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Typical Scottish food and drink - salmon rolls with tea

What is typical Scottish food and drink?

You can find typical Scottish food and drink in pubs as well as in restaurants or hotels in Scotland. It’s not just that shortbread and whiskey. Although of course this too Trips to Savor belong. We notice one thing very quickly during our stay in Scotland. Scottish food is hearty and filling. So perfect for Outdoor adventurer In scotland. However, it is not easy to find out what to order. Anyone reading a menu in Scotland for the first time needs one Übersetzer. Because who knows immediately what Haggis, Neeps and Tatties are? We were in a restaurant on our first visit Inverness at least before a riddle.


Typical Scottish food and drink in Fiddlers traditional scottish food
For example, Scottish food is available at Fiddlers in Drumnadrochit


Typical Scotland: Haggis, Neeps & Tatties

Thanks to Google and a good internet connection, we quickly find out that Haggis is a typical Scottish specialty. The ingredients initially take some getting used to. Haggis consists of sheep entrails like heart, liver, lungs and stomach, which are minced in the meat grinder. They then mix that with fat, flour and onions. Some like to add beef and oatmeal. Haggis is always well seasoned with pepper. This mixture is filled into a sheep's stomach and cooked in the oven. My initial skepticism quickly disappears, when I realize, that it tastes quite good. For my taste it is a bit spicy, though. But that obviously is typical. In Scotland, "Neeps" is a puree made from turnips, and "Tatties" are potatoes, that are also served as coarse puree.


Typical Scottish food - Haggis, Neeps and Tatties
Haggis, Neeps and Tatties


Haggis, Neeps & Tatties was also the favorite dish of Robert Burns, Scotland's most famous poet. He even wrote a poem about it. You can find this (and a German translation of it) here.



It's Scottish food, that's perfect for an evening out after a hike at one of the lochs. We taste it for the first time at a dinner. It is served as the first course of our dinner in the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness *. In hotels you can sometimes get haggis for breakfast, too. However, since we are only briefly in Inverness and at Loch Ness, we want to taste other breakfast versions. After all, we want to get to know as much typical Scottish food as possible during our time in the country.


Scottish breakfast
Scottish breakfast


Breakfast in Scotland - typical Scottish food

Our first breakfast in Inverness reminds me a lot of Ireland and how they start the day there. It is served in a coffee shop in the hotel. The ambience is not really cozy, rather functional. The selection for a continental (cold) breakfast consists of cold cuts and cheese, fruit, cereals, dried fruits and nuts, yogurt, bread, pastries, porridge, milk and juices. However, we are interested in a cooked Scottish breakfast. We can choose the ingredients for this ourselves. There are pork sausages, black pudding, bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes, eggs (fried or as scrambled eggs) and baked beans. Except for the beans, you can find everything in the photo above.


Salmon Eggs Benedict
Salmon Eggs Benedict


In addition, there are other side dishes or warm breakfast variations. These include vegetarian sausages, poached eggs, potato scones, omelets, Pancakes, Haggis, boiled eggs, smoked herring (Scottish Kippers), smoked salmon with scrambled eggs, poached Scottish smoked fish (Scottish Smoked Haddock) and poached eggs. We order Eggs Benedict on smoked salmon on the second day. I usually can't resist that. Again, this was a good choice and typical Scottish food. We often find salmon on the menus in Scotland.


Highland cattle
Highland cattle


Scottish lunch

For lunch, you can go to restaurants, pubs or coffee shops on country roads. As we spend the first day of our stay in Inverness with a tour of the area, we stop at one of the coffee shops along the route. Scottish highland cattle graze in the pasture. A doe greets us curiously from its paddock, and geese chatter excitedly, when they see us coming.


Typical Scottish food and drink - salmon rolls with tea
Salmon bun with tea
Potato soup
Potato soup


The coffee shop is small but well visited. There is still space at one of the wooden tables for us. From our seats we have a good view of the cattle pasture and the countryside. We choose our dishes from a slate board, that advertises the daily specials. I opt for a salmon roll with meat salad, mixed salad and chips. There is also tea. This is as popular in Scotland, as it is in England. Petar has a potato soup with bread.


Pork belly on pumpkin puree with red wine sauce
Pork belly on pumpkin puree with red wine sauce


On the second day of our stay, we visit the Number 27 restaurant (27 Castle St, Inverness IV2 3DU) below Inverness Castle. Number 27 is a mixture of pub and restaurant. It describes itself as "Bar and Kitchen". On the walls it advertises the current desserts of the day. However, we choose our lunch from the extensive menu. It is cozy here. Apparently the ladies group, who comes shortly after us and obviously enjoys their lunch together, agrees. This time we opt for pork belly on pumpkin puree with red wine sauce. Even our lunch shows, how hearty - and good - Scottish food and drink is. Neither our time nor the capacity of our stomach are big enough for a dessert. That's why we save the desserts for our dinners.

What do you eat for dinner in Scotland?

When it comes to Scottish dinners, the first thing that might come to mind is haggis. This traditional dish is made from sheep's heart, liver and lungs, mixed with rolled oats and spices. The whole thing is then cooked in a sheep's stomach. Haggis may not be for everyone, but it's definitely worth trying.

If you want to try something less adventurous, then you should try Cullen Skink. This is a delicious soup made from smoked fish, potatoes and onions. Often served with fresh bread, it's a great choice for a cold night.

Another option for a Scottish dinner is the famous fish and chips. Fried fish is served with french fries. While it may not be traditionally Scottish, it's definitely a popular dish in Scotland.

There are also plenty of other tasty options for a Scottish dinner, from steak to vegetarian dishes. Whatever you choose, don't forget to try a Scottish beer or whiskey with it. That makes the food even better!

For dinner there is typical Scottish food in Inverness and at Loch Ness

We have dinner twice during our short trip to Inverness. Once at the Conservatory Restaurant at the Kingsmills Hotel in town, and once at the Fiddler's Pub in Drumnadrochit on Loch Ness. We got Scottish food at both locations. Scottish gourmet food with haggis, neeps and tatties (see photo above) as a starter was available at the hotel. We liked, that traditional Scottish food was part of a gourmet dinner. In the pub we got pub food as is common in Scotland. That is also an experience, that we like to remember.


Enjoy Scottish gourmet food at Kingsmills Hotel
Kingsmills Hotel


Gourmet food at the Conservatory Restaurant at the Kingsmills Inn in Inverness

We are served a gourmet dinner at the Conservatory Restaurant at the Kingsmills Inn. The Scottish starter is followed by a featherblade of Scottish beef with châteaux potatoes, seasonal vegetables and red wine jus. With the "Featherblade" I had to google again and found this explanation at LEO: It is the piece "above the (shoulder) blade and is probably called "feather blade" because a thick layer of connective tissue runs through the middle, from which the fiber in branches off in both directions as if from a quill.” In any case, it tasted excellent.


Featherblade of Scottish Beef with Chateaux Potatoes, Veggies and red wine jus
Featherblade of Scottish Beef with Chateaux Potatoes, Veggies and red wine jus


Raspberry slices as dessert rounded off our gourmet dinner perfectly. They were the perfect and light ending to our first dinner in Scotland.


Raspberry Cranachan Gateau with Chantilly Cream
Raspberry Cranachan Gateau with Chantilly Cream


To round it off, we enjoyed a coffee and a glass of Highland Single Malt Scotch Whiskey from the Tomatin Distillery, which we visited the next day. I am usually not a fan of Scottish whiskey, because it is often too smoky for me. I usually prefer triple distilled Irish whiskey. All the more surprising was Tomatin's Legacy whiskey. I am now convinced of Scottish food and drink in this respect too. You just have to look for what you like best.


Tomatin Highland Single Malt Scotch Whiskey
Tomatin Highland Single Malt Scotch Whiskey


What I particularly liked about this gourmet meal was that only Scottish products were used. This gave us the opportunity to gain an insight into the traditional cuisine of Scotland.


Fiddlers Loch Ness Malt Whiskey Bar
Fiddlers Loch Ness Malt Whiskey Bar
In this restaurant you get typical Scottish food and drink


Dinner at the Fiddlers Pub in Drumnadrochit

As we stayed at a B&B in Drumnadrochit on our second evening Loch Ness stayed overnight, we ate at Fiddler's Pub in the center of town (The Village Green, Drumnadrochit). It's one of those pubs that the locals like to go to too. Pubs like this are almost something like the living room of the village community. Everyone meets there for a beer, a chat with friends or a meal with the family. It was the same here. It was tight in Fiddler's Pub. And loud! But it was fun to watch people spend their evening. We followed suit by enjoying our dinner with them.


Loch Ness Cider & Onion Pork Belly with Black Pudding, Cider & Onion Mashed Potatoes & Red Cabbage
Loch Ness Cider & Onion Pork Belly with Black Pudding, Cider & Onion Mashed Potatoes & Red Cabbage

The Auswahl is great

This time we eat à la carte. There is a large selection, but we want to try Scottish food here too. That's why I choose the Loch Ness Cider & Onion Pork Belly. It's slow-cooked pork belly with black pudding, Loch Ness cider and onion, mashed potatoes and red cabbage. Petar takes the Highlander Chicken, that grilled is. There are also Haggis from Cockwalls from Dingwall, mashed tatties and mashed beet puree (neeps). There is also Dijon mustard sauce.


Highlander Chicken on Cockburns of Dingwall Haggis with Mashed Tatties
Highlander Chicken on Cockburns of Dingwall Haggis with Mashed Tatties, bashed ... and Neeps with a Dijon Cream Sauce

How about dessert?

Although the food is hearty, tastes good and makes us full, we want to test a dessert as well. After all, we don't have the opportunity to try Scottish food every day. This time, however, we limit ourselves to one dessert for the two of us. To eat more is simply not possible. Since Petar is a big fan of Pavlova, we choose the Forest Fruit Pavlova as a dessert. It is a chewy meringue with forest fruit compote. It comes with whipped cream, strawberries and cream ice cream.


Forest Fruit Pavlova - Chewy Meringue with a Fruits of the Forest Compote
Forest Fruit Pavlova - Chewy Meringues with a Fruits of the Forest Compote, Whipped Cream & Strawberries & Cream Ice-cream


To finish our dinner off, we treat ourselves to a satisfying glass of whiskey from the Tomatin Distillery range of products.


Tomatin whiskeys
Tomatin whiskeys


During our two and a half days in Inverness and at Loch Ness, we certainly did not get to know all the specialties that offer Scottish food and drink. What is missing from our list are, for example, the many fish and seafood dishes that Scotland offers. In the short time we could not try them. But these are good for a longer trip through the country. With our examples, however, we hope to introduce you to some dishes that you should definitely try on a trip to Scotland. Perhaps our explanations will also help you to find your way around Scottish menus.


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Enjoy typical Scottish food and drink

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika