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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. Gradings

    Rothes

    Enjoy a wonderful and memorable day out at Glen Grant, tour the distillery and Victorian Woodland Garden, enjoy a coffee with local homebakes in the Coffee Shop, and for those too young to tour the distillery, take part in the animal trail.

  2. Loch Duart

    Type

    Smokeries & Smokehouses

    Gradings

    South Uist

    Smokehouse selling a range of smoked salmon products including the famous "oak roasted flaky salmon".

  3. MacDonald's Smokery

    Type

    Smokeries & Smokehouses

    Gradings

    Glenuig

    An award-winning Smokehouse in the Highlands of Scotland, selling the finest quality smoked seafood.

  4. Gradings

    • Taste Our Best
    Taste Our Best

    Edinburgh - City Centre

  5. Real Foods

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    For 30 years Real Foods has been at the forefront of natural, organic and vegetarian food retailing.

  6. Ardbeg Distillery

    Type

    Distilleries

    Gradings

    Islay

    Follow your nose along the famous road from Port Ellen and you will eventually come to the most welcoming distillery on the island. Ardbeg's white-washed walls can be found nestling in a rocky cove on Islay's southern tip.

  7. Eat Deli

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Glasgow

    Deli and cafe in the Clarkston area of Glasgow, provides outside catering.

  8. Colin Peat Butcher

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Haddington

    Butcher selling game, poultry and eggs in the Haddington area of Edinburgh.

  9. Lindsay Grieve Traditional Butchers

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Hawick

    Family butcher in Hawick specialising in world renowned haggis by Lindsay Grieve - champion haggis maker.

  10. 40 North Limited

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Lewis

    40 North is a specialist food shop in the village of North Bragar on the Isle of Lewis. We prepare and serve food freshly made daily in our croft kitchen.

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