Arbroath Smokie Trail

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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.

  • Looking across Arbroath Harbour
    Arbroath Harbour
  • Arbroath Smokies
    Arbroath Smokies
  • Arbroath Smokies, Auchmithie
    Arbroath Smokies, Auchmithie
  • A line of freshly smoked Arbroath Smokies
    Arbroath Smokies

The world-famous Arbroath Smokie, famed for its distinctive taste, is the subject of a new dedicated trail around the fishing town of Arbroath in Angus.

What is an Arbroath Smokie?

The Arbroath Smokie is haddock, smoked over hardwood, using a specific process in and around the small fishing town of Arbroath in Angus. It is a truly Scottish delicacy which has received worldwide recognition for its unique flavour.

The fish are first salted overnight, then tied in pair using hemp twine and left overnight to dry. They are then hung over a triangular length of wood to smoke.

Arbroath Smokie Trail

The trail, produced by Taste of Angus, highlights eight restaurants and cafés throughout Arbroath which incorporate Smokies into their dishes, including the But ‘n’ Ben and Gordon's Restaurant. It also includes producers in Arbroath that sell authentic Smokies and recipe ideas such as Arbroath Smokie Cullen Skink and risotto.

The trail is part of a downloadable guide which features a detailed account of the Arbroath Smokie story, from its origins in the nearby fishing of Auchmithie, to its world-famous reputation today.

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