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Vegan hillwalkers scottish highlands

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  1. Lee Harley-MarshallAdam

    Lee Harley-MarshallAdam New Member

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    I am looking for people to answer a couple of questions about access to vegan foods in the scottish highlands which appears to be very limited.

    I am doing a study into how many people would be interested in vegan restaurants. Would be really grateful if you could answer a couple of questions please.

    1 - Have you ever visited the Scottish Highlands?

    2 - Do you feel vegans are adequately provided for in the highlands?

    3 - Would you entertain eating in a vegan restaurant or cafe based in one of the popular highland destinations
     
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    Please define "Scottish Highlands".

    Also, there are a number of Scottish vegan pages on Facebook where you might get more replies,
     
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    Undefined currently North of fort William and south of ullapool.
     
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    1 - Have you ever visited the Scottish Highlands?
    Yes.

    2 - Do you feel vegans are adequately provided for in the highlands?
    I don't know. I doubt it.

    3 - Would you entertain eating in a vegan restaurant or cafe based in one of the popular highland destinations?
    Sure.

    I think the question here is whether any place in the highlands would be big enough to get enough customers to fill up a vegan restaurant. Vegans are only 1% of the population (or something like that) so restaurants catering to vegans must either be in large cities or attract plenty of non-vegans.

    In a mid sized town, I would have a vegan restaurant/cafe and target the local and general tourist population by promoting it as a good quality restaurant with good quality food, but without using the word vegan. Meanwhile, promote it online as vegan using a separate marketing strategy the vegan community which are so desperate for anything vegan that you only have to do a half-hearted effort to get the ball rolling and they promote it for you.

    I suggest either a small restuarant with only a few tables, or more like cafe or a stall. A big restaurant would be risky.

    You mentioned hillwalkers. You could sell road-side snacks on the way to a popular trekking route or mountain again using online promotion to vegans and a different approach to passers by. But that would only work in season (July/August) not a year round business.

    All of this is based on common sense, and not on a knowledge of the highlands. I mostly only know the hebredies and even that was years ago.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback Jamie much appreciated with some good food for thought, pardon the pun. Lee
     
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    I have pondered the same questions as l would like to visit family roots and lost family.
    It may seem difficult but if there are grocery stores then you will be able to do it but l am thinking that it may be necessary to compromise my lifestyle temporarily. I would suggest that when in Rome do as the Romans as you may find that local foods are indeed part of the experience.
     
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    Augh come on Windrose. You’ve got to be kidding. You cannot be suggesting that a vegan visiting Scotland should be eating haggis.

    How about lobster in New Brunswick, paella in Spain, jerk chicken in Jamaica, elephant soup in Burundi or bat soup in Palau?

    I have walked extensively the hills of the Trossachs and the Highlands and travelled much of the world without having to compromise my beliefs. All it needs is a bit of forward planning and a tad of determination. There is no will power involved because being vegan is being vegan.

    “You cannot be serious.” John McEnroe.

    Roger.
     
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    you left out Seal Flipper and cod tongues in Newfoundland and whale blubber in the Arctic!;) Beaver tails are Vegan though!
     
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    A more general comment - only loosely related to the topic... I sometimes go hill walking. Sometimes moderate walks of 5 or 10 miles and occassionally 20-30 mile walks in order to get to mountain tops or really interesting places. On some of these, I even had to run parts to make it back in time. I live in South America so they have proper mountains here. 20-30 miles on hilly terrain is far harder than the same distance on the flat. A few times after doing this in hot conditions I've come back and found I lost 4 kilos in weight due to temporary dehydration and my body is a little hot to the touch as it tries to lose excess heat.

    I did this before I transitioned to a vegan diet, and I did it after. What I personally found is no difference whatsoever on my energy levels since going (mostly) vegan. I used to eat ham and cheese sandwiches, and now I take a tomato and an avacado and a knife and some bread. And supplement with crips, nuts, cookies etc.
     
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    I typically walk 8 miles a day (2 Hrs) and find that is about as long as l can go without having to carry water, maybe an orange for the juice/sugar. Any longer and l am packing lunch!
     

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