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Iain R Spink with his Arbroath Smokies © James Fraser Photography
Arbroath Smokies

See expert Iain R. Spink prepare Arbroath Smokies on beautiful Auchmithie beach, where the delicacy originated many years ago

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  • 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. Stockans Oatcakes Ltd

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Stromness

    Welcome to Stockans Orkney Ltd. Home of the famous award-winning Stockan's brand of Orkney hand-baked oatcakes and delicious sweet biscuits.

  2. Highland Safaris

    Type

    Cafes & Tearooms

    Gradings

    • Taste Our Best
    Taste Our Best

    Aberfeldy, Loch Tay and Glen Lyon

    Relax and enjoy our award-winning café and shop situated in a unique and stunning location. Great food, coffees, cakes and freindly service. A truly authentic discovery of everything that makes Perthshire an exceptional destination.

  3. Robbie's Whisky Merchants

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Ayr

    Ayr's only independent and family run drinks retailer, specialising in rare, collectable and limited edition whiskies.

  4. The Pot Still

    Type

    Whisky Bars

    Gradings

    Glasgow City Centre

    Welcome to The Pot Still, one of Glasgow (and therefore the world's) best whisky bars. More whisky than you can handle, cracking cask & bountiful beers, paired with pies from our own fair hands & the best butchers, served by our family.

  5. Isle of Lewis Cheese Company

    Type

    Cheese & Dairy Supplier

    Gradings

    Back

    Welcome to Isle of Lewis Cheese Company

  6. McLarens Fruit Farm

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Meigle

    Bankhead of Kinloch is farmed by the McLaren family. The farm is arable, the main crops are: Strawberries, Raspberries, Blackcurrants, Potatoes and Spring Barley.

  7. Sugar & Spice

    Type

    Chocolate

    Gradings

    Largs

    Ayrshire's largest selection of handmade chocolates and gift confectionery.

  8. Drummuir Farm Ice-Cream

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Dumfries

    Drummuir Farm Ice Cream sell a delicious range of home-made ice creams.

  9. Gordon & Macphail

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Elgin

    Established in 1895 as a traditional grocer, wine and spirit merchant.

  10. Campbeltown Farmers' Market

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Campbeltown

    Market is organised by the local producers and has become a very important focal point for the community to gather each month making it well worth a visit for the tourist who will be made to feel very welcome.

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