Food and drink
With the Atlantic on its doorstep, fresh mountain waters, lush rolling hills, fertile soil and varied weather, Scottish cuisine is renowned for its unrivalled quality. From Aberdeen Angus beef, Stornoway Black Pudding, Arbroath Smokies and Shetland salmon and shellfish to Scottish whisky, ales, scones and shortbread. Try the national dish, haggis, or for a sweet treat, seek out the more contemporary deep fried Mars Bar which celebrated its 25th birthday in 2020.
Of course, Scotland is also known for its gin and whisky. There are a number of gin and whisky distilleries you can visit and many pubs and bars offer tasting sessions. The Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s venues include 38 Bath Street in Glasgow and 28 Queen Street and The Vaults in Edinburgh. The brand new Johnnie Walker Experience will open in time for the conference and boasts eight levels (including a rooftop bar) at Princes Street.
Grassmarket in Edinburgh’s Old Town is a great place to discover restaurants and traditional pubs with a great selection of beer and live music.
The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh is a love letter to Scotland with its Balmoral tartan, classic Scottish art and whisky ambassadors with 500 malts. Enjoy a drink or award-winning afternoon tea with a view of the famous clock tower in the Palm Court. Or try their Michelin-starred dining, French-Scottish bistro fare or classic cocktails.