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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. Robertson of Stonehaven

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    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Stonehaven

    High quality bakers and caterers in Stonehaven.

  2. Nature's Corner

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    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Callander

  3. Edinburgh Preserves

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    Producers & Specialist Shops

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    Gullane

    Country kitchen style preserves

  4. Farmers' Market - Ardrishaig

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    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Ardrishaig

    When: 2nd Saturday of each month, 10am - 1pm. Where: Chalmers Street, Ardrishaig. One of the friendliest markets in Argyll, Ardrishaig Farmers' Market offers the best seasonal, local food and drink directly from the producers.

  5. Tomatin Distillery

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    Distilleries

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Tomatin

    Tomatin Distillery is located just 16 miles north of Aviemore and 15 miles south of Inverness on the main A9 trunk route. Visit the distillery and take a tour to learn more about the whisky making process and taste our fine whisky.

  6. Aberlour Distillery

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    Distilleries

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    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Rothes

    An in-depth tour of Aberlour Distillery so that the discerning visitor can enjoy the true Aberlour Experience.

  7. Island Cheese Company

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    Producers & Specialist Shops

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    Arran

    Watch cheese being made using milk from 3 local dairy farms, at the family cheese company set on the home farm of Brodick castle.

  8. Lochlands Mill

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    Cafes & Tearooms

    Gradings

    Forfar

    Welcome to Lochlands Mill

  9. Farmers' Market - Alford

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    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Alford

    When: 4th Saturday of each month, 10am - 2pm. Where: Alford Heritage Centre, Alford. Since its launch in 2009, the popular Alford Farmers' Market has gone from strength to strength, with a range of stalls offering locally produced items.

  10. MacQueen Butchers

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    Butcher

    Gradings

    Rothesay

    Welcome to MacQueen Butchers

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