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Grab Your Kilt – We’re Going to Scotland!

February 17, 2011
Photo credit: © Copyright Val Vannet and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Licence

© Copyright Val Vannet, via Creative Commons

As our Global Spotlight Series heads to more northerly waters, we encounter Scotland, a country whose culture is very different from Morocco’s but no less distinct. Scotland is part of the United Kingdom but is today quite independent, having been governed by an independent Scottish legislature since 1999.

Despite Scotland’s relatively small population—just 5 million people—its icons are known the world over. Kilts and bagpipes aren’t the totality of Scottish culture, but they’re certainly embraced by the Scottish people and their descendents. In fact, the official Scottish website encourages visitors to “Kilt Up” by dressing their digital selves in traditional Scottish garb, providing explanations of each garment you choose.

It’s not just fashion that makes Scotland unique. This nation’s traditional music (bagpipes and Celtic folk songs) influences contemporary folk and joins a thriving modern arts scene complete with indie rock, jazz festivals, and of course the world-famous Susan Boyle!

 

Scenic Slains Castle near Cruden Bay in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Photo rights: Dustan Hoffman / Crown Prince

Scenic Slains Castle near Cruden Bay in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Photo rights: Dustan Hoffman / Crown Prince

What About the Fish?

Map of Scotland with the Royal Coat of Arms - by Marie Stockholm

Map of Scotland with the Royal Coat of Arms - by Marie Stockholm

We’d be remiss not to mention Scotland’s connection to seafood. As part of an island with many tiny islands, Scotland is home to generations of fishermen.  In fact, fish has been called “the jewel in Scotland’s crown.” Representing more than 62% of Scottish food exports, there are 60 species of fish landed in Scotland and sold world-wide.

Of those sixty, just one is sold by Crown Prince and it meets our customers’ particular needs perfectly. Which fish is it? See if you can guess! We’ll be back next time to tell you more about how this fish gets from Scotland’s chilly waters to your cozy kitchen.

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(Photo credit: By MarieStockholm via Wikimedia Commons)

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