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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

  • 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

    Port Seton

    The McKirdy's have been butchers in and around Edinburgh and East Lothian since 1895, gaining a reputation for the very highest quality meat available; a quality that is now available at: McKirdy's Steakhouse Morrison Street Edinburgh.

  2. St Mary’s Market (Saturdays)

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Welcome to St Mary's Market

  3. Kirkintilloch Farmers' Market

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Glasgow

    Held in the centre of the town this splendid market is run by the Renfrewshire Farmers' Market Co-operative and has a wide varity of producers from all over the region, a lovely way to spend a Wednesday morning.

  4. Scottish Antiques and Arts Centre

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Abernyte

    At Ruryk Fare, we pride ourselves on selling fine Scottish food from all over the country. We are based in Perthshire but have customers throughout the world - we want you to enjoy a taste of Scotland no matter where you are!

  5. Robertson's of Pitlochry

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Pitlochry

    Deli situated in the prize winning main street in Pitlochry. Specialising in whisky along with a massive varied selection of products including: Vignotte, cheeses and soups.

  6. Crombie's of Edinburgh

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Butchers selling traditional, specialist and gourmet sausages and haggis. (mail order).

  7. Gradings

    Lochs

    This is an exciting art experience with a Gallery full of colour and light. We sell affordable Original Paintings from £50 to £500 by Debbie Cullis and Paul Smith. We also sell Art Prints, Handmade Crafts and Published Cards.

  8. Lochlands Mill

    Type

    Cafes & Tearooms

    Gradings

    Forfar

    Welcome to Lochlands Mill

  9. 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!

  10. Capaldi's of Brora

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Brora

    Ice-cream made in the Northern Highlands using a traditional Italian recipe.

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