Traveling through a country where the national dishes include haggis, black pudding and meat pies can be tricky when you're a vegetarian. I fully prepared myself for living on a diet of toast, fries (or chips as they're called there) and shortbread. But as it turns out, even in the most remote places it really wasn't much of a problem. There is not a huge choice for vegetarians but for the most part, I had lovely food. Here are some tips on how to travel the Scottish Highlands the vegetarian way:
1. Breakfast at B&B's:
B&B's have a lot of visitors, obviously, and are mostly used to vegetarian travelers. A few times I was even offered veggie sausages or burgers! On other occasions they offered to just leave the meat out and make eggs, beans and fried vegetables. If you're like me and don't like the idea of your food being cooked in the same pan as meat, just ask for boiled eggs and have the cereal and toast that every B&B serves anyway. If you don't eat eggs but need something warm in the morning, just ask if they have porridge (they probably will!).
2. Dinner at Pubs and Inns:
There really isn't a lot of choice of restaurants in the small villages in the Highlands. Usually there is one pub or inn, if you're lucky there are two. Most will have a lot of meat, some fish and one vegetarian option. It's usually Mac & Cheese, veggie lasagne, or sometimes veggie burger. The food is pretty decent for the most part. Sometimes there just isn't anything vegetarian on the menu. In that case just ask! A couple of chefs offered to make pasta and other things for me (Scots are amazingly friendly!). Every pub or inn will have fries, so that is always an option.
3. In between snacks:
If nothing else works, fill up on snacks during the day. Shops and tea rooms are few and far between, so I suggest you get your favorite snacks before you start your trip and always keep them in the car. Most villages will have a tiny general store where you can get biscuits and other things. Tea rooms will have cake and sometimes sandwiches but there really aren't many around.
Most of all: Go visit the Scotland! You'll love it!