Scottish Seafood – The biggest export from Scotland is its Salmon and definitely on the list of things you must try when visiting. Enjoy it cooked or smoked for breakfast, lunch or dinner. You’ll see it everywhere! Regional fish specialities include Cullen Skink, a soup of smoked haddock, potatoes and onions and Arbroath Toasties, smoked haddock poached in milk with a mixture of egg, flour and grated cheese and then served on toast.
Haggis – This may be the first food item you think of in relation to Scotland. There are 1,001 ways for it to be served and it can be eaten at any meal period. It will likely never win any beauty contests, but don’t let the looks deceive you as it is packed full of flavor. A traditional dish is Haggis, Neeps and Tatties or Turnips and Potatoes as we would say!
Aberdeen Angus Beef – A world renowned beef brand, Angus beef is famous for its finely marbled meat. This gives it an even distribution of fat in the cut and therefore results in a more juicy and tender meat than many other breeds.
Scottish Whisky (Scotch) – Scotland is the center of whisky production in the world with over 130 distilleries. Many of these distilleries have visitor centers where you can learn all about their story and indeed taste some of the so-called Uisge Beatha, the water of life!
Scottish Gin – Despite the new found popularity of Gin, it has been produced in Scotland for a long time with 180 different varieties in existence. 70% of the UK’s gin is made in Scotland including some of the most known brands in the world like Gordons, Hendricks and Tanqueray.
Irn Bru – Known as Scotland’s other national drink Irn Bru came to the market in 1901. It is a carbonated soft drink and very popular in the UK, ranking as the third most popular selling drink. Their famous slogan is Irn Bru gets you through!