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Iain R Spink with his Arbroath Smokies © James Fraser Photography
Arbroath Smokies

Iain R. Spink shows how he smokes on location in the traditional way.

  • Arbroath Smokies
    Arbroath Smokies
  • A stall at Blairgowrie community farmers' market
    Blairgowrie farmers' market
  • Cheeses at St Andrew's Farmhouse Cheese Company
    St Andrew's Farmhouse Cheese Company
  • A dish of haggis, neeps and tatties at the Failford Inn, South Ayrshire
    A dish of haggis, neeps and tatties at the Failford Inn, South Ayrshire
  • Rack of Scottish Borders' lamb
    Rack of Scottish Borders' lamb

Although the country's national dish, haggis, is one of the best known traditional Scottish foods, there are many more sumptuous offerings and local flavours to enjoy.

From the sea

Scotland is well-known for its wonderful fish and seafood and there are many places where you can watch the day's catch being brought in from the boats. Be sure to try some of the country's favourite fish dishes including Cullen Skink, Finnan Haddie and, of course, traditional fish and chips.

One of the country's most distinctive fish dishes is Arbroath Smokies. They are created by smoke-curing haddock over hot oak chips which gives the fish a strong flavour and rich, golden colour. Arbroath in Angus is the only place that the delicacy is produced, and only haddock smoked within five miles of the town can be called a genuine Smokie.

From the land

Not only that, but Scotland is also known for the quality of its beef, lamb and pork. The rich flavour of the Aberdeen Angus breed of cattle, or the unique taste of North Ronaldsay lamb, which feed almost entirely on seaweed, are just two of the examples of Scotland's world-famous produce. Don't miss out on seasonal game too, including wild venison and pheasant.

Sweet treats

Enjoy traditional sweet treats from around the country such as one of Scotland's oldest and most famed recipes - the Selkirk Bannock. The fruit cake is said to have first been made by Robbie Douglas who opened his shop in the Scottish Borders in 1859. Queen Victoria is famously said to have refused all else with her tea apart from a slice of bannock when she visited Sir Walter Scott’s granddaughter in Abbotsford.

If you have a really sweet tooth, you will love Scotland’s array of sugary treats. Sample tasty Scottish tablet, similar to fudge but with a harder, grainy texture, or the Borders’ Moffat Toffee which are in fact hard boiled sweets with a lemon-flavoured centre.

There are also plenty unique cheeses and dairy produce to taste, from Dumfries & Galloway and Ayrshire & Arran, to Orkney and beyond.

Scotch whisky is reputed the world over and you can find it used in recipes throughout the country. A particularly indulgent example is the dessert, Cranachan, which is often enjoyed at Scottish banquets, It is made from a mixture of whipped cream, whisky, honey, fresh raspberries and topped with toasted oats - a real guilty pleasure.

Buy local

Sample delicious local produce at restaurants and eateries across the country, or pick up your own ingredients to recreate these dishes yourself at Scotland's many farmers' markets and specialist food shops.

Browse the listings to discover more local produce and producers across Scotland.

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  1. Farmers' Market - Aberdeen

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    When: Last Saturday of each month, 9am ' 5pm. Where: Belmont Street, Aberdeen. Make your way to the heart of Aberdeen to sample quality local produce such as succulent Aberdeen Angus beef.

  2. Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    The Marrbury Smokehouse shop and bistro at Carsluith Castle are a haven for food lovers, so much so that a trip to Scotland would not be complete without a visit to the Marrbury Smokehouse retail premises at Carsluith Castle.

  3. Craigard

    Type

    Restaurants

    Gradings

    Helensburgh

    A traditional Scottish restaurant (licensed) with extensive knowledge of the local area and tartans and clans crests adorning the walls. Real old fashioned homemade food and an extensive range of mouthwatering homebaking.

  4. Chain Bridge Honey Farm

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Paxton

    Visit The Chain Bridge Honey Farm visitor centre to discover the tales of bees and honey.

  5. Inverurie Farmers Market

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Inverurie

    See a variety of quality, local produce.

  6. The Store

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    • 4 Tourist Shop
    4 Tourist Shop

    Ellon

    Family owned, Aberdeen Angus beef farmers

  7. Hebridean Smokehouse Ltd

    Type

    Smokeries & Smokehouses

    Gradings

    Grimsay

    Locally produced peat smoked salmon and sea trout.

  8. The Milk Barn

    Type

    Food & Drink Visitor Attraction

    Gradings

    Falkirk

    Welcome to The Milk Barn, we make some of the best Ice Cream in Scotland using milk from our very own herd of cows!

  9. The Green Shack

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Oban

    Welcome to The green shack

  10. Au Gourmand

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Deli and bakery. Producing bread & patisserie. Specialises in French produce.

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