From outstanding seafood and shellfish to unbeatable game and beef, Scotland has an exceptional natural larder and abundant source of the best local produce in the world. Traditional dishes, regional specialities and local produce, like haggis, shortbread, whisky and Cullen skink, offer a distinct flavour of Scotland. In Glasgow you can find some of the country’s most cosmopolitan and contemporary restaurants. Meanwhile, travel just half an hour away and find yourself dining in style surrounded by some of the most breath-taking nature Scotland has to offer.
Glasgow boasts a diverse and constantly expanding food and drink scene. With independent bakers, beekeepers, distillers, brewers and coffee roasters, working with some of the most exciting chefs and restaurateurs in the country; this is a city packed full of talented people with a passion for good food and drink. These days it’s firmly part of the city’s unique culture.
"Glasgow is one of the best places to head for culinary experimentation"
The city’s restaurant scene is award winning, with The Gannet awarded the AA Scottish Restaurant of the Year in 2015, Cail Bruich listed as one of ‘Britain’s 100 Best Restaurants’ in the Sunday Times in 2017 and Paesano, rated ninth out of Europe's top 50 pizza restaurants in 2019 by Big Seven Travel.
The city’s food and drink is about experience and authenticity: keeping it real, serving it well. In Glasgow, that’s delivered by our greatest asset – our people.
Don’t let choice paralyse you and “eat” into your precious holiday time! Check out our food & drink inspirations for ideas on the best places to go for Scottish cuisine, dining in style, vegan & veggie, award winning and more.
For pure, unadulterated indulgence, take a champagne seaplane flight over the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, and watch the magic of the Scottish Highlands unfold before you. For an overnight stay try Lomond Arms Hotel – an award winning country pub set in the picturesque village of Luss, that dates back to the 17th Century. Dine in their restaurant where head chef, David Hetherington (Provenance Chef of the year 2018) creates and prepares a very Scottish menu, featuring steamed Shetland mussels, Luss smokehouse smoked salmon and North Sea ale-battered haddock.
Blend your own personalised whisky at family-owned whisky distillery, Glengoyne. A picture postcard distillery situated in a wooded valley in the southern Highlands of Scotland, this distillery has been producing whisky for nearly 200 years - we recommend their chocolate and whisky tasting tour!
For a child-friendly food experience, head for Intrepid: Scotland, a company that likes to get up close and personal with the great outdoors. Intrepid: Scotland organise nature-inspired experiences around the Park including bush tucker trails and campfire cooking which are totally family friendly and can be tailor made for your group, whatever the ages.
Head 90mins north of the city to Inveraray, home to the world famous Loch Fyne Oyster Bar selling quality, local and sustainable seafood. The town is a classic example of an 18th century planned town with its distinctive white-washed buildings and black window casings.
Be sure to visit the neo-gothic Inveraray Castle, the family home of the Dukes of Argyll. The castle is set in extensive grounds which contain a number of walks and a visit to the Castle Tearoom, run personally by the Duchess, offers a mouth-watering menu using the best of local and West Highland ingredients and is a great way to relax and re-charge.
Arran is the most southerly populated Scottish island - just a short train journey from Glasgow and an hour’s ferry ride from Ardrossan, the island nestles in the firth of Clyde between the Ayrshire coast and the Mull of Kintyre.
Arran has become a world renowned foodie paradise and a visit to the island is not complete without sampling some of the fabulous local produce.
Perhaps something savoury such as cheese, chutney or oatcakes would float your boat or some sweet treats like the locally made chocolates, jams or dairy ice cream. To wash it all down you might enjoy a bottle of locally brewed Arran Ale, or a fabulous nip of Arran Malt - take a look at Taste of Arran for more.
Oban prides itself on many things, but perhaps none more so than its claim to the title of Scotland's Seafood Capital. The town has a longstanding fishing heritage, and abundance of establishments serving local fish and shellfish. Head down to the pier and tuck into the freshest of seafood from eateries on the pier, such as the Oban Seafood Hut, whose scallops in hot garlic butter are a must. Or book a table at an award-winning restaurant, such as the family run Es-usk who serve up impeccably fresh product, cooked simply, with as little fuss as possible.