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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. Crombie's of Edinburgh

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Butchers selling traditional, specialist and gourmet sausages and haggis. (mail order).

  2. Patisserie Francoise

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Glasgow

    Bread, coffee; cafe, outside catering.

  3. Pillars of Hercules Organic Farm Shop & Cafe

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    • Taste Our Best
    Taste Our Best

    Falkland

    Welcome to Pillars of Hercules Organic Farm Shop & Cafe

  4. Brodies 1867

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Musselburgh

    Coffee and tea merchants and chocolatiers

  5. Ullapool Bakery

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Ullapool

    At first we concentrated on traditional bakery products, but soon realised that farm markets and country shows provide a wonderful marketplace for the more speciality breads, flavoured oatcakes and shortbread that we enjoy baking far more.

  6. Mackies of Scotland Ice Cream

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Oldmeldrum

    Quality ice cream producers

  7. The Orkney Creamery

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Orkney

    Well known creamery producing milk, ice-cream & confectionary.

  8. Tobermory Fish Company

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Mull

    A delicious range of smoked fish with the hebridean flavour, shipped directly to you from the Scottish Island of Mull.

  9. Nature's Gate

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Specialists in health food, organic foods and natural produce.

  10. The Hydroponicum

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Ullapool

    We currently operate the mail order element of the business which sells hydroponics growing kits to gardeners and enthusiasts growing on a small scale, as well as growing and supplying small amounts of fresh produce to our local community.

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