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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. Ellon Farmers Market

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    Farmers Markets & Shops

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    Ellon

    The market is held on the 4th Saturday of every month from 9am -1pm at Neil Ross Square and offers top quality local food and produce from the surrounding area.

  2. Border Eggs Ltd

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    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Duns

    Border Eggs produces and supplies the finest quality Organic and Free Range eggs throughout the Scottish Borders.

  3. Gandolfi Fish

    Type

    Restaurants

    Gradings

    Glasgow City Centre

    Welcome to Gandolfi Fish

  4. Real Foods - Brougham Street EH3 9JH

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    For over 40 years Real Foods has been selling natural, organic and vegetarian food in Edinburgh and worldwide. When you visit our shops you are visiting the largest independent Scottish retailer of Organic, Fairtrade, Vegetarian and Special Diet food

  5. Raeburn Fine Wines

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    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Shippers, Wholesalers & Retailers of Fine Wines.

  6. Farmers' Market - Kilmarnock

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    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Kilmarnock

    When: 3rd Saturday of each month, 9am - 1pm. Where: Foregate Square, Kilmarnock. Visit this bustling indoor market for some quality local produce such as grass-reared Ayrshire lamb.

  7. Summerhall Distillery Ltd

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    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Summerhall Distillery – the first gin distillery to be established in Edinburgh for over 150 years. Their gin, based on an original Bombay recipe and kept secret since 1947, Pickering’s is a spectacularly smooth and flavoursome gin.

  8. Huntly Herbs

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    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Huntly

    See a variety of quality, local produce.

  9. Connage Highland Dairy

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    • Taste Our Best
    Taste Our Best

    Inverness

    A family of Highland Cheesemakers handcrafting multi award winning cheeses from home produced organic milk.

  10. Ardalanish Farm

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Mull

    Farm which produces organic meat and vegetables.

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