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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. The Cheesery

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Dundee City

    Situated one minute from Dundee's High Street in historic Exchange Street, The Cheesery is Dundee's award-winning independent specialist cheese shop.

  2. Jollys of Orkney

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Kirkwall

    Local Fresh & Smoked Fish & Orkney Produce

  3. Gradings

    Aberfoyle

    Welcome to The Scottish Wool Centre

  4. The Bakery Dunbar

    Type

    Craft, Baking & Confectionary

    Gradings

    Dunbar

    Putting the heart back into the loaf and the community. Everything is made on site. Bread is slow fermented, using artisan techniques. Pastry is made by hand daily and used in our croissant and sausage rolls. Our French pâtisserie is second to none.

  5. Craigies Farm

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    • Taste Our Best
    Taste Our Best

    Edinburgh

    Many, many loyal customers come back every year to pick their own fruit, to enjoy fresh, fill their freezers and make jam to use over the winter. We reserve the right to weigh you after picking fruit!

  6. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Forres

    On the outskirts of the Royal Burgh and ancient market town of Forres lies Benromach distillery, the smallest working distillery in Moray.

  7. Bakehouse Cafe & Bakery

    Type

    Cafes & Tearooms

    Gradings

    Forres

    Located in the centre of the historic fishing village of Findhorn on the Moray Firth. Specialising in fresh, local and organic food. Featuring bread & bakery products from our adjoining bakery. Indoor & outdoor seating.

  8. Blacketyside Farm

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Leven

    Leven Farm Shop with pick your own fruit and other local produce

  9. Macallan Distillery

    Type

    Distilleries

    Gradings

    • 5 Visitor Attraction
    5 Visitor Attraction

    Craigellachie

    An hour and a half at this famous distillery, allows you to join a 45 minute tour, stroll around the grounds, watch a video and enjoy a dram in the new visitor centre.

  10. Jannettas Gelateria (Gelato & Cafe)

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    St Andrews

    World famous and award winning gelato and cafe

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