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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. The Makers Gallery and Bistro

    Type

    Bistros & Brasseries

    Gradings

    Alloa

    The Makers Gallery & Bistro is a vibrant welcoming bistro delivering delicious fresh food in a flexible contemporary gallery and shop setting in the heart of Alloa

  2. 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.

  3. Sconser Scallops

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Sconser

    Twice dived shallow water finished king scallops. Established in 1987 under the name of Oakes Marine. We have strived for nearly thirty years to produce the finest seafood in the world.

  4. Stornoway Farmers Market

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Stornoway

    Visit the Stornoway Farmers Market for locally grown fresh produce.

  5. Highland Fine Cheeses

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Tain

    A family business established in 1963 manufacturing traditional cheeses unique to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

  6. Paterson Arran Kitchen Shop

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Lamlash

    Range of Arran fine foods

  7. Huntly Herbs

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Huntly

    Organic herb nursery with more than 100 varieties of herbs

  8. Border Tablet Ltd

    Type

    Craft, Baking & Confectionary

    Gradings

    Langholm

    Border Tablet are one of the largest artisan producers of traditional handmade Scottish Tablet. Based in Langholm, in the Scottish Borders we produce fresh batches of our delicious Tablet every week in a range of tempting flavours

  9. Reiver Country Farm Foods Ltd

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Eyemouth

    Our farm shop at Reston, near Eyemouth, carries a wide range of our own products, freshly prepared on the premises and an extensive range of products sourced locally from small food producers in the Borders and Surrounding areas.

  10. Farmers' Market - Ardrishaig

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Ardrishaig

    When: 2nd Saturday of each month, 10am - 1pm. Where: Chalmers Street, Ardrishaig. One of the friendliest markets in Argyll, Ardrishaig Farmers' Market offers the best seasonal, local food and drink directly from the producers.

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