Lifting the lid on Scotland’s Food and Drink

Last Friday the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh, the world centre for the study of Scotland and the Scots, opened its summer exhibition and it looks to be a cracker for Scotland's food and drink enthusiasts. The 'Lifting the Lid: 400 years of Food and Drink in Scotland', exhibition uses a variety of material including a rich collection of manuscripts, books, household accounts, tradesmen’s bills and recipe books, as well as feature both amateur and government films to tell the story of Scotland’s food and drink. As part of the Year of Food and Drink, ...

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Top 5 must-try food and drink when in Scotland

A glass of malt whisky
When it comes to travel, we all know there is something very special about enjoying the food and drink of the country you are in. It tells a story like no other story can be told. The food on a plate is the only form of art that touches all 5 senses. Quite incredible really. In Scotland, we are blessed with a fantastic natural larder. From Shetland lamb who graze on nutrient rich seaweed in the north to wild river salmon further south, from ripe raspberries in the east and sublime seafood in the west there is a feast of local and regional flavours around every corner ...

Scottish Food Memories: Get involved

Home-made Oatcakes
Do you have a food memory of living in Scotland that instantly transports you back to a precious time in your life? If so, there’s a place to share it and be entered into a prize draw to win dinner, bed and breakfast at The Three Chimneys on the Isle of Skye. Yesterday, we were delighted to join Scottish Chef, owner of the renowned restaurant, The Three Chimneys, Shirley Spear, other food enthusiasts and the team from VisitScotland, our national tourism organisation, at the launch of an appeal to highlight the places and people behind Scotland’s favourite family ...

An altogether different Scottish Easter treat

Whilst most people will be deciding which chocolate egg to consume this Easter we decided to take a more seasonal approach to Spring dining. And the result, a rather unusual and delicious savoury/sweet shortbread. Thinking you’d probably rather stick to a chocolate egg? I promise you that you will be amazed at how good this shortbread is. Perfectly paired with a cup of tea or as a sweet biscuit with cheese it was inspired by one of our food heroes, Carlo Petrini. We recently had a visit in Scotland from Carlo, the founder of Slow Food which encouraged us once again to ...

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Gie her a haggis

Today, the 25th January marks the birthday of Scotland’s most famous bard and one of our national heroes, Rabbie Burns. Long standing traditions at Burns’ Suppers have become as much a tribute to Scottish food and drink, as to his work. But few probably realise just how closely each of the courses from Scotch Broth to Haggis, Neeps and Tatties, Cranachan and Cheese and Oatcakes washed down, most likely with more than just, a wee dram of whisky ties in with Burns the man, from his childhood experiences to his writing and his, shall we say, vivacious love for life. ...

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Scottish Smoked Salmon – your where to buy for Christmas

Last minute food shopping? Fear not.  Here is our recommendation on where to get the bare essential starter item for making it an ultra special Scottish foodie Christmas:  the quintessential king of smoked fish, Salmon. Although Scottish Smoked Salmon is still considered somewhat a luxury food item, steady supply has maintained the prices at relatively the same levels they were years ago, making it an affordable food item that can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, dinner or as a snack. Salmon can be of course be farmed or wild. The latter is rarer and more ...

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