Why do we Love Dunedin?

Nestled on the shores of St. Joseph sound, Dunedin has become an international sensation among travelers. Unique in every aspect, from shopping on Main St. to enjoying waterfront dining near the city’s quaint Marina district. Known for its vibrant art scene, charming galleries and lively downtown the city also hosts 25 festivals annually.  (Special Event Calendar)

Honeymoon Island State Park, home to 4 miles of beach with great swimming, fishing and shelling. There is also a section of beach that you can take your pet. Pets must be kept on a six-foot handheld leash while they are in the park.  Take the ferry and skip over to nearby Caladesi Island State Park, one of the last undeveloped barrier islands on Florida’s coastline. There you can enjoy swimming, sunbathing and fishing. Nature-lovers can view wildlife while walking an interior nature trail or paddling the 3-mile kayak trail through the mangroves and bay.

Dunedin is the Spring Training home to the Toronto Blue Jays and hosts major league greats year round.

Voted “Best Little Walking Town in America” by Walking Magazine, one feels they have returned home to small town America in Dunedin. A picturesque city with a hometown feel. The Pinellas Bike Trail a 37 mile trail, snaking its way through the county, runs through the heart of downtown. For the history buffs, a must stop and see, is the Historical Museum in the heart of downtown..
Live Music: There are over 17 Live Music Venues every weekend in Dunedin

In the Downtown Area: Clearsky Draught House; Scottish Cultural Center (Scottish Hall) – Home of the Haggis Celtic Concerts; Caledonia Brewing Co; Pisces; The Living Room; Dunedin Smokehouse; Bausers Bar; Flanagans Irish Bar; Stirling Wines; The Bull & Crown; Rosies Tavern;  Bon Appetite Outdoor Cafe;  Lucky Lobster;  Woodright Brewing; Dunedin Brewery (Florida’s Oldest Craft Brewery)

On the north of the City on the Dunedin Causeway: Cricketers Bar; Frenchy’s Island Outpost; and The Diner.

Where to Stay in Dunedin?

There are a number of fine hotels and B n B Facilities within walking distance of Downtown Dunedin. Please contact the hotel direct  for reservations.

Beso Del Sol Resort:                                                727-734-8851

The Best Western Plus Yacht Harbor Inn:        727-733-4121

Beyond the Wall BnB:                                            727-500-2337 (Beer)

Coconut Villas of Dunedin:                                  727-393-2534

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites:                  727-450-1200

Fenway Hotel:                                                         844-569-9879

Meranova BnB:                                                       727-733-9248


Haggis Fun Stuff

The Haggis Hunt

by Legend

I’m off to the Highlands of Scotland, to hunt for that glorious beast
That is known as a  wild mountain Haggis, and is deemed a most succulent feast

I have hired that world famous tracker one Angus McDougal McBride
Who was raised in the pure purple heather so he knows where the Haggis’s hide

He’s aware of their tricks and their foibles that they use to disguise they exist
There are rules that he said I must follow and preceded  to hand me  a list

The females,  they are protected in hope of preserving the stock
So be sure when your aiming to shoot one your bagpipes are aimed at the cock

In looks, they’re identical creatures so its hard know which one is which
There is only one way to be certain memorize it and they’ll be no hitch

Because they are mountain side dwellers they have legs of a different size
It stops them from tumbling over a balancing sort of devise

The males have long legs on the left side females have got theirs on the right
So they both run in different directions when ever a hunters in sight

The hens always run anti clock ways that’s the easiest way to recall
If  by chance she should change her direction because of her legs she would fall

Well I got me a twin barreled bagpipes it seems it’s the weapon required
One barrel calls out to the haggis from the other hot porridge is fired

Daily we trudged through the heather hoping to come on a trail
I regularly blew on the bagpipes my efforts  though proved no avail

After six days and nights I was tired so decided to call it a day
The calls from the bagpipes were useless in the end I just threw it away

Collecting my bags from the hotel as I sat there awaiting the bus
I heard a strange wail from the lounge bar and I wondered just what was the fuss

Slowly I crept  to the window and taking a quick look inside
There were nigh on  one hundred wild haggis providing the drinks for McBride

In anger I stood and I listened as he sipped on the pure Scottish mist
Saying that’s one more Sassenach hunter who believes you no longer exist

So I’m off the hills and the valleys In the hopes to discover the trails
Of a creature that’s known as a Rarebit That lives wild in the mountains of Wales

The Haggis

A small, rough and scruffy creature with four legs, the wild haggis is said to be native to the plenteous mountains in Scotland. It scurries on four legs, with the legs on one side of its body significantly shorter than the others. This allows for easier, more balanced movement around the steep sides of the Scottish hills and mountains. You can tell the male and female haggis apart because each has its short legs on opposing sides. Legend has it that this is because it makes for an easier meeting when the destined couple are running round the mountains. The creature itself however is hard to find, even during ‘haggis hunting’ season. There is no hard evidence to prove the existence of the mysterious critter…yet!
The Haggis we eat is made from a delicious blend of traditional Scottish oats, spices, onions and seasoning with only the finest delicate meats. The History of eating Haggis goes back to Roman Times, and the legend has it that the Roman soldiers, as they marched across Europe would kill what they needed each night, and whatever was left at the end of the feast was “Packed” into the animals (Sheep/Cow/Pigs) stomach and then tied to their belt so they could eat on the march the following day!
However, as the saying goes, there is no smoke without fire, and the Scottish legend of the haggis is certainly a strong one. With the vast uninhabited countryside, strewn with ample forests there would certainly be plenty of hiding spaces for this wee creature. In Scotland it could be quite possible for a small slippery ‘haggis like’ creature to elude detection.  He/She hides out with the Loch Ness Monster and keep in touch with their cousins the Kelpies!
Whatever the truth, a bit of mystery never goes unwelcome with the bustling tourist industry. Scottish culture is laden with myth and legend, and that is what makes Scotland all the more interesting!