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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

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  • 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. Kelly of Cults Ltd


    Producers & Specialist Shops



    Kelly of Cults supermarket, a local family-run grocer and bakery which dates back over 100 years.



    Cafes & Tearooms



    Tasty food made fresh on the premises using local, seasonal produce; a selection of both hot and cold options and homebaking

  3. Dunfermline Farmers Market


    Farmers Markets & Shops



    Local growers and producers take personal pride in the food they bring to their Farmers' Market and want you to enjoy it.

  4. Stornoway Farmers Market


    Farmers Markets & Shops



    Visit the Stornoway Farmers Market for locally grown fresh produce.

  5. Gradings

    Dundee & Angus

    The Speckled Hen Coffee Shop is a hub for locally sourced and home-grown produce in Tealing, Dundee.

  6. Forfar Farmers' Market


    Farmers Markets & Shops



    The market attracts over 30 stallholders on a regular basis and has a café serving hot foods using market ingredients. Takes place on the 2nd Sat of every month indoors at the Strathmore Hall, the Mart, John St, Forfar.

  7. Roundsquare Roastery


    Producers & Specialist Shops


    South Ayrshire

    Why should coffee be bland and lacking in flavour? This annoys us at Roundsquare Roastery. We are trying to rid the world of boring, dull, over roasted coffee one cup at a time. As Ayrshire's only coffee roastery we have a unique product.

  8. I J Mellis Cheesemonger


    Producers & Specialist Shops



    Specialist cheesemonger.

  9. Helmsdale Smokehouse


    Smokeries & Smokehouses



    Local smokery, smoking their own fish, game and poultry

  10. Stockans Oatcakes Ltd


    Producers & Specialist Shops



    Welcome to Stockans Orkney Ltd. Home of the famous award-winning Stockan's brand of Orkney hand-baked oatcakes and delicious sweet biscuits.


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