Top 10 Dishes to Try in Scotland

Whether fine dining is integral to the enjoyment of your Drumscot tour or you prefer pub grub and a chance to meet the locals in a relaxed atmosphere, we can suggest culinary delights to suit all tastes and budgets. However, there are some Scottish Delicacies which just should not be missed, whatever tickles your taste buds.

Try the unique taste of an Arbroath Smokie; a smoked fish from Arbroath, fresh from the sea

1. Arbroath Smokies

Awarded Protected Geographical Indication, the oak-smoked, delicately flavoured haddock must be prepared using traditional methods within a five mile radius of the fishing town of Arbroath. Their smoky flavour and soft, succulent flesh are often served as a Scottish breakfast delicacy.

You have to try haggis on your Scottish tour, and we recommend having it with traditional neeps and tatties

2. Haggis

Scotland’s most famous dish, the ingredients of which are best kept under wraps, save to say it is not a three legged beastie found roaming the hills in the Highlands. Usually eaten with “neeps” (turnip) and “tatties” (potatoes), it is surprisingly delicious despite being boiled up in a sheep’s stomach.

Scottish Tablet is another popular food in Scotland, and you'll likely find it in any and all towns. A sweet treat for the end of your day

3. Tablet

Scotland is a nation of sweet tooths and with any self-respecting café offering a plentiful supply of mouth-watering, home baked cakes and biscuits throughout the day from morning coffee until afternoon tea there’s never a wrong time for a sugary bite. To top the lot in sugar stakes is our much-loved tablet, a crumbly fudge-like ruiner of waist lines.

With so much plentiful fishing in Scotland, salmon is a firm favourite; try it oak-smoked on your Scottish tour

4. Smoked Salmon

Scottish Salmon is ranked amongst the best in the world with anglers flocking from around the globe to cast their flies on our magnificent salmon rivers. Marry this noble catch with the bewitching alchemy of the oak-smoking tradition of Scotland and the result is the most superlative, full flavoured delicacy with a deep russet colour to match.

Venison is a very Scottish dish, normally found in top quality restaurants as the very best fresh Scottish produce

5. Venison

As with other prized Scottish Game like grouse and pheasant, this lean, dark meat of wild red deer, is often a menu favourite in the ever expanding list of top quality restaurants which excel in showcasing the very best of Scottish fresh produce.

A lesser known Scottish dish is porridge! Try a local bowl on your private tour of Scotland

6. Porridge

Since medieval times oats have grown in Scotland as the staple diet of many a Scot in the form of oatcake, bannocks, flapjacks and of course porridge, the hot mixture of oatmeal, water and salt. For thrifty crofters porridge was not exclusively a breakfast dish but leftovers would be poured into the “porridge drawer” in the kitchen dresser, cooled to a solid then cut up and fried for lunch and supper. Great sustenance for a hard day on the hill!

Cranachan is truly unique in Scotland with fresh Scottish Raspberries - try this sweet dessert on your luxury Scottish tour

7. Cranachan

Scottish Raspberries thrive in our cool climate, slowly ripening to their plump, mouth-watering juiciness. In Angus and Perthshire, great armies of school children spent their summers earning pocket money berry picking, returning home each night with more berries in their tummies than coins in their grubby fists. Add cream and a dash of whisky to raspberries and toasted oats and you have the deliciously simple dessert of Cranachan. Perfection!

Shellfish is a very popular dish at our Scottish coastal towns; Drumscot recommend Coruisk House on the Isle of Skye

8. Shellfish

With over ten thousand miles of shoreline it’s no wonder there's a high number of tables, both modest and luxurious, where you can tuck into crab, langoustine or lobster literally just off the boat and out of the creel. It does not get better than Coruisk House of the Isle of Skye, Craig Millar’s of Fife or the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar in Argyll.

Traditionally stovies were the dish served to Scottish staff, but they are now iconic within Scotland. Very popular at a Scottish ceilidh!

9. Stovies

Tradition has it that while the Laird would tuck into his Sunday Roast of Aberdeen Angus Beef, there was no such decadence for his staff. For them, the leftovers would be mixed with potatoes and dripping and these Stovies would be eeked out over the week. Still, there’s no better dish to serve up at a Ceilidh to keep the reelers reeling into the wee small hours.

Scottish shortbread can be found throughout Scottish towns, and is a must on your private tour of Scotland

10. Shortbread

This thick, golden biscuit is a simple mixture of butter, sugar and flour but as with many Scottish dishes, is much greater than the sum of its parts. “Shortie” should be light and crumbly with a dense buttery taste. To get it right is no mean feat and only the lightest hands will yield this great Scottish gift to the baking world.

If you are interested in a private tour of Scotland taking in one or more of these delectable Scottish dishes, Drumscot would be delighted to prepare a sample itinerary for your consideration. In the first instance please contact

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