Scotch Lamb (PGI)
Scotland is well known for its high-quality lamb and rare breeds of sheep such as Boreray, Soay, Hebridean and Shetland. These animals feed on herbs, wild flowers, heather and seaweed as well as grass, which provides them with essential minerals and also adds a distinctive flavour to the meat. You’ll find Scotch lamb to be served widely when is season, usually from July to September. Why not get some tips on how to prepare and cook this meat at the The Cook School Scotland, only 30 minutes from Glasgow?
Scotch Beef (PGI)
Thanks to exceptional farming methods and a favourable climate, Scotch beef is highly prized around the globe and includes world-famous breeds such as the Aberdeen Angus and the iconic Highland. You can find out which restaurants serve Scotch beef or, if you are keen to have a go at cooking this versatile meat yourself, you can find out which butchers and farmers' markets you can buy it from and get tips from the website especially dedicated to Scotch Beef and Lamb.
Shetland Lamb (PDO)
Shetland is known for outstanding lamb. The native Shetland lamb is smaller than average but packs a punch with its really distinctive, rich flavour. Much of Shetland is covered by grass and heather moorland and virtually all of this land is given over to the grazing of sheep. Some flocks have access to the shore and seaweed forms part of their diet, adding a unique note to their flavour. The Phoenix Restaurant at Herrislea House Hotel in Tingwall serve Shetland lamb, along with beef from the islands, which has been reared on their own crofts on Shetland.
Orkney Beef (PDO)
With more cows than people on Orkney, the archipelago has traditionally been known for the production of quality beef. Livestock farming is one of the mainstays of the islands and Orkney beef is renowned for its tenderness and full flavour. The exclusive use of Aberdeen Angus and shorthorn cows gives the beef its characteristic flavour. Why not visit The Shore restaurant at Kirkwall, where you might enjoy Orkney beef carpaccio or Orkney beef sirloin steak?
Orkney Lamb (PDO)
Thanks to its temperate climate and mineral-rich grass for grazing, Orkney is also renowned for the production of high quality lamb. The unique North Ronaldsay sheep, found only in Orkney, live entirely on a diet of seaweed and is one of the traditional breeds used to produce Orkney lamb. Sample this close to the source; Orkney lamb often appears on the menu at the Taste of Orkney Garden View Restaurant in Kirkwall.