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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. James's Chocolates

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Arran

    See handmade chocolates getting made, then you can buy afterwards.

  2. Craigies Farm

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    • Taste Our Best
    Taste Our Best

    Edinburgh

    Many, many loyal customers come back every year to pick their own fruit, to enjoy fresh, fill their freezers and make jam to use over the winter. We reserve the right to weigh you after picking fruit!

  3. Waulkmill Cider

    Type

    Drink Suppliers

    Gradings

    Langholm

    Scottish Cider and Perry made using very old Tradditional methods.Cider vinegar is produced by the "Orlene's" method of production and can take up to 9 months and is then matured in 90 yr Old Oak Rum Barrels

  4. Usan Salmon Fisheries Ltd

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Montrose

    Our family business (established in the 1960's) is now one of the largest independently owned salmon netting firms in Scotland. We have the fourth generation of our family starting in the business now.

  5. Croft 36

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Harris

    Seafood is prepared on-site, on a daily basis, into a range of meals which are delivered hot to cottages, serviced accommodation, campervans and tents in South Harris. Menu available!

  6. The Gourmet's Lair

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Inverness

    Family-owned deli with the finest and widest choice of cheese in the Highlands as well as a superb range of olives and charcuterie.

  7. Peckham's

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Highly successful and well respected licensed delicatessen and restaurant group, widely recognised as the best of its kind in Scotland.

  8. Overton Farm Farmers' Market

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Clarkston

    Clarkston's market can have up to 18 producers attending each month.

  9. Cochrane's Kitchen

    Type

    Cafes & Tearooms

    Gradings

    Kirkcaldy, Leven and District

    Welcome to Cochrane's Kitchen

  10. Cairn O'Mohr Country Wines

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Perth

    Cairn O'Mohr award winning Scottish fruit wines are made from berries, flowers and leaves that grow around about us here on the farm.

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