Although Scotland is as big (if not bigger counting the Highlands and Islands) than England, it is far less populated. If you prefer a bit of hermit-type living, the beautiful remote islands are sure to appeal. It’s quite a different country overall. For a start, Scotland has a much fairer voting system, so the politics tends to be very different and more cordial. It’s obviously colder! And it rains a lot (just like the Inuits have 50 words for snow, Scottish people have 50 words for rain).
Scotland also contains all of the UK’s highest mountains (England’s highest mountain is Scafell Pike in the Lake District) but this is dwarfed by the mountains here. Travel out to the coast, and the icy cold waters are home to far more whales than in England. You’re almost guaranteed to see one!
It’s not true anymore that Scotland is home to the ‘deep-fried Mars Bar’. Today the major cities like Glasgow and Edinburgh are home to some of the hippest and most stylish vegan eateries, and there are many community-supported-agriculture-type outfits helping the difficult-to-grow climate produce local food for local people. And if you fancy a bit of bagpipe-playing, Newcastle company Freerangers (which usually makes vegan shoes and bags) has now turned its hand to making vegan sporrans!
sustainable sodas from Scotland
Rapscallion Soda (Scotland) is a unique team that make lovely sodas like dry lime, burnt lemon and ginga ninja. There’s even one based on the local dish of cranachan (raspberries and ‘cream’).
Nearly all soft drinks are made with cheap commercial shortcut ingredients, but this company uses raw quality fruit and are naturally low in calories, due to the natural sweetness of the fruit. They are also sweetened naturally with a little raw cane sugar. Each year, they offer seasonal sodas (these change by availability due to the weather – it’s Scotland!) The seasonal flavours include rhubarb, blueberry, strawberry and cranachan (raspberries).