When in Scotland, do as the Scottish do!
At the opening ceremony of the Adventure Travel World Summit, we were wined and dined with single-malts and haggis, a local dish consisting of minced heart, lungs, and liver of a sheep or calf mixed with suet, onions, oatmeal, and seasonings, and boiled in the animal’s stomach. Perhaps it was good we started with the scotch first, to build up our courage! Gruesome as it sounds, the haggis was quite delicious.
We were serenaded by a tribal pipes and drum band called Clanadonia, whose music is steeped in the Celtic/Pictish traditions of Scotland. They energized the crowd and gave us a taste of what was to come after dinner. (To listen to a sample of their music, check out my video here: Scottish band Clanadonia.) Note the wee drams o’ whisky lined up on the tables at the end of the video. Slainte!
The post-dinner entertainment included a cèilidh (a traditional Gaelic social gathering, which usually involves music and dance), whereby the band provided the jigs and reels to which the crowd learned to dance and swing together. There was much rejoicing (and sweating)!
Top it off with a million men in kilts, and there you have it. A true Scottish shindig.
Special thanks to VisitScotland for putting on this grand affair!