Top Scottish food & drink bucket list
This year is Scotland’s year of Food and Drink. The country is famed for its natural larder, award-winning restaurants and drinks and many other taste sensations. How many of these 27 must-tastes will you tick off in 2015?
- Eat a real Arbroath Smokie.
- Suck on a Soor Ploome (that’s a bright green, sour plum flavoured boiled sweet)
- Enjoy wild Scottish game, especially venison, cooked by an expert chef.
- Treat yourself to a Fisher and Donaldson custard slice in St Andrews
- Make a pilgrimage to the Isle of Skye, home to globally acclaimed restaurants such as the Michelin starred The Three Chimneys.
- Cook over a campfire on a remote beach.
- Visit a malt whisky distillery – or make the journey to Islay, the island home of many whiskies.
- Eat an Ashvale Whale (a 1lb cod fillet from the Ashvale chip shops in Aberdeen, Brechin, Dundee, Elgin, Ellon and Inverurie)
- Dine on the traditional Scottish dish of haggis, neeps and tatties (it doesn’t need to be a Burns Supper to enjoy this meal.)
- Fish for salmon in the Tweed
- Have an ice-cream at Luca’s in Musselburgh or Nardini’s in Larg
- Buy coffee and olive oil at Valvona and Crolla, Edinburgh.
- Toast the year of Food & Drink with cocktails at Rogano, Glasgow’s oldest restaurant.
- Pop a square of Scottish tablet into your mouth and let it melt in all its sugary wonderfulness.
- Book a table for two at the Wee Curry Shop in Glasgow.
- Eat a deep-fried Mars Bar (ask a friendly chip shop to batter and fry one for you).
- Enjoy beautifully cooked fresh scallops and langoustines on Mull at Cafe Fish.
- Pick wild berries in Perthshire.
- Then enjoy a tipple or two of Cairn o’ Mohr wine made from these very berries. There are many other fruit wines and ciders to try, too, at the Perthshire winery.
- Eat a genuine Aberdeen buttery in Aberdeenshire.
- Ask a Scot to say Curly Wurly and hear how they deliciously roll their Rs.
- Queue up for fish and chips at the atmospheric harbour in Anstruther, Fife, then feast on the taste sensation of a “fish supper” from the award-winning Anstruther Fish Bar.
- Take afternoon tea at Gleneagles.
- Order a full Scottish breakfast, including haggis!
- Make the trip to Castle Douglas, in Dumfries & Galloway, a designated Food Town boasting some 50 food and drink outlets
- Forage for Scottish wild food with an expert.
- Take a picnic to the shores of Loch Lomond or climb a nearby hill for an outdoors meal with spectacular views.
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