Top 5 Food and Drink Activities in Scotland

While a lot of people might half-jokingly see the pinnacle of Scotland’s cuisine as the deep-fried Mars Bar, there’s far more to traditional Scottish food than that. With some of the most spectacular seafood in the UK as well as the best whiskey in the world and a whole host of filling and delicious treats to tuck into, Scottish food is well worth exploring. And there’s no better place to enjoy what’s on offer than at one of our luxury castles in Scotland, which make the perfect place to stay while you’re exploring the country – and just so you know, deep-fried Mars Bars are actually pretty delicious…

1. Tasting Scotland, St. Andrews

A gourmand with limited time on their hands can squeeze in as much eating and drinking as possible on a day-long ‘Tasting St. Andrews Tour’. Though most commonly associate with golf, St. Andrews is also a choice food destination and harbours several award-winning food producers. During this day-long tour, hungry participants will get to peak behind the scenes at a local dairy and a craft brewery. They’ll also sample Scottish goods, including cheese, craft ales, whisky or ice cream (your choice), shortbread and more. A tasting lunch comprising several regional specialties and wine is also part of the package.

2. The Peat Inn, St. Andrews

The chef at this elegant 18th-century Michelin-starred inn plucks outstanding seasonal ingredients from Scotland’s brimming larder to plate up his flawlessly executed dishes. You can feast on local game, seafood from just down the road and Scottish farmhouse cheeses in the intimate dining rooms. End the meal with a coffee back in the reception room, where a blazing fire roars during colder weather.

3. Edinburgh Gin Distillery Tours, Edinburgh West End

Edinburgh Gin Distillery, Edinburgh West EndWhisky isn’t the only spirit on the scene in Scotland. Scottish gin is currently enjoying something of a renaissance at the moment and offers a tasty alternative to the prevalent golden elixir. Leave the car at home for Edinburgh Gin Distillery Tours, ranked in the top 20 of Edinburgh Visitor Attractions on Tripadvisor. You’ll delve into Edinburgh’s rich history of gin production, and discover the science of distilling with a chance to see their beautiful copper stills in action. We’d go as far as to say it’s one of the best experiences in Scotland.

4. Rabbies, Various Locations

Whether you’re a bonafide Scotch geek or a neophyte who wants to find out what all the fuss is about, Rabbies Discover Malt Whisky Day Tour will bring you deeper into the world of Scotch whisky. You’ll visit Glengoyne and Deanston distilleries for tours and tastings, as well as taking in views of Loch Lomond National Park and stopping for lunch in a loch-side pub.

Price: Tours starting from £36pp

5. The Three Chimneys, Skye

Housed in a converted crofter’s cottage, this restaurant is located on the very north-west tip of the Isle of Skye. It’s not the kind of place you’ll just happen to pass by, though it’s well worth going out of your way to eat here. The menu is a local affair with many of the dish components namechecking both Skye and other Hebridean Island locales, such as Gigha (halibut), Dunvegan (crab) and Glendale (mesclun).