Scotland prides itself on its quality, locally produced and traditional food. Scotland is also moving with the times and has a number of vegetarian and organic food restaurants and hotspots, and a choice of Vegetarian B&Bs and Bunkhouse group accommodation around the Highlands. All the main Scottish student hotspots, including bustling Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow have an excellent choice of restaurants across the board, including vegetarian and vegan.
Some of Scotland's food is famous the world over but where better to try haggis, Loch Fyne salmon, Arbroath smokies, Aberdeen Angus beef and Stornoway Black Pudding than where it's actually produced locally. The great thing about Scotland is that eating and drinking is all part of the culture and you'll often be surprised at the high quality of cuisine in the most unlikely looking places all across the Scotland and the Scottish Islands.
There are often food based festivals that are always worth a look like the Tarbert Seafood Festival on the Kintyre Peninsula - the last seafood festival known in Scotland where TV Scottish Chef Nick Nairn has been known to make an appearance. And if nothing else it gives you a good excuse to stock up and line your stomach for the onslaught of whisky tasting available.
Scotland is known for its Scottish salmon, seafood - especially Loch Fyne seafood, Arbroath smokies, Aberdeen Angus beef, and of course the emphasis is always on fresh local produce and organic food, notably across the Inverness and Black Isle agricultural areas. Farmers markets are popular in some areas and many places like the Shetlands and Orkneys have laid out Food Trails for you to find local food shops, restaurants and cafes. Checkout forthcoming Scottish food festivals and events at 'www.foodtourismscotland.com' too.
Discover some outstanding fish restaurants around the Argyll coast and at Oban, all the Scottish Islands particularly the Shetlands, Outer Hebrides and Isle of Skye. Scotland also has a number of farmers markets (many of which sell organic food). See 'www.soilassociationscotland.org' for more information here and about the annual Organic Food Festival in Glasgow. Above all the emphasis is on taste, quality and traditionally Scottish produce.