I'm traveling to Scotland for my delayed Honeymoon. We are both paleo-centric, but are OK with going off paleo a bit for this trip. I would like more information before traveling this late Spring.
What things can you recommend for paleo food and/or adventure in Scotland, UK?
UPDATE: We had an amazing time, and I really loved the haggis and stornoway black pudding!
Delighted that you are visiting. We have the same issues re fast food as most other cultures. Meat is very prevalent, although you will probably want to avoid the deep fried batter which many takeaways favour. I can assure you that almost no-one will have heard of the paleo lifestyle though!
If you are in Edinburgh and have a bit of cash for a 'nice' meal, you may want to check out The Witchery: http://www.thewitchery.com/home.html
Elsewhere, near St Andrews (which is a beautiful little town, golf etc), http://www.thepeatinn.co.uk/
If you are looking for outdoor activities and have transport, Fort William, Pitlochry and Aviemore are all worth a look. Hiking/biking etc aplenty. For the scenery, get up the West coast of the country if you can.
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Go for a huge traditional breakfast - with the haggis included, try to find it cooked in lard or tallow (some traditional places will still cook this way) and that will set you up for the day. Many hotels will have a full Scottish breakfast as a matter of course.
When I was in Scotland recently I survived pretty much on the breakfast and then ate fish in the evening. Scottish salmon fresh from the sea is amazing and you will find it everywhere, not just on the coast. Smoked salmon is gorgeous as a snack food and very popular as it is one of the traditional foods of Scotland (along with haggis). Available in supermarkets and local shops.
Aberdeen Angus beef is very popular in 'steakhouses' and restaurants, which you will find on most main streets in Edinburgh. Have a large cut with salad. Many places serve venison (deer) which is hunted on the Scottish Glens and sold in better restaurants, very worth trying.
Failing this, go for haggis and neep (cabbage) as a main meal. The haggis contains some oatmeal, but if that is the only grain you eat, then it is not the worst one you could choose. Many generations of Scottish Highlanders and Islanders were brought up fit and strong on a diet of meat, fish and oatmeal.
You will have absolutely no problem eating paleo when you are there. Although the typical Scottish diet is a SAD diet, the 'traditional' food is meat based, of which the Scottish are very proud, and if you are eating at more expensive places, the quality will be very good indeed.
I have stayed in the Sheraton Grand Spa for work, they have a great buffet dinner where you can get lots of decent meat and veg. The gym there is also alright, its machine based but has quite a few of them.
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