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Bill Spink with the Scottish delicacy the Arbroath Smokie.
Food & drink itinerary ››

Embark on a culinary journey and sample the very best of Scotland’s delicious food and drink for yourself.

  • Looking along the coastal distillery buildings and jetty with hills in the background
    Bunnahabhain Distillery on the south coast of Islay, Inner Hebrides
  • A feast of locally grown fruit and vegetables including strawberries and cauliflowers on sale at a farmers' market in Perthshire
    A farmers' market in Blairgowrie, Perthshire
  • A mouth-watering plate of food is prepared at the Michelin-starred Peat Inn restaurant in Cupar, Fife
    The Peat Inn, Cupar, Fife
  • Man inspecting the colour of a whisky in a tasting glass
    Whisky-tasting classes at the Spirt of Speyside Whisky Festival

It may be our national drink, but whisky isn’t the only reason Scotland’s natural larder is world-renowned. There’s also the succulent meat, fresh seafood and great seasonal fruit and vegetables available in restaurants around the country.

Join us on a culinary adventure at farmers’ markets, foodie festivals and events throughout 2014 as we tuck into sumptuous Scottish food and drink. Make sure to wash it down with a dram or two of whisky or one of the country’s excellent craft beers.

We've listed a few suggestions of the foodie delights to look out for during the Year of Homecoming.


Scotland is rightly proud of the many varieties of its national drink, from the peaty flavours of the west coast to the smoother malts of southern Scotland. May was our dedicated Whisky Month, which included celebrations such as World Whisky Day.

Why not plan a trip along the Malt Whisky Trail and learn all about what it takes to make the perfect blend of our 'water of life'? Go in search of your favourite dram on a tour of a distillery, or head to one of our amazing whisky bars.

On November 29, head to Dumfries for the Drambusters Whisky Festival. At this one-day event, you can choose from over 200 whiskies to sample and chat to whisky experts.

Food festivals

There are plenty of opportunities to sample tasty bites and expand your culinary horizons at the St Andrews Food & Drink Festival, which runs from 22 November – 1 December.

During the St Andrews Day weekend, you’ll find many delicious events being served up all across the country. Check out the haggis-making championships and discover the tastiest varieties of Scotland’s national dish while sampling a dram at Oban Distillery, an event which is part of the Oban Winter Festival. In Glasgow, tuck into some fresh and tasty food whilst enjoying music, DJ sets and live art during the St Andrews Day Street Feastival.

Watch and Wolf

Tantalise your taste buds in Edinburgh this December and experience some of your favourite festive films in a multi-sensory cinema experience at the National Gallery of Scotland. Watch classic films whilst eating and drinking a specially-prepared menu along with the characters on the silver screen.

Farmers’ markets

Describing the sights and smells of farmers’ markets doesn't do them justice. You really have to experience them to see Scottish produce at its very best. Held regularly throughout the country, they are the ideal place to discover unique and artisan goodies, from cheeses to game meats, bought direct from the producers, who are always more than happy to answer any questions and share hints and tips on how to cook and serve them to perfection. Look out for extra dates and special Christmas markets in the November and December!

Fine dining

When eating out, look out for the Michelin star, the guaranteed standard of fine dining across Scotland. We've got 16 of these wonderful restaurants throughout the country, with no fewer than five in Edinburgh. This means Scotland's capital city (along with Dublin) has the highest number of Michelin-starred eateries outside London. 

Don’t forget to bookmark this page to keep up to date with the full programme of food and drink events as they're announced.