Great drives: a Volvo V90 Cross Country to Dumfries for Burns Night haggis
More than a third of US visitors to Scotland believe haggis is a wild animal. According to one survey, some even dream of stalking a “wee beastie” across the glens. Sadly, after learning the offal truth about the ingredients they return home disappointed.
Heart, liver and lung stuffed into a sheep’s intestine are not an easy sell on any menu. And with Burns Night approaching on Thursday, one member of staff at The Principal Hotel in Edinburgh confides that it might be easier to claim haggis actually is a rare Highland creature.
I’m trying to explain the significance of the savoury pudding to a French guest sat with me in the hotel’s glass-roofed bar. His guidebook suggests there is no conclusive evidence the dish originated from Scotland – it may even be 15th century peasant fare from Lancashire. A look of horror descends on other drinkers before I move the subject on to safer territory….