Again! More fake news to report. The haggis is not extinct. In fact, after a long afternoon and evening at the Hotel Sligachan pub on Skye, I spotted one while walking (after a fashion) on the footpath along Loch Sligachan on my way home to my croft in The Braes. I’m not quite sure whether it was wild or domesticated (it is often hard to tell the difference, even under the best of circumstances) but it definitely was a haggis. I think. D
You can easily identify them by the way they have 2 longer legs on one side than on the other. So they can walk round hills easily. Unfortunately for them it also makes them easy to catch as all you have to do is to approach them from the front - when they turn round to run away from you they fall over. I'm sure you'll be able to catch one before January the 25th for your Burns' Supper.
I noted the reference in «Tips and Notes » to vegetarian haggis. I’m intrigued and willing to give it a try. But first a few questions. Are they grown from seed? If so, does anyone know of a reliable source? Can they be grown indoors as well as outdoors? Would haggis grown outdoors be considered «wild » and those grown indoors «domestic »? D
I thought that meant they eat a herbivore diet instead a carnivorous/omnivorous one? I think I got it from this poem:
My heart’s in the Highlands, twa strings on my bow
To hunt the fierce haggis, man’s awfu’est foe.
And weel may my bairn ha’ a tear in his ee.
For I shallna come back if the haggis hunts me.
I therefore presumed the haggis tries to eat you and the hunt is a very dangerous activity. Thank gods for this new breed, perhaps similar to the lost domestic ones!