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

See expert Iain R. Spink prepare Arbroath Smokies on beautiful Auchmithie beach, where the delicacy originated many years ago

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  • 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 - Lorn


    Farmers Markets & Shops



    When: 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, 10am - 3pm. Where: Kintaline Farm, Lorn. Come along to this popular market which showcases the best locally grown produce and the finest creative arts.

  2. Loch Fyne Oyster Bar





    Founded in the 1970s, the original Loch Fyne Oyster Bar & Restaurant specialises in serving up seafood produced on the loch and in the in-house smokery. Menus are drawn up daily depending on seasonal availability.

  3. Gradings


    A warm welcome awaits you in The Maltings, our spectacular, best in class Coffee Shop. Relax and enjoy the unique atmosphere and handcrafted furnishings in this very special space which dates back to 1836.

  4. Real Foods - Brougham Street EH3 9JH


    Producers & Specialist Shops



    For over 40 years Real Foods has been selling natural, organic and vegetarian food in Edinburgh and worldwide. When you visit our shops you are visiting the largest independent Scottish retailer of Organic, Fairtrade, Vegetarian and Special Diet food

  5. Gradings

    • Taste Our Best
    Taste Our Best

    Castle Douglas

    Award-winning producers of the finest preserves. Visit our Coffee/Gift Shop to taste and much more. Looking for that unique gift, our specialist team will make a gift hamper to suit all budgets.

  6. Rothiemurchus Larder Shop


    Farmers Markets & Shops



    Farm shop; beef, game, smokery.

  7. Coco Chocolate of Bruntsfield


    Producers & Specialist Shops



    Welcome to Coco Chocolate Coco specialises in Fine Organic Chocolate. Coco only sells 'real chocolate'; that is chocolate with high cocoa content and all of the expensive & delicious cocoa butter.

  8. Gradings


    The Anchor Inn is a traditional country pub that dates back to the 1800's. It is set in the picturesque village of Garelochhead with stunning views out over the loch and north to the Arrochar Alps.

  9. Si! Cafe:Bar:Restaurant





    At Si! Cafe:Bar:Restaurant we look forward to welcoming you into a comfortable and stylish environment where classic drinks, quality dining and attentive service comes as standard. Irvine’s venue of choice with a stunning restaurant and v

  10. The Wild Olive Tree


    Cafes & Tearooms


    Glasgow City Centre

    The Wild Olive Tree cafe serves delicious home-made soups, scones, cakes and great coffee from 10.30 till 4.30 - Monday to Saturday.


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