Food & Drink
There are over 120 active distilleries spread across Scotland, which are split into five whisky-producing regions; Campbeltown, Highland, Islay, Lowland and Speyside. Where a whisky is made can have a huge bearing on its flavour, everything from the source of the water to the presence of peat in the local area will come through in the taste.
Chances are there is a distillery in your area which you can visit and pick up a gift or two. But if not, plenty of distilleries offer whisky to buy online, or are even doing tours and tastings online.
Check out our whisky map to find a distillery.
Beer is pretty big business in Scotland. With more than 100 breweries operating across the country, the variety and quality of beer and ale being produced and served in Scotland's bars and pubs is greater than ever. Check out these breweries for a different pairing for your Christmas dinner, or for gifts for friends and family.
Check out breweries in Scotland.
Want a moment to yourself to write to Santa, finish your Christmas shopping list, or even start drawing up your holiday plans for 2021? We put together a great list of cafés to write in, and these aren't just for the budding authors out there.
Take 30 minutes for yourself in your local café and enjoy a relaxing hot drink and a delicious cake or treat.
ONLINE FOOD & DRINK BUSINESSES
It is still possible to enjoy a little taste of Scotland - by ordering delicious Scottish food and drink online, directly from Scotland's brilliant and hard-working food and drink producers and online retailers. Or why not check and see if your favourite restaurant is offering a takeaway menu and recreate a restaurant atmosphere at home? Sample some of the highest quality produce around, whilst supporting great local businesses. Win-win.
Check out these 18 amazing Scottish food & drink businesses to order from.
Afternoon tea is the treat we all deserve this year – sitting down with a friend to sumptuous cakes, a glass of fizz, gallons of Scottish tea in a beautiful setting. Bliss! Take some time out for yourself or treat a friend or family member to an afternoon to remember.
Here’s just a few places where you can enjoy an afternoon tea in Scotland.
Farmers' Markets & Shops
We all love a delicious Christmas dinner (and all the other festival meals of course!) but is can be even better to sit down to a meal and know exactly where everything came from. Make the most of the beautiful Scottish produce on your doorstep by visiting your local farm shop for fresh vegetables, cheese, meat or a tipple or two of local drinks!
Find a farmers' market or shop near you.
The vegan dining scene in Scotland is an exciting and growing space. With 100% vegan cafés and restaurants cropping up in our cities, towns and countryside spots, each one experiments with special twists on traditional Scottish food, mixed in with healthy and cruelty-free ingredients.
Discover relaxed vegan cafés and restaurants, shops and markets filled with home-grown produce, and even vegan accommodation.
See more about food & drink in Scotland.