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Scotland for food lovers
In a country world-renowned for its pristine lochs, rivers, mountains and glens, it is hardly surprising that Scotland produces such a feast of taste sensations. Scotland’s larder is stocked full of natural ingredients from prime Aberdeen Angus beef and wild venison to salmon, the king of fish and an array of seafood, often hand-dived.
Festivals, events and markets
Encouraged by a growing awareness and request for high-quality products, events such as Food Festivals and Farmers’ Markets have mushroomed. Scottish Food Fortnight is celebrated at the beginning of September with tastings, cookery demonstrations and gourmet trails, while Food and Drink Festivals are held year-round.
Scotland's Winter Festivals are also a great place to try seasonal produce and traditional Scottish fayre. Wander through Edinburgh's Christmas Market enjoying roast chestnuts, or something more filling, like traditionally-made Clootie Dumpling, with currants and raisins served warm with custard.
Enjoy the buzz, aromas, tastes and sales patter of local Farmers’ Markets in scenic locations such as quaint village squares or the shadow of Edinburgh Castle.
Touring Gourmet Scotland
Why not stay in a restaurant with rooms? Relax with a dram in a friendly bar with an open fire, enjoy a hearty meal and then just head for bed. Traditional inns and pubs across Scotland offer excellent hospitality together with bed & breakfast accommodation.
For fine dining, make a reservation at one of the many Michelin-starred restaurants in Scotland. They include Summer Isles in Achiltibuie, Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles, Sangster’s in Elie, Inverlochy Castle in Fort William, Champany Inn in Linlithgow, The Albannach in Lochinver, Boath House in Nairn, The Peat Inn by Cupar in Fife, Knockinaam Lodge in Portpatrick, Kinloch Lodge on Skye and Number One, 21212, The Kitchin, Martin Wishart and the Plumed Horse, all in Edinburgh.
Eating out on a budget
Eating out in Scotland needn’t cost the earth – the best fish and chips can be enjoyed on a park bench while admiring the harbour-side view, and gastro pubs offer haute cuisine at knockdown prices. Even Michelin starred restaurants serve fixed-price and excellent-value lunches or pre-theatre dinners, while special Dine Around meal deal promotions are regularly available. Special offers are also available from http://www.eatscotland.com/.
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