Are 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 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 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.
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 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 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.
Adventure-loving George, a one-year-old golden retriever from Glasgow, has been officially crowned ‘Ambassadog’ for Scotland.
George, who resides in the West End of Glasgow, has been named VisitScotland‘s official Ambassadog, after standing out in the pool of over 200 applicants.
George is owned by 22-year-old twin sisters Emma and Victoria Rae, who entered their dog in the competition in March. The sisters knew that George could represent Scotland with his adventurous nature and spirit.
George was among seven other finalists who were judged at an interview event at Prestonfield House Hotel in Edinburgh. Now that George has the official title of Ambassadog, he and his owners will promote Scotland through social media, attend high-profile events, and enjoy the status of VID: Very Important Dog.
Owner Victoria explains how proud and excited she is for George, “My ambition for him in his new role as ambassadog is that he takes us on a lot more journeys – we plan to go to Harris and Lewis at the end of this month – and we can inspire others to plan their next exploration around the country”.
Later this year, the winning pup and his owners will be rewarded with a dog-friendly holiday in Scotland, courtesy of VisitScotland. To find itineraries for your own pet-friendly vacation in Scotland, visit the VisitScotland website here.
Find out more about the VisitScotland ‘Ambassadog’ competition here.
VisitScotland, Scotland’s official tourism board and a partner organization of The American-Scottish Foundation, is already looking ahead to 2017. Next year will be the Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology in Scotland.
The year 2017 will showcase the rich history and archaeology of Scotland, celebrating its famous World Heritage Sites, ancient monuments, historic battlefields, castles, houses and more. Scotland’s heritage will be shared through its rich cultural traditions, ancient myths and classic tales.
The year of History, Heritage & Archaeology in Scotland will shine new light on the nation’s icons and hidden gems alike. Scotland’s gorgeous landscape, incredible architecture, and deep heritage make it a perfect holiday destination for the adventurous traveller.
VisitScotland has created inspiring itineraries to help visitors make the most of their trips to Scotland in 2017.
Click these links to view the following themed itineraries from VisitScotland:
- Edinburgh and South Scotland
- Glasgow and South West Scotland
- Scotland’s Northern Islands
- North of Scotland
To find out more about VisitScotland, visit the website here.
During the cold month of February, movie buffs can find plenty to enjoy in Glasgow. The annual Glasgow Film Festival is wrapping up this weekend with the closing Gala on Sunday.
The Glasgow Film Festival was created to present the best of international and Scottish cinema to film lovers in Scotland.
The festival includes movie screenings, discussions and lectures, festivals within the festival, workshops and even the chance to meet filmmakers from around the world. This weekend marks the end of this year’s festival fun.
The 2016 festival began on the 17th of February and finishes tomorrow on the 28th. For the past ten days there have been venues all across the city hosting special screenings of films, both new and old, and talks and workshops with directors and filmmakers.
The festival began with an opening gala in which Hail, Caesar!, the acclaimed Coen Brothers film starring George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson and Tilda Swinton, was premiered, just days after its World Premiere at Berlin Film Festival.
The final day of the festival will include film exhibitions such as the unique “This Is Now: Film and Video After Punk (1978-1985) Exhibition” being shown at the venue Tramway Glasgow.
There will also be screenings of the films such as Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid, I Am Belfast, and Peace Officer in other venues throughout the city. A special family screening of Beauty and the Beast will be held at Trades Hall, including costumes, children’s workshops, and Beauty and the Beast themed teas and cakes.
The Glasgow Film Festival’s closing gala will include the UK premiere of Anomalisa, a unique film using stop-motion animation, which was directed by Charlie Kaufman, writer of films such as Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. This film won the Grand Special Jury Prize 2015 at the Venice Film Festival.
Visit the Glasgow Film Festival’s website to find out more about booking last minute tickets, and information on purchasing season tickets for next year.
And if you are disappointed to have missed this year’s Film Festival fun, you still have time to purchase tickets for the Glasgow Short Film Festival, the biggest competitive short film festival in Scotland. The GSFF, now in its ninth year, aims to expose new international and local film talent and celebrate the different forms of cinematic expression.
The five-day festival will include film competitions, pitching workshops, masterclasses, movie screenings, discussions and more. Discover the short film’s potential to push at the boundaries of cultural expression.
The Glasgow Short Film Festival will run from Wednesday the 16th to Sunday the 20th of March. Find out “what’s on” and purchase tickets here.
Celtic Connection is Glasgow’s annual music festival, now in it’s 22nd year, and featuring the best of Scottish music talent. It is now the largest winter music festival in the drawing artists, and audiences, from around the globe.
The lineup of artists is enormous, from Kris Kristofferson headlining The Roaming Roots Revue, to The Chieftains, Rickie Lee Jones, Eddi Reader to the great reception for the Scottish debut of Songs of Seperation, the ten women collective featuring New York based Scot, Hannah Read.
With over 2000 artists performing at the festival in over 300 concerts there really is something for everyone and for all tastes.
Primarily folk, roots and world music, the festival is a cross-pollination of artists from different countries and musical genres. There are wonderful concerts for over two weeks at such venues as The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the The Old Fruitmarket, Òran Mór to name but a few.
Some of the highlights at Celtic Connections 2016 so far include;
James Yorkston is one of the most respected and innovative members of the Scottish folk scene,. He has played a huge part in development of musicians such as KT Tunstall, King Creosote and The Pictish Trail. The performance at Celtic Connections showed his continued ability to innovate, engage and evolve.
Youngston was joined by New Delhi based musician Suhail Yusuf Khan and expert double bass player Jon Thorne.
As part of a special broadcast for Celtic Music Radio Scottish singer-songwriter Alan Frew performed a captivating set which had the audience spellbound.
Playing tracks from his debut album Go Easy, he combined talented guitar playing with beautiful, haunting vocals. Alan was a joy to listen to performing fan favourites Mary Go and Denise is Gone.
Roaming Roots Revue,
The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall , 23rd January
The Roddy Hart curated musical feast is one of the major highlights of the festival with a different theme each year, with talent drawn from across the globe. This year the theme was of the Troubadour – the wandering music maker and minstrel – and the supporting cast brought together a cross section of the best presented at Celtic Connections.
This brilliant project involves some of the very best female folk artists in the UK coming together for a collaborative initiative and meeting of minds, cultures and hearts.
The artists were brought together to write and record original material drawing on the theme of separation; between communities, countries and loved ones.
This project is truly something unique and their performance at Celtic Connections was their Scottish debut. It’s hard to describe just how wonderful this concert was but I can safely say it’s one of the most special experiences I’ve ever had.
Songs of Separation album is released on January 29th, don’t miss it.
A major triumph of talents, skill from some of the finest musicians Britain has produced – Eliza Carthy, Hannah Read, Hannah James, Hazel Askew, Jenn Butterworth, Jenny Hill, Karine Polwart, Kate Young, Mary Macmaster and Rowan Rheingans.
There are so many fantastic gigs at Celtic Connections featuring so many brilliant talents that it’s quite impossible to even get to a fraction of the concerts I’d like to.
Sometimes the unexpected gigs I find myself at can be some amongst the most memorable of concerts.
The Festiva lClub and Late Night Sessions see brilliant talent popping up in venues across the city with the music going into the wee small hours.
Where else would you rather be?
Hope to see you at Celtic Connections next year!
VisitScotland, a partner organization of The American-Scottish Foundation, has provided a set of travel itineraries coinciding with Scotland’s famous tourist routes.
Scotland has twelve famous tourist routes that lend to many new discoveries for travellers. The routes include coastal trails such as the Angus Coastal Route and the Fife Coastal Route, explorations of the Borders through the Borders Historic Route, and travels through the Highlands via the Highlands Tourist Route and the North & West Highlands Route. Scotland’s diverse landscape, remote towns and hidden villages are all waiting to be explored.
Find out more about these twelve tourist routes on VisitScotland.com
They map out activities for visits lasting anywhere between two to fourteen days. The themes span Robert Burns, Scottish heroes, famous castles, and public transport.
An example of one itinerary celebrates ‘2016, the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design’ in Scotland, planning out four days in Glasgow, Ayrshire and Arran, Dumfries & Galloway, and Argyll. The travel plans take you through museums, gardens, castles and more.
Another itinerary, called “Scotland, the Home of Golf,” maps out a fourteen-day travel plan revolving around golfing throughout Scotland. This travel plan will have you swinging clubs in St Andrews, Aberdeen, Ayrshire and more.
To read more about these travel guides, or find help planning out your vacation, head to this link from VisitScotland and find the itinerary that’s right for you.
See you in Scotland!
Images via visitscotland.com
Head to Glasgow this October to experience the Mackintosh Festival, a month-long celebration of the architecture, art, and life of Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Renowned Scottish architect, designer and artist, Charles Rennie Mackintosh (7 June 1868 – 10 December 1928) is an extremely celebrated figure today. Some of his greatest achievements include his masterpiece The Glasgow School of Art, which was voted by the Royal Institute of British Architects as the finest building designed by a British architect in the last 175 years. Other great works include Mackintosh House, the Mackintosh Church at Queen’s Cross, the villas Windyhill and The Hill House, Scotland Street School, and the intricate interiors of multiple tea-rooms in the city centre.
Mackintosh strongly believed that an architect was responsible not just for the structure of a building, but for every detail of its interior design as well. To Mackintosh, a room was work of art. He designed unique furniture to fill his buildings with. He was also an accomplished painter who created countless beautiful compositions of flowers, and later, a series of landscapes of the South of France.
The Mackintosh Festival in now in its fourth year. Glasgow will host a month-long program of events, many of which are free. There will be daily tours of The Glasgow School of Art, weekly Glasgow Style city walking tours, and a series of exhibitions and classes on view in the city’s many museums. Visit the Mackintosh Festival website for a complete activity program.
Journey to Glasgow this October to enjoy talks, tours, exhibitions, music, films, classes and family events. Regardless of your age, artistic ability, or knowledge of design, the Mackintosh Festival has so much to offer.
Preview (by invitation only) Friday 5 September 2014 6-9pm, last entry at 8:30pm
Exhibition open to the public 6 – 12 September 2014
Monday – Friday 10am – 9pm, last entry 8:30pm
Saturday – Sunday 10am – 5pm, last entry 4:30pm
Location: Reid Building at The Glasgow School of Art and McLellan Galleries, Renfrew Street, Glasgow G3
The GSA has one of the UK’s largest postgraduate communities in the visual creative arts and architecture. It has grown considerably in recent years reflecting the GSA’s international standing and research excellence, and now comprises nearly 300 Doctoral and Master’s students.
The GSA’s Graduate Degree Show offers a public showcase for the full range of graduate work undertaken at the institution. The 2014 Graduate Degree Show will feature work by graduating students across a wide variety of disciplines across architecture, design, fine art and digital.
To learn more about the event and the Glasgow School of Art, visit their website at http://www.gsa.ac.uk/m/graduate-degree-show-2014/.