13 things you have to eat when you go to Scotland

Stovies, cranachan and clootie dumplings: Just some of the delicacies on offer



Heading to the Edinburgh fringe festival this summer? Or perhaps you fancy losing yourself on a walking holiday in the Scottish Highlands? Either way, you're in for a gourmet treat.

From stovies and cranachan to clootie dumplings – you won't want to miss out on these culinary delights.

Scottish Haggis Cooked For A Burns Night Dinner Against A Royal Stuart Tartan

1. Haggis
Starting off with a Scottish classic, this savoury pud consists of sheep offal mixed with oats, onion and spices. We're reliably assured of its deliciousness. It's traditionally served with....

Haggis, Neeps & Tatties

2. Neeps and Tatties
AKA swede/ turnips and potatoes. Both mashed. Comfort food for the win.

Circle of sliced shortbread

3. Shortbread
Simple is sometimes best. This crumbly goodness is made from just three ingredients: butter, sugar and flour.

Plate of fish with oatmeal and herbs

4. Herring in oatmeal
Two staple components of Scottish cuisine rolled into one.


5. Cranachan
A heavenly combo of raspberries, oats, cream, whisky and honey.

Leak & potato stovies with Arbroath smokies

6. Stovies
Potato mixed with leftovers (not dissimilar to Bubble and Squeak). Mop up the plate with an oatcake or two.

Food in Scotland

7. Deep-fried Mars bars
Sweet sweet nougat covered in chocolate. Then battered. An anonymous source elaborated: "We like to deep-fry everything, as I'm sure you're aware. Pizzas, Mars bars, nothing is a bridge too far for Scots."

*May be a myth

Cock-a-Leekie, traditional Scottish chicken and leek soup, served in bowl, with bread, close-up

8. 'Auld reekie' cock-a-leekie soup
Leek and chicken soup. A warming winter broth made from leek and chicken stock. Perfect for warming you up after a walk in the Hebrides.

Three circular oatcakes, close up.

9. Bannock
Oatcakes. The humble bannock was traditionally shaped into a large circle and cut into triangles, though it's now more commonly found in thin rounds. Made from oatmeal, they can be plain or laced with endless different flavours.

Clootie dumpling with drambuie ice cream

10. Clootie dumpling
A suet and fruit pudding. "Clootie" refers to the rag or piece of cloth that is wrapped around the mixture as it cooks.

Colcannon potato mash in cream faceted bowl with metal spoon

11. Colcannon
Mashed potatoes and cabbage. Another example of less is more, this recipe can be jazzed up with various ingredients including chives, leeks and onions.

finnan haddie    traditional...

12. Finnan Haddie
A creamy dish of lightly-smoked haddock that is named after a hamlet in the North East of Scotland. Its distinctive flavour will be remembered by everyone who tries it.

Macaroni and cheese baked as a little pies

12. Macaroni cheese pie
No explanation needed. Tastes as good as it sounds.

Dundee cake on a wooden table

14. Dundee cake
Another fruitcake, this time topped with almonds and originally mass-produced by a Scottish marmalade company.

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