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My husband and I (married 25 years) would like to have a honeymoon in Scotland before we die. I see there are lots of restaurants in the cities and supermarkets and stuff, but is there any kind of vegetarian guide written specifically for Scotland, or can somebody suggest local magazines like Veggie Life in the US? Is it harder being veg in Scotland than in England? If anybody is a veg in an out-of-the-way place like the Hebrides or Orkneys (!) we'd especially like to hear from you.<br><br><br><br>
Also, we make our own fake meat and are interested in meeting anyone else in the world who does the same and would like to exchange recipes. Is there such a thing as a Scottish veg cookbook? (Haven't dared to make veg haggis just yet).<br><br><br><br><br><br>
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I was in Scotland for a few weeks a couple months ago. Being veg was very easy. There's a lovely vegetarian restaurant in Edinburgh called Black Bo's, and practically every chip shop I saw had a veggie burger on the menu. I don't have too much useful info to impart, but that's what I know.
 

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I am a regular vegetarian visitor to the hebrides. I usually go with a group to camp, so we cook for ourselves then anyway, and if you were on one of the more remote islands you would probably be best to rent a holiday home and cook for yourselves anyway (or camp of course) as generally the islands have at most one pub and a cafe that serves food, so you would be fairly short of choice if you intended to eat out every day. All the cafes I have been to have at least one non-meat option (although it usually involves cheese, so no good if you are vegan). I am not sure what the attitudes of the locals is towards vegetarians (especially given that beef farming is an important source of income for many of the islands) but generally the people there are lovely and helpful (much nicer than regular people) and if you were staying in a b&b situation etc. would probably go out of their way to provide vegi food for you if you gave them sufficient warning (which they would def. need because of the limited shopping opportunities on the islands).
 

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Happycow seems to have the latest in Vegetarian Restauraunts and such for the world. You can even write reviews and so on. Here is Scotland's Index (oh, also organic food stores and so forth).<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.happycow.net/europe/scotland/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.happycow.net/europe/scotland/index.html</a>
 
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you should definately try vegetarian haggis- my dad used to make it, and its very good! i think compared to a lot of places, being vegetarian in scotland and england is actually much easier than in the US, its a much more commonly seen thing- about 5% of brits are vegetarian, (its more like 8% in the under 35's age group) and Astarte is right, there are veggieburgers and/in chipshops aplenty- also there is plenty of good italian food in scotland too, and lots of deepfried and battered things (look out for deepfried battered marsbars in the chipshops!).<br><br><br><br>
There are not quite as many fake meats in the supermarkets on the british side of the pond, but the ones we have are pretty good- and if you are ovo lacto- i'd have to say that the cheese is about a billion times nicer over there, and there is much more 'proper' cheese (not that orange rubbery stuff i see everywhere in canada), and it's cheaper too, lol. Restaurants seem to be much more used to catering for vegetarianism too, and aren't as heavy on the eggs and cheese as they used to be, either.<br><br><br><br>
with regard to cookery books, the uk version of amazon.com, which is (unsuprisingly!) at: <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=veggieboards.com-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.co.uk" target="_blank">www.amazon.co.uk</a> has a few books listed under the keywords 'vegetarian' and 'scotland', including one for kids, and one called Rainbows and Wellies: Taigh Na Mara Cookbook, by Jackie Redding, which looks really good, and which i'm sure could be shipped to you.<br><br><br><br>
the site <a href="http://eatscotland.visitscotland.com/" target="_blank">http://eatscotland.visitscotland.com/</a> also offers a search function where you can find vegetarian and vegan friendly restaurants across scotland, and search by cost and location, etc. i'm pretty sure that the restaurants do pay to be added to this listing, so i'd like to assume they make the same effort with their food! and happycow, as mentioned earlier, is really good.<br><br><br><br>
i hope you make it to scotland, its a beautiful place filled with really nice people with gorgeous diverse accents and strong regional dialects, and from what i've found, a fun and slightly dry wit and wry outlook on life. it is a bit cold and rainy, but if you pack a waterproof coat you'll be fine!<br><br><br><br>
thinking about it, you might want to invest in a scots-english english-scots dictionary/slang guidebook too, if only just for fun- you can pick them up in tourist stores all over the place there- mine helped me out a lot when dealing with my mums relatives- they have lots of mysterious words, and coupled with the broad accent, you can sometimes be left confusedly thinking 'what???' even after having something repeated to you slowly 3 or 4 times. i don't think i ever actually understood anything my scottish grandfather said to me, as a child, without my mum translating it for me, lol, so its worth it in my books.<br><br><br><br>
and now i'm feeling all nostalgic over scotland, hahaha.
 

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Would just like to echo how easy it is to be veggie in Scotland, even in rural parts like Orkney. Lots of mailorder places will ship veggie food all over the UK and supermarkets have lots of veggie friendly places. The Holland and Barrett chain healthfood shop is pervasive and carries lots of fake meat items, but they will be harder to find in rural areas, as expected.<br><br><br><br>
A great trick is to not stay in hotels but to stay in self-catering cottages, especially in the rural areas. This will give you access to cooking facilities so you can create your own veggie feasts from items foraged in local shops.<br><br><br><br>
The book 'Vegetarian Britain' has a 2006 version and lists veggie friendly restaurants, hotels, shops and more <a href="http://www.vegetarianguides.co.uk/products/vegetarianbritain.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.vegetarianguides.co.uk/pr...nbritain.shtml</a> all over the UK, including Scotland.
 

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Yeah, the UK is VERY veggie friendly. You shouldn't have any problem at all. Even when you're walking around, the grocery stores have lots of stuff to grab on the go, and most restaurants have veggie bangers and mash.<br><br><br><br>
Not a problem. Scotland's amazing, you should go soon!
 
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