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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

Picnic recipes
Embrace summer with these recipes - perfect for your picnic basket! ››

Embrace summer with these recipes - perfect for your picnic basket!

  • 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. Gordon & Macphail

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Elgin

    Established in 1895 as a traditional grocer, wine and spirit merchant.

  2. Caithness Cheese

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Lybster

    Caithness Cheese is a 10 year old family run business,supplying a wide range of cheeses across the UK. (mail order)

  3. Cadenhead's Whisky Shop

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Whisky shop, home of Scotland's oldest independent bottler, established in 1842.

  4. Henderson Wines

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Sells over 1200 wines for sale as well as over 100 beers and 50 Malts.

  5. Gradings

    • Taste Our Best
    Taste Our Best

    Edinburgh - City Centre

    Located within The Scotch Whisky Experience, Amber Whisky Bar has a mission to inform and impassion people about Scotch Whisky. 380+ Whiskies, superb Scottish cuisine, and an informal, friendly atmosphere make this a must visit bar.

  6. Gradings

    Pitlochry

    Welcome to Robertsons of Pitlochry ltd

  7. Charles MacLeod Family

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Lewis

    Butcher famous for its black pudding.

  8. Campbeltown Farmers' Market

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Campbeltown

    Market is organised by the local producers and has become a very important focal point for the community to gather each month making it well worth a visit for the tourist who will be made to feel very welcome.

  9. The Garden House

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Milngavie

    Farm shop and garden centre within well known park

  10. George Armstrong, Fishmonger

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Fishmonger and smokery in Stockbridge.

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