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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. Farmers' Market - Alford

    Type

    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.

  2. The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    The Society is opening its doors to all, with an invitation to discover their rare single casks from over 132 different distilleries in a series of specialist events and experiences. Visit their exclusive venues for an ever-changing sensory adventure

  3. Gradings

    Greenlaw

    We are a small family run licensed restaurant (sit-in and takeaway) in the heart of village of Greenlaw on the main A697 route between Edinburgh and Newcastle. We serve traditional menu with all your favourites, plus some homemade specials.

  4. Kylestrome Bar & Grill

    Type

    Restaurants

    Gradings

    Ayr

    DAILY RECORD HOT PLATE WINNER 2012 by Tam Cowan --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

  5. Farmers' Market - Kilmarnock

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Kilmarnock

    When: 3rd Saturday of each month, 9am - 1pm. Where: Foregate Square, Kilmarnock. Visit this bustling indoor market for some quality local produce such as grass-reared Ayrshire lamb.

  6. The Commodore

    Type

    Bar and Pub Food

    Gradings

    Holm

    Welcome to The Commodore

  7. Morgan McVeighs of Colpy

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

  8. Croft 36

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Harris

    Seafood is prepared on-site, on a daily basis, into a range of meals which are delivered hot to cottages, serviced accommodation, campervans and tents in South Harris. Menu available!

  9. The Barn, By Tighnabruaich

    Type

    Cafes & Tearooms

    Gradings

    Tighnabruaich

    The Barn is a small, friendly cafe in a beautifully renovated cattle byre. We are a relaxed, family friendly place with a small menu of fresh and local produce. Most of the vegetables are from our own garden, and eggs from our chickens.

  10. Ardshealach Smokehouse

    Type

    Smokeries & Smokehouses

    Gradings

    Glenuig

    Welcome to Ardshealach Smokehouse

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