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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. Rose Cottage Country Kitchen

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    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Nairn

    Extensive arrange of award-winning jams, jellies, marmalade's, chutneys, relishes and mustard's as well as puddings.

  2. Fair and Square Game

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Crianlarich

    Specialists in Game. Attends Farmers Markets at Edinburgh, Glasgow Partick and Stirling

  3. Caithness Free Range Eggs

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Thurso

    Farm shop which speciliases in beef, poultry and eggs.

  4. Charles MacLeod Family

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Lewis

    Butcher famous for its black pudding.

  5. 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.

  6. Macbeth's

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Forres

    Family run traditional online butcher and game dealer supplying high quality traditional Scottish fresh meat and game from our own and other local farms to locations throughout the country.

  7. James's Chocolates

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Arran

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

  8. Robertson of Stonehaven

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Stonehaven

    High quality bakers and caterers in Stonehaven.

  9. Glendale Salads

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Skye

    Extensive range of organically grown produce fruit & veg and organic foods.

  10. Gordon & Macphail

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Elgin

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

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