I love food and I’m always keen to try local delicacies when I travel. When I think of Scotland, foraging and seasonal produce come to mind and more specifically the classics – oats, whisky, haggis and wild game. It appears that Scotland and particularly the Scottish Highlands are having a foodie moment… and championing a new breed of locally-inspired artisan producers in a bigger way than before.
We know that buying local is on trend but clearly one that should become a way of life if we care about provenance, food miles, freshness and sustaining small businesses. It feels as if Scotland is raising the bar in its support for up and coming artisans using less traditional ‘Scottish’ ingredients, who are keen to make their mark by showing real flair for taste and innovation. From my trip alone, I can now add ‘experimental’ gin, organic beer, hand-made cheeses and the most delectable chocolate to my list of new things to experience around this breathtakingly beautiful Scottish region.
So take note… here are just a few of them to look out for in the local shops, restaurants and bars as well as hotels and B&Bs – introduced to me during my stay at the leading eco-retreat, Alladale Wilderness Reserve near Ardgay:
Beers from organic brewery, Black Isle
‘Experimental’ gin from Dornoch Distillery
Artisan cheeses from Highland Fine Cheeses
Chocolates and truffles from Cocoa Mountain