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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. Roundsquare Roastery

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    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    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.

  2. Macsween of Edinburgh

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    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    The Macsween family has been making its authentic and award-winning haggis in Edinburgh for over 50 years.

  3. Petrie Fine Foods

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    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Kilmarnock

    Artisan farmhouse based producer specialising in vegetarian and gluten free food and Christmas puddings

  4. Montrose Farmers' Market

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Montrose

    A popular farmers' market attracting a variety of stallholders. Come and see for yourself on the 1st Sat of every month from 9am to 1pm on the High Street, Montrose.

  5. Orkney Wine Company

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    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    St. Ola

    Traditionally made way with fruit, flowers and vegetables, many locally grown in the clean island air.

  6. J.M. Watson Fruit Growers

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    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Perth

    Pick your own strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants and a variety of fresh vegetables from this farm.

  7. Robertson of Stonehaven

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    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Stonehaven

    High quality bakers and caterers in Stonehaven.

  8. Cadenhead's Whisky Shop

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Whisky shop, home of Scotland's oldest independent bottler, established in 1842.

  9. H J Errington & Co

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Lanark

    Handmade unpasteurised blue and white cheeses, the most famous being Dunsyre Blue. Braehead of Walston, Carnwrath

  10. Aberdeen Angus Direct

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Erskine

    Farm shop, quality beef and smokery.

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