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Justajolt
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So my brother's been at University in Aberdeen since September, so my wife, baby and I went to visit him for a few days... my first ever trip to Scotland! I'm not sure how I went for 34 years without ever venturing further north than York (I was born in Hammersmith, London, so I probably did well getting up that far!) but I loved it and I'm about to tell you why!

Firstly, I didn't realise how far away Scotland is! There's a lot of England in between Leeds and Scotland to begin with. I loved the drive there, over the North Yorkshire hilly bits and whatever else there was. Then I didn't realise how much of Scotland there is between each major Scottish city! And I didn't realise how gorgeous all of that open space would be. Just driving through, it looked spectacular and I can see why most of the people I know from Scotland rave about their own country.

Aberdeen itself was different to any other town I've seen, in that it looks like it's a city of castles. All of the buildings are made not of red brick, but of granite blocks right down to the terraced house my brother rents a room in. It struck me as well that at least one building in three had some kind of feature like a parapet or a tower or something that made it look like a castle, which my daughter loved!  Since we were there during the shortest day of the year, I was also amazed as how much of a difference that six hours drive north makes in terms of the daylight you get! We got dusk at three-ish yesterday.

My brother introduced me to the wonders of deep-fried pizza before we left (I managed a quarter!) and, on our way home, we drove through Edinburgh and stopped at a chippie. I enjoyed a battered haggis and I've no idea why the rest of the UK doesn't do Edinburgh chippie sauce as well.

Rab, BigAl, FDT, you've got a gorgeous country up there and I feel like I've committed a crime by taking so long to find that out! I also have a massive appreciation now for the driving you do, BigAl and family, to get down to Leeds for GuN! You guys are troopers!

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Glad you enjoyed your trip mate!

You should have said you would be stopping off in Edinburgh and I would have met up for that chippie! Next time!

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Ha ha, cool jolt.

Glad you enjoyed, theres still the "pizza crunch" to try, pizza in batter 🍕

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That sounds awful Rab! I should point out to our Southern cousins that not all Scots are Irn Bru quaffing deep fried foodstuff munchers!

But yes, Edinburgh chippie sauce is amazing!

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Last  biking road trip I went on round Scotland we refreshed ourselves post ride with vitamin T. The drink of champions.
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Yes, I'm lucky I have a very large family (I'm the youngest of 13 kids  Shocked ) and they are spread far and wide all over the place so I've had the chance to explore most nooks and crannies of Scotland and I love it. We have a camping road trip every year going somewhere new and always somewhere stunning to go.

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Just looked up how to make chippie sauce: Brown (Broon) sauce and vinegar 50/50.

A lol out load quote from the reddit forum I got it from:

"I'll no be havin anything oan ma chips that they're having in Westminster!"

Fantastic! I wish I was a Scot.

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We keep ours in a milk carton in the fridge.



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I think I'll start having a stock of Chippie sauce in a carton in my fridge too to go with the German curry-wurst sauce I also love (ketchup and curry powder).

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FDT wrote:
Glad you enjoyed your trip mate!

You should have said you would be stopping off in Edinburgh and I would have met up for that chippie! Next time!


Yup! Edinburgh is one of the few beautiful places that  a tourist must see.  Other spots like , Loch Ness and the Isle of Skye is kind of magical.

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