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There are stereotypes about lots of countries and their residents. A widespread stereotype about Scottish people is that we have a sweet tooth. Like many stereotypes, there is perhaps more than a grain of truth to it. As the early dental records of this blog writer...

  If you wanted to take a dour view of matters, 2020 could be thought of as a landmark year for the reputation of Scotland's food & drink. As this article in the Edinburgh Evening News illustrates. It has been a quarter of a century since the...

Hogmanay in Scotland (Edinburgh) The trees are decorated, the lights are switched on and The Fairytale of New York is on 24 hour rotation on the radio. The festive season is well and truly here. Like many other nationalities, Scots will be celebrating Christmas by gathering with...

Glasgow the festival city is not the first thing that comes to mind.  The city has great nightlife, wonderful history, exciting restaurants - there are plenty of reasons to visit Glasgow. But another reason is the year-round program of events and festivals which the city organises. Not...

A night out in Glasgow, a few drinks, a chat with friends and, maybe, some dancing. Until recently, a night on the tiles stuck to a well recognised format. But new venues are offering an alternative. Bowling, crazy golf and axe-throwing have all joined the city's...

Scotch whisky sip or save Scotch whisky: sip or save. As a big collection of rare whisky goes under the auctioneer's hammer, we ask what is whisky for? Collecting or sharing? Recently, there has been much excitement in the whisky world. Sotheby's have announced the auction of...

[caption id="attachment_5847" align="aligncenter" width="900"] East end of Glasgow One of The Barras traders, immortalised in neon on the wall at Barrowland Ballroom.[/caption] In the East End of Glasgow, the bars, streets and eats around the famous Barras market are changing quickly. Asked to name the most famous...

The AA's pub guide 2020 is now out. This article looks at a few of the Glasgow bars that made it into the new guide. The Scottish summer may not guarantee endless sunny days. But it's usually hot enough to merit dropping into one of our...