Scotland is more beautiful than Ireland
Scotland and Ireland in comparison
I spent two days in the capital Edinburgh and one day in Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland.
First of all, a few things that Scotland and Ireland have in common:
- English as the main official language
- a form of Gaelic as another official language
- Breakfast as a multi-course meal, including warm meals, such as sausages, scrambled or fried eggs, bacon and tomatoes
- famous for whiskey / whiskey
- Left-hand traffic
- beautiful landscapes
I noticed the following differences:
- Supplement to English: the pronunciation is different. For example, the Scots roll the “R” (I think that's what they're very famous for). The Irish don't do that and they can't do it at all. I've tried some Irish and none of them could roll the "R".
- Supplement to Gaelic: Although one type of Gaelic is spoken in both countries, the languages are different. In Scotland it is called Scottish Gaelic and in Ireland it is Irish.
- Complement to breakfast: the components of breakfast vary a bit. That is why the Scots call their typical breakfast "Full Scottish Breakfast" and the Irish call it "Full Irish Breakfast".
- Complement to whiskey / whiskey: Scotch whiskey is available in Scotland and Irish whiskey in Ireland. Note the spelling with or without "e". To date, it is not clear whether Scotland or Ireland is the country of origin of the whisk (e) y.
- You can find Highland Cows on postcards in Scotland, often with funny greetings. That leads me to conclude that there are quite a few of these cattle in Scotland and that they are "typically Scottish". Of course it immediately occurred to me that there are postcards and souvenirs of sheep everywhere in Ireland. When you drive through the country, you see one sheep pasture after the other.
- The currency in Scotland is the pound. Ireland has the euro. The reason for this is that Scotland belongs to Great Britain, just like Northern Ireland, by the way, and the pound is the currency there. The Republic of Ireland, on the other hand, has the euro. It was very confusing for me. The first time I was asked to pay in pounds, namely on the bus at the airport, instead of 6 pounds I took 6 euros out of my wallet. It is also difficult to estimate the prices correctly because you always have to convert everything in your head. Incidentally, 1 euro corresponds to approx. 0.84 British pounds.
- Telephone boxes are red in Scotland and green in Ireland.
- Kilt and bagpipes are of course typically Scottish. I can't think of a counterpart to that in Ireland now. At most, the harp as an instrument, as it is also depicted on the Irish coat of arms, the euro coins and the Guinness.
- Typical of Scottish cuisine are haggis (stuffed sheep's stomach), deep-fried Mars bars and Irn Bru (a soft drink). That doesn't sound very appetizing. The fried Mars bar was surprisingly good! Irn Bru is a little too sweet for my taste. Ireland has, for example, Irish stew (lamb with vegetables) as a traditional dish, which I like. Irish Coffee (coffee with cream and Irish whiskey) is also very well known.
Conclusion: Scotland and Ireland have a lot in common, but they differ in themselves.
Personally, I think Edinburgh is a nicer city than Dublin. If only because of the castle on a hill in the middle of the city. I liked Scotland very much and I would definitely like to go there again to see more of the beautiful landscapes, including Loch Ness of course. ;-)
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