Monthly Archives: November 2016

HAPPY ST ANDREW’S DAY to one and all


The American-Scottish Foundation wishes all our Members and friends a great St. Andrew’s Day. 

About Scotland shares a Greeting to the World for a
Happy St Andrews Day.  Delivered in an array of different languages from Mandarin to Arabic, Bengali, Hindu and Gaelic.

View here and then share YOUR Greeting using #ourstandrewsday. The Scottish Government will then be looking to share clips from your messages.

We share this powerful message from Scotland on this
St Andrew’s Day, that of friendship and unity among all people of the world.




GIVING TUESDAY, Tuesday November 29th – Become a Member of the American-Scottish Foundation.


PLEASE SUPPORT The American-Scottish Foundation® on Tuesday November 29th, GivingTuesday

A great way to become involved and support the work of the Foundation is to become a Member in this the 60th Anniversary of the ASF.…/indiv_membershi…

Help us to build upon our mission, bridging Scotland and the USA.
Learn more of how you can become involved

Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner In Scotland

pilgrimsAre you in Scotland and wondering where you can enjoy a great Thanksgiving – with Turkey, pecan or pumpkin pie?  Do not despair – you can still enjoy Thanksgiving food!

This time of year, many Scottish restaurants have festive menus that feature full turkey dinners. If it’s not turkey you’re after, but just a bit of classic American grub (hot dogs anyone?), there are plenty of American-style eateries in Scotland’s cities as well.

But with Scotland’s own unique cuisine and so many phenomenal restaurants to choose from, maybe Haggis could become your new Thanksgiving tradition!

For those of you still craving a classic American feast, we have provided a list of Thanksgiving Dinner options from two of Scotland’s big cities, Edinburgh and Glasgow. So tuck in, enjoy, and be thankful!

Where to go in Edinburgh on Thanksgiving …

 Twenty Princes Street, Edinburgh

21-prince-street-png-masterTwenty Princes Street is an award-winning contemporary Scottish restaurant,  with a Modern Scottish menu, set in a Victorian building with skyline views.

With a festive menu on offer from November 22nd, you can start your Thanksgiving meal with one of the restaurant’s unique appetizers, such as Parsnip soup or Mulled Wine Pear & Lemon Ricotta Tart. Then move on to the main course, Ballotine of Turkey with apricot, cranberry, and sage stuffing, chipolatas in bacon, roast potatoes, glazed potatoes, and port jus.

If you are having Thanksgiving in Scotland it needs to be different .. and this modern twist on a classic holiday meal will surely leave you in the holiday spirit.

See the full menu, here.

The Three Sisters, 139 Cowgate, Edinburgh

The Three Sisters is a cozy pub with a casual atmosphere, and usually a lively crowd that spills out into the outdoor courtyard.

With sports games playing throughout the day, and drinks specials to draw in a crowd in the evening, you can celebrate Thanksgiving all day and night!

For Thanksgiving 2016, The Three Sisters is hosting a special event in which they’re serving up a roast turkey dinner, complete with mashed and roast potatoes, peas, and corn on the cob. Rather than pumpkin pie, they’ll be slicing up blueberry cheesecake.

With turkey to eat, beer to drink, and American football on the screen, you might just forget that you’re not in the States!

Find out more, here.

Frontier  8 Gillespie Pl, Edinburgh

Although a full turkey dinner is not on the menu, “Native New Yorker” hot dogs, “Frontier Classic Nachos”, and “The Great American Mac & Cheese” are. They also serve American beers like Sam Adams, so you can wet your whistle American-style.

So enjoy a taste of the USA this Thanksgiving, even while you are so far from home! And if you try out the “Great American Pie of the Day”, it might just feel like a traditional Thanksgiving after all!

Read the menu, here.

Where to go in Glasgow on Thanksgiving … 

Ad Lib, 33 Ingram Street, Glasgow

Ad Lib is a cozy and casual US-style diner with two locations in the city, one in the City Centre, and one at Merchant City. The restaurant has an “American Classics” menu that includes dishes like burgers and fried chicken.

If you’re looking to skip Thanksgiving dinner and delve right into dessert, this menu also features two Thanksgiving staples: apple pie, and pecan pie.

However, their seasonal Christmas Menu does include a turkey dinner, so you can enjoy a full Thanksgiving feast. The dish is a turkey breast glazed with maple and chilli, and served with thyme gravy and all the trimmings. So if you want a casual Thanksgiving complete with turkey, pie, and a classic diner vibe, Ad Lib is the perfect destination. 

Have a look at the menus, here.

The Bothy Restaurant. 11 Ruthven Ln, Glasgow

The Bothy is a warm, welcoming restaurant in the West End of Glasgow that cooks up traditional Scottish dishes served by friendly, kilted staff. Although the restaurant serves Scottish cuisine, their festive menu features a unique – great – turkey dinner – with a Scottish twist!

The turkey is served with date and apple stuffing, pork chipolatas, and cranberry jus. Finish off your meal with a traditional Christmas pudding, or a decadent chocolate truffle cake. With an extensive wine and drinks menu, pick your poison and propose a toast to celebrating the USA in Scotland.

Read the menu, here.

TriBeCa, Glasgow – four locations to choose from ..

TriBeCa is a casual NYC inspired restaurant and bar that is decorated with hanging lights and posters of New York. The restaurant is instantly recognizable by the NYPD Cruiser and NYC Cab parked outside.

Rated highly for its brunch, TriBeCa is a great stop if you’d like to celebrate Thanksgiving with a big, New York style breakfast. The brunch menu features American-style pancakes and bacon, french toast, breakfast burritos, and more. Order a side home fries or pulled pork, and drink plenty of their bottomless coffee to wash it all down. At this rate, you’ll probably be stuffed until Christmas.

If Thanksgiving brunch wont cut it for you, TriBeCa will also be serving up a set menu on Thanksgiving, so you can spend your evening digging into a real turkey feast.

Have a look at the menus, here.
AND to one and all we wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Lest We Forget, Kelpies bathed in red light in support of PoppyScotland

The Kelpies, the magnificent 100ft tall horsehead sculptures by Andy Scott (sculptor) stand proudly, bathed in red light, in support of Poppyscotland;s Scottish Poppy Appeal at The Helix, Falkirk

The sculptures will be lit in red until through Remembrance Day weekend #LestWeForget

The American Friends of Scotland’s Canals & Waterways, in association with the American-Scottish Foundation, offers you a way to become involved and support the vision of the Scottish Waterways Trust

As a Member and Friend of the American-Scottish Foundation, we are sharing with you the premiere issue of The American Friends of Scotland’s Canals & Waterways e-news!

The American Friends of Scotland’s Canals & Waterways, in association with the American-Scottish Foundation, offers you a way to become involved and support the vision of the Scottish Waterways Trust who are missioned with the valuable work of supporting the protection and conservation of Scotland’s beautiful, unique waterways, from canals to historic properties surrounding the canals.


We invite you to enjoy with us, the rich history and exciting future of Scotland’s inland waterways and the people and communities that surround them – along with ways for you to become involved.

Meet the canals 
Scotland’s canals were hugely influential in the industrial and social growth of the country two hundred years ago. The advance of commerce and industry across Scotland increased the need for an efficient inland transport system, and the country’s flair for invention and engineering rose to the challenge.

The ingenuity of our ancestors, left the country with a lasting legacy – five stunning canals, over 137 miles of waterway, all protected as national heritage assets are attracting millions of visitors each year.

 Spotlighting three of Scottish Waterways canals:

The Union Canal (31 miles)’   The Union Canal flows into the heart of Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh. Conceived as a direct route for the people of Edinburgh to access cheap sources of coal from the West, the canal literally fueled the country’s industrial revolution.

After only 4 years of construction, the canal opened in 1822.

The Forth & Clyde Canal (35 miles)   Running through Scotland’s biggest city, Glasgow, the Forth & Clyde Canal was the world’s first man-made sea-to-sea canal, and the biggest single construction venture undertaken in Scotland at the time.

By the mid 19th century, over 3,000,000 tons of goods and 200,000 passengers a year were traveling on the Forth & Clyde Canal.

Bankside industries included timber and paper mills, glassworks, foundries, breweries and distilleries (including the biggest in the world at the time at Port Dundas).

Today archeological excavation is underway, read more of volunteer help below.

The Crinan Canal (9 miles)   The Crinan Canal, once described as the ‘most beautiful shortcut in the world,’ started as the Duke of Argyll’s canal and stretches from Crinan to Ardrishaig in Scotland’s northeast

Queen Victoria navigated the waterway in 1847, and passenger steamer companies were quick to advertise a ‘Royal Route.’
Today you can cruise the Crinan and surrounding waters on a wooden ketch with your own cook and skipper.
Scotland’s Canals Now  
Today, Scotland’s canals are vibrant once again. Communities are enjoying boating on restored waterways, walking and biking along the towpaths, watching wildlife, and learning about their heritage – and sharing a new future.

As a Member of the American Friends of the Scottish Waterways Trust you can enjoy a Members saving on a Cottage stay in a cottage or house along the banks of a Scottish Canal. Just one of the benefits of Membership, a great way to help support the Canals of Scotland.
Of the various ways to support and become an
American Friend of the Scottish Waterways Click Here.
For questions about the various programs please contact:
Camilla Hellman, American-Scottish Foundation, NYC