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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. Inverawe Smokehouses

    Type

    Smokeries & Smokehouses

    Gradings

    Taynuilt

    Traditional family run smokery, fishery and country park, close to Taynuilt and Oban.

  2. Chain Bridge Honey Farm

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Paxton

    Visit The Chain Bridge Honey Farm visitor centre to discover the tales of bees and honey.

  3. Brig Farm Shop

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Bridge of Earn

    Farm shop which specialises in beef and mutton. All meat and poultry are free range while fruit and vegetables offered include local and local organic - providing seasonal ingredients all year round.

  4. Woodside Farm Shop

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Along with souvenirs and books, you can purchase a wide range of farm produce such as preserves, honeys, gifts and locally grown fruit in the Farm Shop.

  5. 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.

  6. Robbie's Whisky Merchants

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Ayr

    Ayr's only independent and family run drinks retailer, specialising in rare, collectable and limited edition whiskies.

  7. The Galloway Smokehouse

    Type

    Smokeries & Smokehouses

    Gradings

    • 4 Tourist Shop
    4 Tourist Shop

    Newton Stewart

    Produces gourmet smoked foods using only the best local produce smoked over smouldering whisky-cask sawdust. We also sell fresh fish, lobsters, crabs and other seafood.

  8. Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    The Marrbury Smokehouse shop and bistro at Carsluith Castle are a haven for food lovers, so much so that a trip to Scotland would not be complete without a visit to the Marrbury Smokehouse retail premises at Carsluith Castle.

  9. Victor James Confectionery

    Type

    Craft, Baking & Confectionary

    Gradings

    Balfron

    Manufacturer of quality tablet and chocolates.

  10. Arran Dairies

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Arran

    Real traditional dairy ice cream

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