going to show and explain to you why I think this country is a great winter escape.

History

Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle

Scotland’s history is one of its biggest draws. It doesn’t change based on the seasonality so you will still experience the mystery and legends during the chilly months. Some would say they’re even more atmospheric! For instance, I spent time in Edinburgh enjoying the castle with fantastic views, and a rare snowfall. I spent time doing a ghost and ghouls tour that takes you back in time to learn about Edinburgh’s body snatching history. You know, just in case you needed an extra chill!

Scotch Society collection of Scottish Whiskeys
Scotch Society collection of Scottish Whiskeys
Haggis with Mash and Tatties (Turnip)
Haggis with Mash and Tatties (Turnip)
Beautiful cheeses and sliced meats
Beautiful cheeses and sliced meats

The Food and Drink

Scotland has plenty to tease your beverage palate, from fantastic scotch whiskey to tasty gin. If you’re brave, try the non-alcoholic Irn-Bru. The Scots drink more of this fizzy, orange treat than any other soft drink, including giants like Coke and Pepsi. Aside from beverages, Scotland’s cuisine has left the unfair stereotypes in the dust and come into its own. From tasty chicoutarie plates with UK cheeses, to various traditional dishes including haggis, smoked salmon, and slowly braised beef cheek, there is plenty on offer to challenge and thrill your taste buds.

Exploring outside Portree on the Isle of Skye
Exploring outside Portree on the Isle of Skye
A Highland Cow
A Highland Cow
Sunset on the Isle of Skye
Sunset on the Isle of Skye

The Outdoors

Pack for Scotland’s unpredictable weather, because you’re going to want to go outside! I spent two nights on the Isle of Skye. This island has become extremely popular in the last few years, and as its reputation continues to grow, it causes some issues for infrastructure. Visiting in the ‘off season’ meant that we could leave our small group tour behind for a bit and enjoy the sights, snapping pictures with not a soul in sight. Just try doing that in the busy summer!
The weather in this country is never guaranteed, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I was there at the end of February with beautiful clear skies. Of course, four days later it snowed! However, even in the summer, you could have sideways rain. The trick in Scotland is to be prepared, and know the sights are worth seeing in any weather.

Visiting a destination in the ‘off season’ is a great way to experience it. You are more likely to mingle with locals in the pub, and get a better price on accommodation. Simply pack for that unpredictable weather, and enjoy all this beautiful country has to offer.

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