Traditional Scottish foods ‘dying out’ with over 40% of Scots never having tried haggis

A new poll has revealed that traditional Scottish foods could be facing a battle for survival.

Over 40% of those asked had never tried haggis, while nearly half of those (47 per cent) surveyed have never tucked into neeps and tatties.

The poll by Sykes Holiday Cottages found that 44 per cent of Scots believe that it is actually tourists who are helping to keep Scottish local cuisines alive.

Other results from the startling survey revealed that nearly half of those asked had never eaten a Scotch pie and two in five (41 per cent) have never tried Scotch broth.

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Those who had tried local delicacies amongst Scots including Bannock (81 per cent had never tried), skirlie (83 per cent) and rollmops (89 per cent) were also shockingly low in number.

One in five (18 per cent) of Scots who had never tried haggis said it sounds unappetizing, while the same number (18 per cent) said they were scared to try it.

The survey went on to find that almost four in 10 (38 per cent) of people in the UK admit they have never bothered to make their famous local dish at home – despite half (50 per cent) insisting guests tuck into them when visiting from out of town.

Graham Donoghue, chief executive of Sykes Holiday Cottages, said: “As a proud Scot myself, I’m a big fan of a lot of the dishes that make our country famous, but it’s surprising just how many others have never tried them.

“There are certain parts of the country where specific foods will instantly spring to mind, with visitors from across the UK helping to keep these foodie traditions alive.”

When traveling around the UK, three quarters of holidaymakers (74 per cent) will make the effort to sample the local delicacies.

Nearly a quarter (23 per cent) will select a staycation destination based solely on its reputation for quality food – and 91 per cent believe it is important to enjoy good food when on holiday.

The most popular way for Brits to decide where to eat on their travels is by judging an establishment based on its exterior and interior.

More than a third (36 per cent) will tap into the locals’ knowledge of the best place to visit, while a third will read restaurant reviews and a quarter will seek advice from their accommodation provider.

In a bid to help keep local delicacies alive, Sykes Holiday Cottages has released a free online recipe book comprising of regional foodie favorites from throughout the UK and Ireland – available online at: online-recipe-book

Graham added: “Our research shows that a large proportion of travelers choose staycation destinations solely on their stomachs, but when we travel around the UK it can sometimes be overwhelming to know what to try and the best places to get it.

“That’s why we’ve created our recipe book to give holidaymakers the chance to sample a selection of local favorites – prepared just as the locals would – before their trips or to get inspiration for their next holiday spot. And it sounds like this could come in handy for some residents too!”

Many local dishes and more obscure traditional items such as Hatted Kit, a type of milk dish; Solan Goose, a dish made using gannet chicks; and Festie cock, a type of pancake traditionally eaten on Shrove Tuesday have made up a list of Scots dishes have never tried.


  1. Hatted kit
  2. Solan goose
  3. Sowans
  4. powsowdie
  5. party cock
  6. apple fruit
  7. Kilmeny Kail
  8. roast woodcock
  9. Howtowdie with Drappit eggs
  10. hairst bree
  11. carrageen moss
  12. baud bree
  13. leave bree
  14. fattie cutties
  15. Cabbie Claw
  16. crappit heid
  17. tipsy laird
  18. rumbledethumps
  19. berwick cockles
  20. Brose

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