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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. Millstone

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Oban

    Locally owned and operated since 1978 Millstone has been a cornerstone of healthy eating in the West Highlands. Based in Oban we have a lavish selection of Organic produce, a very complete supplements department and much more.

  2. Isle of Skye Fudge Company

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Dunvegan

    Isle of Skye Fudge Company makes this finest quality Scottish tablet in a small lochside kitchen on the north west coast of Skye.

  3. Farmers' Market - Strathaven

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Strathaven

    Taking place on the 2nd Saturday of each month in the picturesque town centre of Strathaven, with up to 15 stalls of local produce direct from the producers

  4. Gradings

    Lochs

    Welcome to Island Arts Gallery and Coffee Shop. This is an exciting art experience with a Gallery full of colour and light. We sell affordable Original Paintings from £50 to £500. We also sell Art Prints, Handmade Crafts and Published Cards.

  5. Elgin Farmers Market

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Elgin

    The market has a good selection of local vegetables and fruit, locally produced cheeses and Aberdeen Angus meat as well as bread and home-bakes.

  6. Roots

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Health store focusing on healthy living and organic produce.

  7. 26 Brewery Street

    Type

    Cafes & Tearooms

    Gradings

    Dumfries

    Welcome to 26 Brewery Street

  8. Delizique

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Glasgow

    Deli using seasonal fresh well sourced food, with in-store bakery.

  9. Herbie of Edinburgh

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Edinburgh deli chain.

  10. I J Mellis Cheesemonger

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Specialist cheesemonger.

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