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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. Corner on the Square Delicatessen

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    • Eat Scotland Award
    Eat Scotland Award

    Beauly

    Friendly delicatessen and eaterie in the highland village of Beauly. (mail order and outside catering)

  2. Dean's of Huntly Bistro

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    • Eat Scotland Award
    Eat Scotland Award

    Huntly

    Dean's Visitor Centre is Scotland's first attraction dedicated to Shortbread. Incorporated within the visitor centre is a Cafe/Bistro, serving a range of home-bakes, snacks and hot meals.

  3. Gradings

    • Eat Scotland Award
    Eat Scotland Award

    Letham

    Visit our friendly shop where you can enjoy excellent home made country fare and purchase Scottish speciality produce and crafts.

  4. Purdie's of Luss Restaurant & Visitor Centre

    Type

    Food & Drink Visitor Attraction

    Gradings

    • Eat Scotland Award
    Eat Scotland Award

    Luss

    With our position being at the heart of Luss our dining facilities are within easy walking distance to the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond.

  5. Gradings

    • Eat Scotland Award
    Eat Scotland Award

    Edinburgh

  6. Gradings

    • Eat Scotland Award
    Eat Scotland Award

    Blackford

    From Auchterarder Tourist Information Centre - Leave Auchterarder on the A9 heading South.

  7. A & E Brown & Son

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Turriff

    A E Brown & Son is an established family owned butchers providing excellent traditional Scottish fare and award winning creations.

  8. A. G. Barr

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Cumbernauld

    A. G. Barr produce a variety of soft drinks including Irn Bru - known as Scotland's second national drink.

  9. A.D.Rattray's Whisky Experience & Whisky Shop

    Type

    Food & Drink Visitor Attraction

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Kirkoswald

    The A D Rattray Whisky Experience and Whisky Shop will introduce you to the world of Scotch whisky and educate you about this wonderfully complex product. Explore, nose and taste an incredible selection of malts and single casks. FREE ENTRY!

  10. Aberdeen Angus Direct

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Erskine

    Farm shop, quality beef and smokery.

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