Last month we asked a range of industry experts to name their top Scottish foodie experiences, and we put a call out on Facebook and Twitter to find out what you guys thought too. We got an amazing response from everyone, with answers ranging from tasting a genuine Arbroath Smokie to eating fish and chips in an idyllic location.
Here are some of your great suggestions, along with a few from our experts too …
Fish and chips at the harbour in Anstruther. The charming fishing village of Anstruther in the East Neuk of Fife is famous throughout Scotland for its fresh seafood. Visit the famous Anstruther Fish Bar for a portion of golden fish and chips and enjoy them at the harbour, taking in the sparkling views of the Firth of Forth.
A meal at the Andrew Fairlie Michelin star restaurant, the Strathearn or afternoon tea at Gleneagles. The spotlight was on Gleneagles in 2014 when it hosted the prestigious Ryder Cup, one of world’s greatest golfing tournaments, but this beautiful part of Perthshire has much more to offer visitors than just world-class golf courses. Treat yourself to a luxurious break at the Gleneagles Hotel and indulge in one of the many fantastic restaurants, including Andrew Fairlie’s exquisite two Michelin-star restaurant, and the Strathearn, awarded two AA rosettes. The hotel’s decadent afternoon tea is also a refined treat, boasting three tiers of scrumptious savouries and sweet treats.
Wild berry picking in the Scottish Borders. Experience the natural sweetness of the Scottish Borders with an afternoon of berry picking. Scotland’s long daylight hours in the summer are ideal for growing berries, and help them to ripen with plenty of flavour. Grab your boots and take a refreshing walk in the countryside, and you might find a juicy treat waiting for you in the hedgerows along the way too.
A meal at one of the restaurants on Thistle Street in Edinburgh, including Iris and the Bon Vivant. Thistle Street is fast becoming one of the most famous ‘hidden gems’ in the capital. The street is bursting with boutique shops, trendy bars and high quality restaurants. Pop into European inspired Bon Vivant for a delicious meal or head to Iris for a tasty bite in sleek surroundings.
Frankie’s fish and chips, located in the village of Brae on the shores of Busta Voe in Shetland. Frankie’s is Britain’s most northerly fish and chip shop, but it is definitely worth the trip. Named as best eatery in the Highlands at the Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards, this wonderful restaurant only uses the freshest locally sourced seafood from sustainable and well-managed fisheries.
Enjoying a Scottish breakfast, including Ayrshire sausage, during a stay at one of the many seafront guesthouses and B&Bs in Ayrshire. Ayrshire is famous for its sausage offering and they don’t come much tastier than a sizzling slice of lorne sausage, made from prime Scottish beef, or a couple of juicy link sausages, made from the finest Scottish pork.
Eating a genuine Aberdeen buttery in Aberdeenshire. Created to serve Aberdeen’s growing fishing industry in the 19th century, the Aberdeen buttery – also known as an Aberdeen rowie – is a deliciously salty bread roll, often eaten for breakfast with butter and jam.
A meal from Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. Surrounded by clear waters, the Isle of Mull is the perfect place to sample fresh fish. Head to Tobermory for traditional fish and chips from the Fisherman’s Pier fish and chip van and eat them on the waterfront with sparkling views of the sea. For a decadent sit-down meal you could also book a table at Café Fish, a tremendous seafood restaurant with a loyal following. Café Fish pride themselves on only using fresh fish and offer a varied specials menu based on whatever has been caught that day.
A trip to Castle Douglas, including a visit to Cream o’ Galloway. With over 50 food and drink outlets it’s easy to see why Castle Douglas has gained a reputation as a fantastic Food Town. Pop in to Sulwath Brewery to see how they craft their bespoke ales, browse local delis and restaurants for a delicious bite to eat, or enjoy a trip to the marvellous Cream o’ Galloway, just outside the town. With a wonderful adventure playground, a huge range of animals to meet and some of the most delicious ice cream in the country to sample, it would be easy to spend a whole day at this wonderful visitor centre.
Trying a genuine Arbroath Smokie! If you’ve already tried an Arbroath Smokie you’ll know there’s nothing quite like it. If you’ve not, you have a treat waiting for you! An Arbroath Smokie is a fresh haddock, smoked over a hardwood fire. The flakes of fish melt in your mouth and are packed with delicious savoury flavours, along with a subtle smokiness. Eat with warm bread or flaked over a salad for a quick, tasty and healthy meal.
A visit to BrewDog in Glasgow or the Artisan in Wishaw. Whether your preference is beer or whisky, Scotland is packed with places to sample the best of both. Head to BrewDog in Glasgow and enjoy a taste of their famous craft beers or pop over to the Artisan, a restaurant in Wishaw, and browse their extensive collection of over 1,300 whiskies, featuring bottles from all five of Scotland’s whisky regions.
A pilgrimage to the Isle of Skye to visit restaurants such as The Three Chimneys. The gorgeous Isle of Skye will enchant you with its breathtaking scenery and wonderful wildlife. It’s also home to a fantastic food offering, including the wonderful Michelin star restaurantThe Three Chimneys. Sample Scottish cuisine at its finest in an idyllic island setting.
A picnic by Loch Lomond. Pack a tasty picnic with delicious Scottish produce and head for the bonny banks of Loch Lomond. Tuck into delicacies such as Scottish cheese on traditional oatcakes and melt-in-the-mouth Scottish tablet as you gaze at the tranquil waters and mountains in the distance.
A meal of fresh smoked fish in Orkney. Enjoy a taste of real Scottish smoked salmon in a glorious island setting. Donaldsons of Orkney have won awards for their delicious hot smoked salmon while Jolly’s of Orkney use a wide variety of different smoking methods and flavourings. Treat yourself to their Highland Park Whisky Smoked Salmon for an authentic taste of Orkney.
A visit to the Temple Café in Harris. Enjoy a freshly prepared lunch or dinner in the beautiful Temple Café at Northton on the stunning Isle of Harris. Reminiscent of an ancient temple, the building is made of stone with stunning views out over the beach. Enjoy tasty coffee and freshly baked cakes or opt for a meal including pizza and an ever-changing specials board.
Find more information on the Year of Food & Drink Scotland 2015 as well as great recipe ideas and more information on Scotland’s traditional food and drink.