25 Scottish food and drink experiences you have to try before you die

While Scotland has some amazing scenery and landscapes, we also have a thriving food and drink scene that goes way beyond the myths of the deep fried mars bar.

Monday, 15th July 2019, 7:00 am
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From Michelin Starred restaurants, award-winning chippies to ancient pubs and picture perfect distilleries, these are the top 25 food and drink experiences to try before you die.

One of Scotlands oldest, family-run fruit farms in the Scottish Borders, Border Berries grow all of their fruit outside with no heating or polytunnels. Situated on the A699, the farm also has a caf and picnic area.
In a bid to save their traditional red phone box, local girls Holly Ford and Bron Campbell open a tiny cake shop - Cakes in the Call Box. Located in Cladich, Argyll, visitors can pick what they like and pay via an honesty box.

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This family-friendly day out wouldnt be complete without indulging in luxurious dairy Cream o' Galloway Ice Cream and trying Finlay's Farmhouse Cheese.
The most northerly chippie in Scotland, Frankies Fish and Chips in Shetland won the UKs No.1 Fish and Chip Shop in 2015.
The home of the Edinburgh Gin distillery, Heads and Tales bat boasts over 80 varieties of gin and also houses two stills Flora and Caledonia making it the perfect spot for any juniper enthusiast.
A firm favourite in the picturesque town, Jeanettas has been creating wonderful flavours for over 100 years.
The Muneroy tearoom and stores in the village of Southend on the Kintyre peninsula is a must visit for those with a sweet tooth thanks to their fabulous cake creations.
From Hoot the Redeemer and Panda and Sons in Edinburgh to Wheesht in Glasgow, these underground bars are not what they seem on the outside.
The award-winning Anstruther Fish and Chip Bar boasts royal and famous customers and is located right on the picturesque harbour of this East Neuk village.
Ballintaggart near Grantully has been wowing foodies since it opened in 2016, and their seasonal feasts are a highlight of the events and classes they run.
Opened in 1935, art deco themed restaurant Rogano has been serving the best of Scottish seafood to locals and visitors alike for over 75 years.
Six by Nico has been a hit since it opened in Finnieston in Glasgow. With a themed tasting menu that changes every six weeks, diners can expect something new every time they visit.
The Malt Whisky Trail links nine iconic whisky locations in Moray Speyside, an area with the largest concentration of whisky distilleries in the world. Take a camera as many (like Strathisla, pictured) are beautiful.
One of Scotlands most well-known breweries is not where youd expect to master the art of cooking but the Tennents Academy offers just that. With a range of classes to choose from theres something for all.
Originally run by industry veteran Peter Jukes, The Cellar was taken over and re-opened by local boy and top chef Billy Boyter in 2014. Housed in a building that was formerly a cooperage, its an atmospheric dining experience.
A classic example of the French influence on Scottish cuisine, The Kitchin was opened by top Scots chef Tom Kitchin in 2006 and has gone on to become a true favourite in the capital
The Pot Still in Glasgow is known around the world for its extensive whisky collection and is an ideal stop for those who want to try a new or rare dram.
The Tower restaurant in Edinburgh has an exceptional rooftop setting and unrivalled Edinburgh Castle views, make for the perfect backdrop for you to enjoy a delicious dinner.
Named restaurant of the year in the 2018 Good Food Guide, the Three Chimneys team are keeping up the reputation that began with Shirley and Eddie Spear, and has been carried through by head chef Scott Davies.
You might need one for courage. The cellar of this popular Grassmarket haunt dates back to 1516, making this one of the oldest pubs in the city. As well as this, it is billed as the most haunted.
The Scotia Bar (1792) sits on one of Glasgows four original streets and is thought to be one, if not the, oldest pub in the city.
MasterChef Pro champion Jamie Scotts restaurant, The Newport, serves up wonderful Scottish food using the best of local ingredients, and which can be enjoyed while looking out over the Tay to Dundee.
This high fat snack - a bit like a savoury, flat croissant - has been a north east favourite for years. Best try it with a cup of tea, warm with jam.
An Arbroath Smokie is a fresh haddock, smoked over a hardwood fire and is best enjoyed in the small fishing village of Auchmithie where its thought to have originated.
George Street isnt short on bars, but the most famous (and some would argue beautiful) is The Dome. It is at its best (and busiest) at Christmas. Pop in for a cocktail or two, or treat yourself to a traditional afternoon tea.