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Traditional Scottish Foods


Local food is something that many people avoid when travelling to different countries, with many not wanting to take the risk of trying something new.

Scotland is famous for many things! One of which being its many famous dishes, which we would love for you to come and try.

Here are 5 of our favourites to wet your appetite. We love them! Will you?

The thought of black pudding can b very off putting for people who haven’t tried it before. The main ingredient, which is blood, can make some people feel rather queasy; although if you give this delight a chance you may just love it. It is commonly found in a full Scottish breakfast served alongside bacon and lorne sausauge (another Scottish delicacy) and you may also find it alongside other dishes in many top class restaurants.

Again, Haggis can have a similar reputation to black pudding. The controversial ingredient in this dish is sheep’s pluck, which is made up of the sheep’s heart, liver and lungs. This is then mixed with other ingredients such as oatmeal and spices and then cooked inside a sheep’s stomach. The dish is most commonly serves with neeps (turnip) and tatties (potatoes). Haggis is considered to be the national dish of Scotland making this a must try when visiting this country.

Traditionally Stovies were served as a winter dish using the leftovers from a Sunday roast. The recipe for Stovies differs from family to family and it will be very rare that you will find the same dish twice. Ingredients usually consist of meat, potatoes and onion and pretty much anything else that you have lying around needing to be used up. Scot’s consider this to be the ultimate comfort food!

A scotch pie is a traditional Scottish ‘fast food’ snack. It is a pastry pie crust filled with mince (usually mutton, but the recipe can vary). The scotch pie is often served with chips and baked beans and is best served hot. You will be able to find these in local take-away restaurants and bakeries.

With all this savoury talk I thought I’d better throw something in to wet the appetite of you all with a sweet tooth. Cranachan is a sweet traditional Scottish dessert consisting of a mixture of cream, whisky, honey, raspberries and oatmeal. There are many variations of the recipe although ingredients are commonly all mixed together and served with toasted oatmeal on top or served in layers alternating between a creamy mixture and the raspberries. You will find this dish served in many places throughout Scotland and on many top restaurants dessert menu’s.