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As the page name suggests here you'll find details that we hope will enhance your stay in Scotland, from our favourite local vegan sites and bloggers to recommended books, a little Scots directory of common words you'll hear often, to a calendar giving details of events around Fife and neighbouring areas, as well as local small businesses and animal charities who are fighting the good fight for the vegan cause.


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For such a small country Scotland has a lot to offer the vegan traveller and being fallible creatures we know this isn't by any means a definitive list, so If you have any suggestions, or are a small business, social enterprise or charity and would like to be included, please get in touch via the form on the contact us page



Kathi, the creator of Watch Me See, has produced the Swiss army knife of websites for vegans visiting Scotland. It includes a wealth of information on where to visit, the best places to eat, and much more. You will find most of your questions answered here, as well as answers to questions you didn't know you had!


Full of beautifully shot photographs, and handy tips on everything including recommendations on the best footwear for the terrain you'll be visiting, detailed directions on how to get to off the beaten path beauty spots, and much more.


 Kathi is based in Glasgow and knows the best places to eat. Kathi can be booked for walking tours of her home town, an offer well worth taking her up on so you can leave Scotland's metropolis knowing you have experienced the best it has to offer.


We had the good fortune to have Kathi stay with us and review our little B & B. You can read her review here.


Whatever type of food you have a hankering for Edinburgh will be able to satiate your hunger, and this site is the most extensive and useful blog on where to find delicious vegan eateries  during your visit to Scotland's capital.


Emma covers everywhere from The Auld Hoose with it's near legendary tower of tortilla chips covered in melted vegan cheese and guacamole, to the cosy atmosphere and amazing burgers of Holy Cow, all the way to established chains like Zizzi's, making her blog your perfect culinary tour guide and dining companion while in Auld Reekie.


Self described as a hub for all things vegan in Scotland, The Tartan Carrot provides a great directory of vegan restaurants, cafes and places to visit. There are plenty of interesting articles as well, and details of upcoming vegan  events.


Oddly enough considering the bounty Fife offers there are very few guide books focused solely on it, this being one of the exceptions. Don't let it's diminutive size fool you, this is packed full of  information you'll find invaluable whilst exploring the Kingdom.


 This guidebook explores the stunning coast and countryside of the Kingdom of Fife. Featured here you'll find 40 inspiring short walks in and around the Kingdom, stretching from the north side of the famous Forth Bridges, along the Firth of Forth to Culross, and Gleneagles and Dollar further north, and then east beyond Kirkcaldy to the string of picturesque fishing villages of the East Neuk. The volume travels north through Dunfermline and Glenrothes to Falkland and beyond to St Andrews, Tentsmuir Forest and the mighty Tay, with forays also into Kinross.

Ranging from lochside nature trails to short, exhilarating routes up into the Lomond and Ochil Hills to the best stretches of the Fife Coastal Trail and circuits around historic towns and villages, this book is all you need to really discover Fife. Many of these circular routes are suitable for families and accessible by public transport.


The next two books are great guides to Scotland's iconic cities, a notable improvement in both quantity and quality to the usual blogger posts which tend to focus on the same 10 to 20 places to the point of feeling like you've already been!


Edinburgh is rightly celebrated for its famous historical and cultural attractions. But for the discerning visitor it has much more to offer away from the well-worn tourist trail.


This book takes you to hidden corners and secret sights in this city of contrasts, exploring fascinating locations unknown even to most residents, and revealing unexpected aspects of some familiar local landmarks.


Marvel at a unique underground temple hewn out of the living rock; learn how a world-famous illusionist came to be buried here - with his dog; find out why the city council once commissioned an enormous electric blanket; look out for the ordinary Edinburgh post box with an explosive history.


Discover the human stories behind a wide range of places, both exceptional and commonplace, bringing to life the greatly varied cityscape where people have been leaving their mark for at least 5,000 years.


Glasgow was once known as the Second City of the British Empire - the powerhouse of the industrial revolution, a great port and merchant city whose architectural and cultural magnificence hid a darker side of urban poverty and squalor. Today the heavy industry is long gone, and 21st-century Glasgow is comfortable in its role as a smaller, cleaner, greener city, a vibrant and stylish centre for the arts and learning, now even more friendly and culturally diverse.


With a wealth of insider's local knowledge and engaging anecdotes, 111 Places in Glasgow That You Shouldn't Miss will guide you round a huge variety of intriguing sights, unique venues and surprising corners of this great city, helping you understand how the people made Glasgow and how Glasgow made its people.



You'll be hard pressed to find a better collection on Scottish legends and folklore than this wonderful collection.


Learn all about kelpies, wizards, witches, the fairy people, and of course Scotland's most famous cryptid; dear old Nessie herself.


Scotland's rich past and varied landscape have inspired an extraordinary array of legends and beliefs, and in The Lore of Scotland Jennifer Westwood and Sophia Kingshill bring together many of the finest and most intriguing: stories of heroes and bloody feuds, tales of giants, fairies, and witches, and accounts of local customs and traditions. Their range extends right across the country, from the Borders with their haunting ballads, via Glasgow, site of St Mungo's miracles, to the fateful battlefield of Culloden, and finally to the Shetlands, home of the seal-people.


More than simply retelling these stories, The Lore of Scotland explores their origins, showing how and when they arose and investigating what basis - if any - they have in historical fact. In the process, it uncovers the events that inspired Shakespeare's Macbeth, probes the claim that Mary King's Close is the most haunted street in Edinburgh, and examines the surprising truth behind the fame of the MacCrimmons, Skye's unsurpassed bagpipers. Moreover, it reveals how generations of Picts, Vikings, Celtic saints and Presbyterian reformers shaped the myriad tales that still circulate, and, from across the country, it gathers together legends of such renowned figures as Sir William Wallace, St Columba, and the great warrior Fingal. The result is a thrilling journey through Scotland's legendary past and an endlessly fascinating account of the traditions and beliefs that play such an important role in its heritage.



Did you know Glasgow  officially declared aliens are welcome if they are ever in the area? Or there is a road you can supposedly roll up? Renowned for world changing inventors, Scotland also produced an aeroplane made from seaweed. Read all about it in this anthology of weirdness, secrets and surprises.


From the world's oldest indoor loo to a theatre where spectators fill their pockets with poo, the definitive guide to the stranger side of Scotland shows there's a lot more to the place than tartan, haggis and tossing the caber.


Camping in Scotland is a rite of passage - taking the visitor from a mere sightseer to mossie bitten, hardened explorer. Highly recommend this book, along with The Scottish Bothy Bible for those who aren't feart of our local insect swarms, kelpies, and various other beasties prowling the wilds, while you seek refuge behind a few millimetres of tent fabric...


A new compendium of adventures, from the best-selling Wild Guide series (winner of travel guidebook of the year 2015). This guide to Scotland and the Scottish highlands and islands, one of Europe's fastest growing adventure holiday destinations, explores the hidden parts of its better known tourist areas, as well many more remote regions, rarely visited by tourists. Guiding you to over 800 wild swims, ancient forests, lost ruins and hidden beaches. Including inns, wild camping, local crafts, artisan whisky distilleries and wild places to stay.


"Your shooting yourselves in the foot with this recommendation," I can hear you say. Well, yes, in a way. This ultimate guide to Scotland's network of free Bothy accommodation is a must addition to your backpack while adventuring.


However we are here with a hot shower, free WiFi, Sky Q, and tasty hot meals for your trip back to civilisation, kind of a half way house for those of you with a nomadic soul but keen to catch up on your favourite TV show, or just relax knowing there's a warm bed and a hot drink close to hand. Currently we are also free from swarms of midges, so bring your own to continue your authentic Scottish experience .


This first ever complete guide to the Scottish bothies reveals the country s unique and often hidden network of bothy cabins and mountain huts. Scattered across Scotland s most beautiful landscapes, these evocative abandoned crofts and farmsteads are free to stay in and offer a chance to experience the ultimate in wild adventure living.


Wendy is one of the worlds leading experts on vegan travel and we were fortunate to have the pleasure of hosting Wendy and listening to her talk at a local vegan festival. Enjoy her book and keep up to date with her travels via The Nomadic Vegan, your go-to source for insider tips on vegan food around the world.


Intrepid globetrotter and vegan travel expert Wendy Werneth has explored 100 countries on 7 continents, sampling countless local specialties along the way.


In her new vegan food guide, Veggie Planet, she highlights the many naturally vegan dishes in 11 of the world's most famous cuisines and shows you just how vegan-friendly they really are.


But Veggie Planet is more than just an international travel guide for people interested in the vegan lifestyle. Since the cuisines it describes are widely available (think Chinese, Italian, Indian, etc.), Veggie Planet is a godsend not only for when you’re traveling but also for when you want to enjoy a delicious vegan meal while eating out, even in your own hometown.

local events calendar

small businesses we love (and know you will too)

Bohemian Hippy is a British based independent website for vegans, vegetarians, environmentalists and animal rights activists – and anyone who lives an ethically conscious lifestyle- or who wants to learn about starting!


At Bohemian Hippy, we understand how important it is to wear your message about veganism and animal rights, so we created a shop where you can find not-for-profit ethical clothing with full vegan ink. There is also a range of other merchandise and the ability to place orders for customised items – just place your order and drop an email to info@bohemianhippy.com with your custom design, and we will make it to your own personal specification! Best of all 100% of profits are donated to Lotus Animal Sanctuary so you are helping the animals by buying our products. www.lotusanimalsanctuary.com


We also have a vegan directory, vegan resources, info on inspirational vegans from a variety of backgrounds and so much more! We’re very proud of our website for vegans!








Located at 1249 Dumbarton Road, Glasgow, The Green Place is a real find for vegans, selling items such as paints, caddy liners, and toilet and kitchen rolls in compostable packaging, that we for one didn't know were even available!


“At The Green Place we want to try to provide a more environmentally-responsible choice. From reprocessed and ecological paints that are the most sustainable on the market to fantastic, locally cleaning products with naturewatch accreditation, right through to marine friendly skincare, that is either supplied packaging-free, in glass or tins, or if in plastic, can be refilled.


None of our products are tested on animals, the majority are vegan-friendly (some mainstream paints contain casein), and many are better for your health than their mainstream equivalents.


We also stock reusable alternatives to single use plastics e.g. mooncups & keepcups as well as bamboo toothbrushes, compostable cleaning sponges and natural deodorants that actually work!”


Visit their website for more information and to place your order.




We came across Spirit Tree at a local vegan festival and fell in love with their beautiful soaps, to the point we include a bar or two in your room as a complimentary gift from us.


Check out their website to see the full rainbow of colours and get a hint of the amazing fragrances available.


We are a Scottish based natural skincare company passionate about providing honest and effective products that are great for your skin and gentle on the environment.


For those passionate about truly natural skincare...


All of our recipes have been designed using the finest oils and butter's to ensure your skin is gently cleansed, moisturised and protected without the use of harsh chemical and synthetic ingredients.


Our soap is produced using the traditional cold process technique and we colour and scent our products with aromatherapy grade essential oils and mineral pigments.




Change is coming to the way we eat, live and manage our resources. Rooted: Plant-Based PR was created to enhance the profile of products and influencers from the vegan and plant-based movements.


A growing team of experienced journalists and communications experts, we offer expert editorial and creative content, delivered through carefully planned and commercially aligned PR campaigns. Are you investing in the plant-based movement? Developing a new vegan food range? Or launching sustainable packaging? We want to help you grow.






Cartoon of mermaid covered in the detris of man made rubbish dumped in the oceans. 



Original artwork by Helen Wright, all rights reserved 2018.

vegan friendly eateries near us

This section focuses on Dunfermline restaurants and cafes we've either visited and enjoyed, or have heard good things about from our guests. There are other great sites out there (see recommended sites above) to help you find vegan delectables in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Currently not much is out there for Dunfermline, and as it's on our door step we thought we'd have a bash at rectifying that. As such this is not a complete list (yet), and we welcome any feedback, suggestions and bribes to include further eateries.

Tapas Ducal

6 - 8 Netherdown Broad Street, Dunfermline, KY12 7DS

Opening Hours: Wednesday - Sunday 4pm (kitchen closes at 9.30pm) Closed Monday & Tuesday

Phone: +44 (0)1383 725 806  http://www.tapasducal.co.uk/welcome.html


Selection of vegan tapas dishes


Very clued up on all things vegan, with a great vegan menu. The dishes we tried (and we tried quite a few, see photo above) were delicious and at a great place. They have a lovely little beer garden for when the suns out and it really did feel like we'd been transported to Spain as we sipped our vegan friendly drinks and tasted a little of everything. Highly recommended.


A little corner of Spain right in your neighbourhood. We offer authentic homemade Spanish Tapas


Where better to sample delicious

Spanish Tapas, Paella & Charcuteria


Our cosy bar offers a wide range of bottled beers, Spanish wines,spirits & cocktails.

Carlucci Italian Restaurant

8 - 12 High Street, Dunfermline, KY12 7AR

Opening Hours: Sunday - Thursday 12pm - 9pm, Friday & Saturday 12pm - 10pm

Phone: +44 (0)1383 721194 https://www.carluccirestaurant.co.uk/



Carlucci's are working to provide vegan alternatives for their entire menu which is pretty impressive and commendable. We've been a few times now, love their spaghetti and "meatballs", and the size of the portions is more than generous.


Our one reservation is the Seiten steaks which in our opinion are over priced, and when we tried them came with the option of salad or chips. Choosing the chips we were disappointed to get a tiny amount of them, and despite the sauce on the steaks being heavenly the steaks themselves were bland and chewy, not what you'd expect for the price.  Given a few tweaks, and priced more reasonably, they will no doubt match the high quality of the other items on the menu.


That one criticism aside, the other selections from the menu we've eaten will happily keep us going back for more.


The inspiration of our Menus, created by our distinguished chefs, finds its roots in the oldest Italian culinary traditions loved by millions of discerning diners around the globe. Working with the very best ingredients and suppliers from the UK and Italy, we endeavour to bring you the taste and enjoyment that such inspiration can deliver, to delight your palate with the sense and allure that set our Mediterranean Cuisine above all others. Explore our wine list, created by our dedicated wine team, or allow our creative bar team to delight you with a cocktail of your choice.



Seven Kings

32 - 42 Bridge Street, Dunfermline, KY12 8DA

Opening Hours: 9am - midnight, with food served until 10pm

Phone: +44 (0)1383 736290  https://www.belhavenpubs.co.uk/pubs/fife/seven-kings/


Guests who've visited (shout out to Andreas and her husband) have heartily recommended the Vegan Fish Fillets & Chips. They also do a salad or two, and some lovely vegan cake.

Heaven Scent Cafe, Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries

1 - 7 Abbot Street, Dunfermline, KY12 7NL

Opening Hours: Please see their website for details


Located on the first floor of the Carnegie Library and Galleries, Heaven Scent is perfectly situated to have a tasty lunch or afternoon tea after exploring the best Dunfermline has to offer, most of which are conveniently located close by along or near Abbot Street.


With views of the Abbey, and a balcony over looking a pleasant garden (at the time of writing the maze they are growing is still struggling to reach knee height), it's one of our favourite spots to have a cuppa and a wee blether.  The galleries are well worth a look, with new exhibits alongside a gallery that tells the fascinating history of Dunfermline’s mining and linen trade, as well as giving a glimpse of the town through the ages.


In the cafe itself you can get a selection of vegan wraps, soup, and staff that are happy to put something together for you if you ask. Vegan milk isn't an issue either, as they always seem to have a selection available.

brief glossary of Scottish words & phrases


aboot (a-boot) About


afore (a-fore) Before. Perhaps most recognisable from the lyrics to the classic Scottish song The Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond:


"O ye'll tak' the high road, and I'll tak' the low road,


And I'll be in Scotland a'fore ye,


But me and my true love will never meet again,


On the bonnie, bonnie banks o' Loch Lomond."


auld (rhymes with "scald") Old. Edinburgh is often referred to by its nickname of Auld Reekie, which translates as Old Smoky because of its appearance from the countryside. This affectionate colloquialism is attributed to a Fife laird, Durham of Largo who is said to have determined the bedtime of his children by the smoke rising over Edinburgh from the fires of its many tenements. "It's time now bairns, to tak' the beuks, and gang to our beds, for yonder's Auld Reekie, I see, putting on her nicht-cap!"


bairn A baby or young child. Depending on where you are in Scotland you might hear the word wean (rhymes with "Wayne") used instead.


bonnie or bonny Attractive, nice to look at. "That was a bonnie room we stayed in at The Cosy Vegan" (who says advertising has to be subtle?)


braw (ryhmes with "claw") Something or someone that is good / excellent. "It's a braw day", "he's looking braw in those new trews."


carrie-oot or carry-out is a Scottish term for take out, or take away food / drink. It also refers to the establishment the items come from. "Does that Indian carry-out sell beers?"


crabbit  Someone in an ill-humour, grumpy and best left alone!


craic Not to be confused with either the Irish meaning, or the illegal substance, crack in Scottish translates as having a chat, catch up or gossip. "What's the crack?"


dae (day) "Nae, I'll dae the washing up, you put your feet up" a sentence I never seem to hear... To do.


dreich (dreeCH) Often used to refer to the weather, it translates as bleak, dreary, tedious. "Its a dreich autumn this year." Also used in general, i.e. "that's one of the dreichest houses in the street."


eejit According to my partner in crime at The Cosy Vegan this is a term of endearment and respect, and peppers much of her conversation when referring to me. Having done some research I'm less than satisfied with her translation! Used in both Scotland and Ireland, and means "idiot".


erse This ones rated suitable for over 18's only. "Arse". (blushes)


feart (feert) To be afraid, afeared.


firth Similar to fjord, it denotes various coastal waters in Scotland, usually a small inlet in the Northern Isles.


game or gemme Glaswegian in origin,  indicating things are happening as intended, or in a way approved off. Or they might just be talking about a sports event etc. "Still Game" is Scotland's finest comedy series, and well worth a watch via Netflix.


geein me the boak - When something makes you feel nauseas. "Had a carry-out last night, wis pure mingin'! It wis geein me the boak. I wish we'd had a nice, affordable and delicious evening meal at The Cosy Vegan instead."  (Subtlety once more goes out the window...)


hae Have.


heart-roasted or hert-roastid Meaning to be greatly troubled, worried or frustrated by something.



inch A small island, or can also refer to an area of low-lying land next to a river.


ither (rhymes with hither) Other. "The ither book, nae that yin!"


jakie (rhymes with shaky) Not the most compassionate of terms, used in Glasgow to describe an alcoholic, usually (but not always) homeless.


jessie Used to describe a man the speaker perceives as effeminate, weak or cowardly.


To be continued...


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nae (nei) The Scottish equivalent of no/not. "That's nae bother" = "That's not a problem".

















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For such a small country Scotland has a lot to offer the vegan traveller and being fallible creatures we know this isn't by any means a definitive list, so If you have any suggestions, or are a small business, social enterprise or charity and would like to be included, please get in touch via the form on the contact us

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