North of the border, they’re celebrating a year of gastronomy in 2015, so we teamed up with the tourist board to find the best food and drink experiences in Scotland.
The list is inspired by some of Scotland’s top personalities such as chefs Tom Lewis and Carina Contini, golf professionals at Gleneagles, and Festivals Edinburgh director Faith Liddell who were canvassed along with followers on social media for their ideas.
Fish & chips at the harbour in Anstruther
Faith Liddell is a fan: “The award-winning Anstruther Fish Bar is a legend with some of the best fish and chips in the UK. Waiting in the queue, watching screens with images of local fishermen struggling in rough seas to catch your dinner, makes that deep fried fish taste even more marvellous.”
A meal at the Andrew Fairlie Michelin Star Restaurant, the Strathearn or afternoon tea at Gleneagles
This was a choice of Chef Tom Lewis, from the Monachyle Mhor Hotel in Perthshire, who said: “One of the dishes had a couple of pistachios on it. Still to this day, one of the best pistachios I have ever eaten.”
Wild berry picking in the Scottish Borders
According to Chef Carina Contini, owner of restaurants in Edinburgh including Contini Cannonball: “The idea of free fruit on a hedge along a country walk. My children get as excited as I did when I was their age.”
A meal at one of the restaurants on Thistle Street in the Capital, including Iris and the Bon Vivant
Andrew Jowett, Gleneagles’ Head Golf Professional suggested: “Bon Vivant, on Edinburgh’s Thistle Street. It is a really atmospheric night out. They do tapas-style dishes with a twist – like haggis bon bons and chorizo in cider – and have a cracking cocktail list.”
Frankie’s fish & chips, located in the village of Brae on the shores of Busta Voe in the Shetland Isles
As suggested by Facebook fan Silvestre Selvatica, who added: “Shetland is a place out of the world, with breathtaking views, dramatic skies and lots of puffins so friendly that if you sit on the grass on the ledge they will eventually come to you .. Making you feel like you’re melting into nature.”
Enjoying a Scottish breakfast, including Ayrshire sausage, during a stay at one of the many seafront guesthouses and B&Bs in Ayrshire
Facebook fan John Anderson said: “Brekkie in the By the Sea guest house in Ayr…truly heroic.”
Eating a genuine Aberdeen buttery in Aberdeenshire
Including Facebook fan Carol Taylor who loves these savoury delights which are also known as “Rowies, morning rolls in Aberdeen!”
A meal from Tobermory on the Isle of Mull
Facebook fan Fi Cawley gives her vote to “Fresh scallops and langoustines on Mull at Cafe Fish.”
A trip to Castle Douglas, a designated Food Town boasting some 50 food & drink outlets
Facebook fan Julia Cliff loves “Haggis from Ballards butchers in Castle Douglas.”
Trying a genuine Arbroath smokie!
Including Facebook fan Peter Marsh who enjoys a “proper Arbroath smokie!”
A visit to BrewDog in Glasgow or the Artisan in Wishaw
Those who suggested this included Facebook fan Simon Bernard who said “The Artisan in Wishaw has the best selection of whisky in the world!”
A pilgrimage to the Isle of Skye, home to globally revered restaurants such as the Three Chimneys
Facebook fan Jackie Godward enjoys: “Freshly picked mussels on the Isle of Skye. We picked them at Broadford and took them back to the cottage to cook them with wine, chilli and garlic. Best mussels ever!
A picnic by Loch Lomond (ab0ve)
This would be the choice of Facebook fan Julia Knauf who added that “plenty of shortbread” would make the experience extra special!
A meal of freshly caught fish in Orkney
Orkney lovers include Facebook fan Eileen Kinnaird who would choose “Fish of the Day at Pierowall Hotel, Westray, Orkney.”
A visit to the Temple Café on the Isle of Harris
Facebook fan Robbie Alberre Gibbon loves the Temple Café – the building is made of stone and looks like an ancient temple.
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