Scotland is bursting with amazing food and drink that is ideal for packing into a hamper and taking to a scenic spot for a decadent summer picnic. Sample creamy Scottish cheeses on savoury oatcakes as you enjoy views of a tranquil loch, head to the beach and savour bursts of sweetness from ripe strawberries as the sun warms your skin or pack a feast and grab your tent to enjoy a camping experience like no other.
There’s no better place to stock up on tempting treats than at a Scottish farm, where you can enjoy some of the freshest and highest quality food and drink around. Discover Scotland’s fantastic farm shops, ‘pick-your-own’ fruit farms and real life food and drink experiences and choose from a huge range of delicious goodies for your perfect Scottish picnic.
Buy tempting treats
Choose from the finest local produce at a scenic farm shop. As well as locally produced delicacies, you’ll often find many items grown or made on the farm itself. You won’t get much fresher than that! Here is a small selection of just some of the great farm shops you’ll find around Scotland:
Loch Leven’s Larder, Milnathort, Perthshire – pick up some great local produce before heading out on the nature trail at Loch Leven’s Larder. You could even enjoy your picnic then and there on the stunning banks of Loch Leven.
Rothiemurchus Farm Shop, Aviemore, Highlands – from artisan cheeses to fresh trout from the estate’s fishery, Rothiemurchus Farm Shop is bursting with delicious goodies to fill your picnic hamper.
Whitmuir the Organic Place, West Linton, Scottish Borders – as the name suggests, all the produce sold at Whitmiur is either organically produced or ethically sourced, if there is genuinely no organic option yet available. Pick up delicious, healthy treats to take home in the farm shop and taste the difference that organic farming has on your food.
The Balgove Larder Farm Shop, St Andrews, Kingdom of Fife – complete with a farm shop, an on-site butchery, a café and a steak barn, you’ll find plenty of ways to buy and enjoy the produce that comes from the fields of Balgove Estate and other quality suppliers from around Scotland.
Discover more great farm shops throughout Scotland.
Pick your own fruit
Spend the morning selecting a basket full of the finest berries before enjoying the ‘fruits’ of your labour on an al fresco afternoon picnic – now we know where the saying comes from! There are lots of lovely pick-your-own fruit farms around the country. Here are just a few of them:
Charleton Fruit Farm, Montrose, Dundee & Angus – from traditional strawberries and raspberries to more unusual gooseberries and tayberries, Charleton Fruit Farm offers a diverse range of soft fruits for you to discover on your pick-your-own experience.
Craigie’s Farm Deli and Café, South Queensferry, Edinburgh & The Lothians – as well as sun-sweetened berries to pick, Craigies also have a wonderful deli and butchery, full of tempting produce to take home with you.
Borders Berries, Kelso, Scottish Borders – only open during July and August (the peak berry-picking season) Borders Berries grows luscious soft fruits in the heart of the stunning Scottish Borders. Pop along to fill a basket with some of the juiciest berries you’ll ever have tasted.
Cairnie Fruit Farm, Cupar, Kingdom of Fife – not just a pick-your-own fruit farm, Cairnie Fruit Farm also boasts a farm shop, a mega maze, amazing activities for the kids and a tempting tearoom. Pop along for a fun day out and pick a selection of juicy soft fruits to take home with you.
Find more pick your own fruit experiences.
See cheese being made
Ever wondered exactly what goes into making a wheel of mouth-watering Scottish cheese? Now’s your chance! Find out from the experts:
Connage Highland Dairy, Ardersier, Highlands – stock up on quality hand-made cheeses at Connage Highland Dairy’s cheese pantry. Located near Inverness, the team craft their range of melt-in-the-mouth organic cheeses on the farm itself, using the milk from their own dairy cows.
St Andrews Cheese Company, near Anstruther, Kingdom of Fife – located amidst lush pastures, the St Andrews Cheese Company produces delicious wheels of Anster cheese from the milk of their own dairy herd. See the cheese being made from the purpose-built viewing platform and take home a wedge or two for yourself.
Isle of Mull Cheese, Tobermory, Argyll & The Isles – Isle of Mull Cheese is a hidden gem made at the beautiful Isle of Mull’s only dairy farm. Visit this family farm to see the cows being milked, check on the cheese while it matures and relax with a ploughman’s lunch in the Garden Barn.
See cheese-making first hand.
See ice cream being made
Treating yourself to a luxurious ice cream has to be the crowning glory of any summer’s day. Choose from a range of delicious flavours at the following attractions and see the ice cream as its being made:
Cream o’ Galloway, Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway – see luxurious ice cream being made at the Cream o’ Galloway’s state-of-the-art facilities before picking up a tub of whichever flavour takes your fancy for your picnic dessert. With over 20 tables to choose from you’ll be spoiled for choice for places to enjoy your lunch too.
The Milk Barn, Falkirk, Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Stirling & Forth Valley – there are lots of great places in Falkirk to enjoy your picnic, and what better way to round off your meal than with an indulgent ice cream at The Milk Barn? See the ice cream being made and choose from a huge selection of ingenious flavours, including jaffa cake and bubblegum smurf.
See how ice cream is made.
To find out more about what it means to be a farmer why not visit a working farm near you during Open Farm Sunday on 7 June 2015? Experience what life is like on the farm and discover more about the amazing fruit, vegetables, meat, cereal or dairy products that are produced there.
Not only do Scotland’s farms produce all our wonderful food and drink, many also offer fantastic accommodation options. From quirky to luxurious, you’re assured a very warm welcome and an unforgettable holiday on Scotland’s working farms.