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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. Farmers' Market - Ardrishaig


    Farmers Markets & Shops



    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.

  2. Croft 36


    Farmers Markets & Shops



    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!

  3. Scoop Wholefoods


    Producers & Specialist Shops



    Scoop Wholefoods stock a wide range of quality and specialist foods.

  4. Farmers' Market - Lorn


    Farmers Markets & Shops



    When: 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, 10am - 3pm. Where: Kintaline Farm, Lorn. Come along to this popular market which showcases the best locally grown produce and the finest creative arts.

  5. Gradings


    For those seeking a sweet indulgence, the Cocoa Black chocolate school in Peebles will prove a sweet, satisfying find.

  6. Puddledub Pork and Fifeshire Bacon Co


    Farmers Markets & Shops


    Kirkcaldy, Leven and District

    We offer you the opportunity to have real dry cured-bacon, fine hams, delicious sausages and fresh tasty pork delivered to your home.

  7. Fencebay Fisheries


    Producers & Specialist Shops



    Farm Shop specialising in fish, shellfish, dairy products, meats and chutneys. Restaurant on site as well.

  8. Stewart Tower Dairy


    Producers & Specialist Shops



    High quality ice cream using fresh milk from the Stewart Tower Dairy herd.

  9. Gradings


    Welcome to Benmore Cafe

  10. Donaldsons of Orkney


    Producers & Specialist Shops



    For three generations and over 50 years, Donaldsons have been pushing the boundaries of innovation in the meat trade with many exciting new products, without losing sight of the traditional flavours and recipes that founded the business.


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