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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. Waulkmill Cider

    Type

    Drink Suppliers

    Gradings

    Langholm

    Scottish Cider and Perry made using very old Tradditional methods.Cider vinegar is produced by the "Orlene's" method of production and can take up to 9 months and is then matured in 90 yr Old Oak Rum Barrels

  2. Pestle & Mortar

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Strathblane

    Committed to bringing you the finest foods from both Scotland and the rest of the world.

  3. Bayleaf Delicatessen

    Type

    Delicatessen

    Gradings

    Stromness

    Welcome to Bayleaf Delicatessen

  4. Macleod Organics

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Inverness

    Macleod Organics can deliver organic vegetables right to your doorstep.

  5. Ayr Farmers' Market

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Ayr

    Success of this first Farmers Market has lead to the formation of Ayrshire Farmers Market Cooperative; which works closely with local colleges and supporters.

  6. Croft 36

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Harris

    Seafood is prepared on-site, on a daily basis, into a range of meals which are delivered hot to cottages, serviced accommodation, campervans and tents in South Harris. Menu available!

  7. Craignure Producers' Markets

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Craignure & South Mull

    A small and very friendly monthly producers' market where visitors and locals meet and chat over the best of Mull's local produce. The markets also include a cafe with delicious home made cakes & snacks as well as chef demos showcasing the produce!

  8. McKirdy Brothers Butchers

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Port Seton

    The McKirdy's have been butchers in and around Edinburgh and East Lothian since 1895, gaining a reputation for the very highest quality meat available; a quality that is now available at: McKirdy's Steakhouse Morrison Street Edinburgh.

  9. The Fort Farmers' Market

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Glasgow

    The Fort Farmers' Market is held on the 2nd Saturday & Sunday (10am - 4pm), of every month at Glasgow Fort Shopping Centre, adjacent to Argos and JJB Sports, and can be accesses from Junction 10 of the M8 Motorway.

  10. Foodmarket - Harvey Nichols

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Harvey Nichols Foodmarket in St Andrews Square, Edinburgh.

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