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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. Walker's Coffee House

    Type

    Cafes & Tearooms

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    Galashiels

    Walker's Coffee House Galashiels serves quality coffees.

  2. Scoop Wholefoods

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Lerwick

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

  3. Balerno Farmers' Market

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Balerno

    Set in the idyllic setting of the main street, the Balerno Farmers' Market is held on the 2nd Saturday of each month between 10am -1pm. The market has a wide range of produce on offer. Come along and catch up with your friends.

  4. Teviot Smokery And Watergardens

    Type

    Smokeries & Smokehouses

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Kelso

    The Teviot Smokery and Water Gardens is a family run business located on the banks of the River Teviot in an 18th Century Coaching Inn.

  5. Foodmarket - Harvey Nichols

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Harvey Nichols Foodmarket in St Andrews Square, Edinburgh.

  6. Vanilla Black at the Theatre

    Type

    Cafes & Tearooms

    Gradings

    Glasgow City Centre

    Welcome to Vanilla Black at the Theatre

  7. Capaldi's of Brora

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Brora

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

  8. Blackaddie Country House Hotel Cookery School

    Type

    Food & Drink Visitor Attraction

    Gradings

    Sanquhar

    Our cookery school classes are held every month and while they are only one day cookery classes why not make a break of it, arrive the night before and enjoy a drinks reception along with a sumptuous 4 course dinner before the cookery class the next

  9. James's Chocolates

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Arran

    See handmade chocolates getting made, then you can buy afterwards.

  10. Ullapool Bakery

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Ullapool

    At first we concentrated on traditional bakery products, but soon realised that farm markets and country shows provide a wonderful marketplace for the more speciality breads, flavoured oatcakes and shortbread that we enjoy baking far more.

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