Where to eat haggis is one of the questions our guests regularly ask us, so we're here to introduce you to Scotland's national dish.
What is haggis?
Haggis is basically like an oaty, spicy mince and each haggis maker will have a slightly different recipe. We source our haggis from our butcher Campbell's Meat. We've tried lots of varieties but it's our favourite.
The Campbells Meat haggis recipe dates back over 100 years when John Campbell created the original recipe. It is now made by the 4th generation of the family. It's the same traditional recipe, created using only the finest ingredients. Including fresh Scottish lamb, oats and our secret blend of seasoning. Campbell’s even cater to those who don’t eat meat with their Vegetarian Haggis.
It is the most common meal to have on the 25th of January, to celebrate the birthday of Scotland's National Bard: Robert Burns. It is a dish that is usually accompanied by neeps (turnips), tatties (potatoes) and a wee dram of whisky.
Where can I see a wild Haggis?
Sadly, we have to disappoint you - you won't be able to find a wild haggis roaming the Scottish hills. A poll carried out by Hall's of Broxburn revealed 33% of US visitors believe the haggis to be an animal. Wild haggis is a fictional creature of Scottish folklore.
According to legend, the wild haggis' left and right legs are of different lengths, allowing it to run quickly around the steep mountains and hillsides which make up its natural habitat, but only in one direction. It is further claimed that there are two varieties of haggis, one with longer left legs and the other with longer right legs. The former variety can run clockwise around a mountain (as seen from above) while the latter can run anticlockwise. The two varieties coexist peacefully but are unable to interbreed in the wild because in order for the male of one variety to mate with a female of the other, he must turn to face in the same direction as his intended mate, causing him to lose his balance before he can mount her. As a result of this difficulty, differences in leg length among the haggis population are accentuated.
Where to eat haggis in Edinburgh?
During your stay you can enjoy Campbell's Scottish Haggis in our Full Scottish Breakfast. Alternatively, if you'd like to enjoy a traditional haggis, neeps and tatties here are some of our favourite spots to enjoy our national dish.
Where is your favourite place to eat haggis in Edinburgh?