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Scottish guidebook warns tourists to stay away from 'weird sausages'

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A visitor guidebook has warned tourists to stay away from "weird Scottish sausages".

The Insider's Guide to Scotland - written in Japanese and published in Edinburgh - is designed to educate visitors about the unusual customs that Scotland has to offer.

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Among the traditions listed, tourists are advised to refrain from referring to Scottish people as English and to stay clear of council estates.

Rather than providing readers with the background to some of these traditions, the author simply states their own puzzlement with the northern country. The book comments on the fact that not every Scottish person carries an umbrella when it rains - a trait that Japanese people tend to find very odd.

The author also slates Scottish service, informing tourists that they will not receive "quick, polite and accurate service", like they would in Japan. Elsewhere, the book reads: "Be patient anywhere in Scotland, it is not Japan."

Despite this, the guidebook does show some appreciation of Scottish customs. Visitors are urged to sample some of Scotland's famous Mackie's honeycomb ice cream as well as trying the famous Irn-Bru drink.

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