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12 Traditional Scottish foods you must try in Scotland

  • United Kingdom (UK)

Last updated: 12 April, 2024

From world-class whisky to Scots Broth, Aberdeen Angus beef to filled sheep’s stomach, we asked Scotland resident and destination specialist Lucy Gillmore to select the best specialty Scottish foods and flavours you must try while you’re in Scotland.

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Arbroath Smokie

  • Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)

Arbroath Smokie

Experience

Served warm, wrapped in paper and ready to eat, a smokie is a whole smoked haddock golden brown on one side, the flesh creamy and flaky – so good it was awarded PGI status in 2004.

Good for age: 18+

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Cranachan

  • Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)

close up of a traditional Scottish Cranachan dessert in a glass

Experience

The dessert traditionally served to celebrate the raspberry harvest in June, cranachan is a moreish mix of whipped cream (or crowdie a fresh farmhouse cheese), toasted pinhead oatmeal, whisky, honey and fresh raspberries.

Good for age: 18+

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Crowdie

  • Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)

Crowdie

Experience

A soft creamy fresh cow’s cheese traditionally made by Scottish crofters or farmers and sometimes served topped with toasted oatmeal and black pepper.

Good for age: 18+

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Cullen Skink

  • Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)

Cullen Skink

Experience

The coastal town of Cullen in Morayshire lends its name to this creamy Scottish soup made with ‘finnan haddie‘ (undyed smoked haddock), potatoes and leeks – it’s Scotland’s chowder.

Good for age: 18+

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Fish Supper

  • Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)

fish and chips in paper

Experience

In Scotland fish and chips is known as a fish supper – the fish is usually haddock whereas in England it’s more likely to be cod.

Good for age: 18+

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Haggis

  • Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)

Haggis

Experience

Far tastier than it sounds, haggis is made from ‘sheep’s pluck’, the liver, lungs and heart minced with oatmeal, onion and spices and was traditionally encased sausage-like in a sheep’s stomach although today an artificial casing is used. It’s usually served with neeps (mashed turnip) and tatties (mashed potato).

Good for age: 18+

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Porridge

  • Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)

Porridge - traditional Scottish foods to try in Scotland

Experience

Hardy Scots will have their porridge with water and a sprinkling of salt, but this traditional warm oatmeal breakfast is a real treat with cream and whisky.

Good for age: 18+

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Scotch Broth

  • Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)

Scotch Broth

Experience

A hearty and wholesome soup made with barley and lamb or mutton and root vegetables such as carrot and turnip and split peas.

Good for age: 18+

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Shortbread

  • Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)

Scottish shortbread

Experience

Two parts butter to one part sugar, this sweet buttery biscuit was invented in Scotland and popularised by Mary Queen of Scots who was partial to a thin, crisp Petticoat’s Tail.

Good for age: 18+

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Smoked Salmon

  • Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)

Salmon is caught fresh from Highland rivers and smoked in traditional smokehouses

Experience

Artisan smokehouses are peppered throughout Scotland producing this traditional succulent delicacy, using locally-caught salmon from fresh Highland streams..

Good for age: 18+

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Tablet

  • Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)

Tablet

Experience

For those with a sweet tooth look no further, this is the Scottish version of fudge made with condensed milk, butter and sugar and with a hard crumbly texture.

Good for age: 18+

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Whisky

  • Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)

Whisky

Experience

The water of life or in Scots Gaelic ‘uisge beathe’, whisky is an alcoholic drink made from a fermented mash of grains and aged in wooden barrels. A ‘wee dram’ or ‘nip’ is the traditional Scottish nightcap.

Good for age: 18+

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