Scotland's finest flavours itinerary

A fresh shellfish platter as served at the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar with Loch Fyne in the backdrop, Argyll
Seafood Trail ››

Take a spectacular journey through some of the best scenery in Scotland and enjoy a wide variety of locally caught seafood.

Looking along the coastline to the Lagavulin Distillery, Islay
The Whisky Coast  ››

This Whisky Coast itinerary takes you along Scotland's western seaboard whisky trail to renowned landscapes and distilleries.

Looking over purple heather to a self-catering cottage at Elgol by Loch Scavaig with the Cuillin mountains behind, Isle of Skye
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Temperate climate, varied landscape and soils, fruitful seas – these are just some of the factors that give Scotland the edge for quality foods of all kinds. Follow this itinerary to discover Scotland’s finest flavours.

Choose any meal, any course and there are ingredients to inspire – from delicate seafood starters to soft-fruit desserts. Discover distilleries set in inspiring scenery, lowland farm shops, coastal smokehouses, as well as restaurants, bistros and hotels.

  • Anstruther Fish Bar, Fife
    Anstruther Fish Bar
  • The sign for Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway's food town
    Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway's food town
  • Langoustines, oysters and other seafood arranged in a bowl on a outdoor table with a view of the loch
    A platter of fresh Scottish shellfish, as served at the Cairndow Oyster Bar and Restaurant, Loch Fyne
  • Shoppers at Loch Lomond Shores
    Shoppers at Loch Lomond Shores
  • Traditionally smoked fish on display at the Dundee Flower & Food Festival
    Traditionally smoked fish on display at the Dundee Flower & Food Festival

There is plenty for foodies to explore in and around Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway's Food Town, including traditional butchers, a nearby smokehouse, delicatessens, chocolatiers, plus a range of restaurants and bistros. This market town in the rolling Galloway countryside boasts more than 50 businesses involved in food and drink, with local farm produce featuring strongly. Nearby Threave Gardens even has a walled garden which once supplied fruit and vegetables to the main house.

Head for Glasgow. As Scotland’s largest city, it has a wide range of restaurants with many old favourites. The oldest in the city, Sloan’s Bar and Restaurant started life as a coffee house in 1787 and has a strong Scottish emphasis on the menu – plus ceilidhs on Fridays!

Find food and drink establishments in Glasgow & The Clyde Valley by checking local magazine listings, or drop into the local Visitor Information Centre to find out what is currently hot in the cosmopolitan city's dining scene.

Take advantage of the fantastic accommodation offerings in the area and stay overnight in Glasgow.

Take the road by Loch Lomond for the north with perhaps a coffee-stop and a browse through the quality shopping at Loch Lomond Shores at Balloch. This is also the attractive location for one of Scotland’s popular farmers’ markets on the first and third Sunday of every month, proving hugely popular with locals and visitors alike by offering a platform for many organic and artisan food producers.

Alternatively, there should be time for a cruise, from either Balloch or from Tarbet, further up the loch where your road turns west for the high pass of the Rest and Be Thankful. From there, descend to Loch Fyne and the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar at Cairndow. The award-winning Fyne Ales Brewery is also at the head of the loch and you can sample its products at local establishments such as the Creggans Inn to the south at Strachur. Both the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar and the Creggans Inn are on the area’s Seafood Trail.

Why not stay overnight in one of the accommodation establishments found in the area?

From Inveraray, go north for the head of Loch Awe. Take the short walk across the loch-side fields to see the former Campbells' stronghold of Kilchurn Castle. Head east where the Real Food Café at Tyndrum serves classic fish and chips - and much more - from locally sourced produce. Continue east, pausing perhaps at the main street shops of the attractive little town of Aberfeldy, where food businesses include a smokehouse and a chocolatier.

Continue to the main A9 'Highland road', turning north for Pitlochry. This popular visitor resort has two distilleries, with the brewery at the Moulin Inn located above the town. By the main road at the east of Pitlochry is the Blair Athol Distillery, where you can take a tour and enjoy a complimentary dram made with pure local water from the Allt Dour - Gaelic for 'the burn of the otter'.

The nearby Blair Atholl Estates is home to the landmark attraction of Blair Castle. Take a Land Rover Safari for a real insight into the life of a Highland estate. An excursion northwards to the very popular House of Bruar, an exceptionally well-stocked food hall offering gourmet food specialities from all parts of Scotland, is another option. If visiting Bruar, return a short way by the main A9 and stay overnight in Pitlochry.

Take the A9 south to Dunkeld, where there is a fine choice of cafés and foodie places along the main street, as well as a picturesque riverside walk by Dunkeld Cathedral. Go east from here via Kirriemuir.

Continue to Arbroath, an east-coast fishing town famed for its smokies, which are split and cured haddock smoked over a hardwood fire. The haddock-smoking process is now officially recognised as creating a product with Protected Geographical Indication, (like champagne and parma ham) so that ‘real’ Arbroath smokies must be made within an 8 mile radius of the town!

Continue south via Dundee and over the Tay Bridge for Fife to stay overnight in the St Andrews area.

The East Neuk (Scots for corner) of Fife has a choice of organic eating places of all kinds. Try out award-winning fish and chips in Anstruther, friendly cafés at Falkland and artisan producers such as the St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company, a farm which makes cheese using traditional methods from start to finish.

Continue south to stay overnight in Edinburgh, where it is said there are more eating places per head of population than anywhere else in the UK. Further afield, the Lothians also have plenty to offer: for example, the Sun Inn at Dalkeith.