Traveling to Scotland

A Bonnie Place

Seaside town along the North Sea south of St. Andrews, Scotland

Aye, Scotland is a bonnie land where neeps, tatties, haggis and blood sausage are part of the food culture

St. Andrews ‘The Old Course’ Scotland – Home of golf

Last year we ingrained ourselves into the Scottish culture of the North Highlands, Inverness, Loch Ness, St. Andrews area (home of golf), Edinburgh and many sea towns and famous castles in-between.   There is much to do and see there…castle and palace tours, hiking, golf, beach walks, museums, beautiful gardens, the Highland Games (family fun!) and did I mention golf?

Scotland bound?

The people and government of the United Kingdom take food allergy very seriously (and celiac disease).  Food service staff training, good labeling, menus with food allergens and a general awareness about anaphylaxis and celiac are governed by the U.K. government.


So many sheep in Scotland.  Local lamb and hand made woolen items are abundant.  Angus beef, scones, puddings (aka desserts), pastries stuffed with sausage, and Scottish bacon on rolls.  American bacon or ‘streaky rashers’ is available in grocery stores.

Scottish towns boast butchers, bakers, cheese shops, wine shops, coffee shops, restaurants (fast food and sit down), and more.  When out for a meal you’ll typically find;

  • Fresh local produce, lamb, beef, fish, chicken and eggs
    • One of our FA sons loved chicken goujons (fresh chicken strips breaded and baked)
  • Pizza – lots of pizza
  • Indian restaurants – curry is a U.K. favorite
  • Baked goods – breads, rolls, sweets, scones, pastry, cookies, and cakes
  • Savory pies and stuffed pastries
  • Sandwiches, soups and sausage (Gluten alert! – sausage in the U.K. contain gluten)
  • Haggis (sausage with oats; not GF), neeps (turnips) and tatties (potatoes) – common at outdoor events like the Highland games.
  • Sunflower oil is widely used; sunflower seeds are in artisan breads

Check out the local food markets.  We loved a market called Balgove Larder in St Andrews.  Farmer’s markets are held weekly in major towns and cities.

Beware salad lovers…Cole slaw swims in salad cream and often green salads do too.

Learn more about Scotland 

Hae a guid journey (listen below) and bring rain gear.



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Julie, founder of Allergy Free Table, LLC, and her family spend their time exploring, traveling and learning how to eat healthy without allergens or food sensitivities. She has worn many hats in the food allergy community since 2001 - support group member, volunteer, advocate, educator, author and speaker. Julie received her master's degree from Framingham State University in Nutrition Education in 2015.

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