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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

Picnic recipes
Embrace summer with these recipes - perfect for your picnic basket! ››

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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. Tabla Indian Restaurant

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    Restaurants

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    • Taste Our Best
    Taste Our Best

    Perth

    Welcome to Tabla Indian Restaurant

  2. John D Owen & Son

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    Producers & Specialist Shops

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    Newton Stewart

    Traditional family Butcher, Deli, Health Foods, Bakery.

  3. The Courtyard Café

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    Cafes & Tearooms

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    Fintry

    Welcome to The Courtyard Café

  4. Jaques and Lawrence

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    Producers & Specialist Shops

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    Haddington

    Deli using locally sourced produce and homemade recipes.

  5. Overton Farm Farmers' Market

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    Farmers Markets & Shops

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    Lanark

    Organised by the Lanarkshire Farmers' Market Ltd, with up to 20 producers from the local area as well as from all over Scotland and held at Overton Farm is it a splendid days outing to get away from the hustle of city life.

  6. Dundee Farmers' Market

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    Farmers Markets & Shops

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    Dundee City

    The market offers a slice of the countryside in an urban setting.

  7. Banchory Farmers Market

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    Farmers Markets & Shops

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    Banchory

    Visit Banchory Farmers Market, to find a large variety of local producers.

  8. Relish

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    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    A great deli in the heart of The Shore area of Leith serving a massive range of fresh sandwiches and speciality items.

  9. Overton Farm Farmers' Market

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    Farmers Markets & Shops

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    Clarkston

    Clarkston's market can have up to 18 producers attending each month.

  10. W Glen & Son

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    Producers & Specialist Shops

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    Perthshire

    Pick you own fruit in 365 acres of farm on the banks of the river Tay, in the Carse of Gowrie famous for soft fruit for the last 100 years.

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