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15 amazing food and drink experiences in Scotland

Arbroath Smokies Being Prepared on The Beach At Auchmithie

Arbroath Smokies Being Prepared on The Beach At Auchmithie

Scotland is home to a whole host of foodie experiences that will get your tastebuds tingling. From tasting a genuine Arbroath Smokie, to eating fish and chips in an idyllic location, there are plenty of amazing experiences you can have up and down the country.

Here are just a few suggestions we know you’ll love…

Fish and chips 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, Gleneagles

Treat yourself to a luxurious break in 2021 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 sweet and savoury 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, as it helps 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 a restaurant on Thistle Street in Edinburgh

Thistle Street is quickly becoming one of the most famous ‘hidden gems’ in Edinburgh. 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 El Cartel for some late-night Mexican food in an atmospheric surrounding.

If you’re looking for more top tips on eating and drinking in Edinburgh, Top Jaw presenters Jesse and Will have produced a brilliant 48 hours in Edinburgh video, which will give you lots of ideas on places to visit and ‘don’t miss’ meals.

Frankie’s fish and chips, 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 on the seafront 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 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 restaurant, The 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.

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