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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. Gradings

    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Balmoral

    Royal Lochnagar Distillery is situated on the south side of the River Dee close to Balmoral Castle. Age old traditions and craftmanship produce one of Scotland's most exclusive whiskies. A visit to Royal Lochnagar is a timeless experience.

  2. The Hing Sing

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Excellent for all your Oriental needs, be it food items or cooking utensils, dishes etc.

  3. Glenmorangie Distillery

    Type

    Distilleries

    Gradings

    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Tain

    Glenmorangie Distillery has been producing its Single Highland malt Scotch whisky since 1843. Crafting the delicate spirit is entrusted to the legendary Sixteen Men of Tain.

  4. 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.

  5. Damn Delicious

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Biggar

    Producers of the finest Aberdeen Angus beef and Lamb. We have our own "on farm" butchery to prepare our beef and lamb to the highest standards and tailor your order to suit your needs.

  6. Macleans Bakery

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Benbecula

    A wide range of delicious breads, confectionery and crisp handmade oat cakes made to traditional recipes. This small independent bakery prides itself on the quality of its products.

  7. A. G. Barr

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Cumbernauld

    A. G. Barr produce a variety of soft drinks including Irn Bru - known as Scotland's second national drink.

  8. Edinburgh Liqueur Company Ltd

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    We manufacture and supply ' Cairns Scotch Whisky Liqueur ' , ' Thomson Superior Blended Whisky ' and independent bespoke Single Malt Whisky

  9. Equal Exchange

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Produces hundreds of Fair Trade products from Honey to Olive Oil to Walnuts.

  10. Blackaddie Country House Hotel Cookery School

    Type

    Food & Drink Visitor Attraction

    Gradings

    Sanquhar

    Our cookery school classes are held every month and while they are only one day cookery classes why not make a break of it, arrive the night before and enjoy a drinks reception along with a sumptuous 4 course dinner before the cookery class the next

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