Scotland’s BEST Farm Shops
Farm shops have become ever more appealing to today’s food-savvy, eco-conscious consumers. Farmers are doing amazing things with their land and produce, diversifying in ways which connect them to consumers. Unsurprisingly, as a result of previous food scandals, we are increasingly interested in the provenance of our food. What better place to find this than in farm shops?
Farm shops provide traceability, sustainability, seasonality and low food miles. There’s often a lovely story behind them too, much of the farms being family-run and their passion and care shines through in everything they do.
The really fabulous farm shops offer a showcase for regional produce together with their own. Typically, the meats are reared just a stone's throw away from the farm shop and each day, the shelves are replenished with a beautiful display of fresh fruit and veg, with no nasty plastic wrapping. Super fresh, tasty and environmentally friendly – woohoo! I also love that farm shops stock unique, local items that simply would not be discovered in a supermarket - it’s a much more exciting way to shop, you never know what you’re going to find!
There is a lot to shout about with Scotland’s larder. If you’re holidaying here in Scotland, farm shops are a fantastic place to see what bonnie Scotland’s larder has to offer. If you’re self-catering, pick up quality ingredients to make a fresh dinner. If you’re out and about exploring, grab some goodies for a picnic. There are always some tasty temptations to be had. If you’re from Scotland, make your local farm shop part of your weekly shop! Fresh, tasty, organic food that’s totally traceable. Yes please!
So, here’s a selection of the really gorgeous ones, all around Scotland…
- Allarburn Farm Shop – Elgin
- Arbuckles Farm Shop – Invergowrie
- Ardardan Farm Shop – Cardross
- Ardross Farm Shop – Fife
- Auchengree Farm Shop – Glengarnock
- Auchentullich Farm Shop – Arden
- Balgove Larder – St Andrews
- Balmakewan Farm Shop – Laurencekirk
- Barra Berries – Aberdeenshire
- Blairmains Farm Shop – Stirling
- Botanica at the Barn - Tighnabruaich
- Bowhouse – Fife
- Cairnie Fruit Farm – Cupar
- Carmichael Farm Shop - South Lanarkshire
- Castleton Farm Shop – Aberdeenshire
- Connage Highland Dairy – Inverness
- Craigie’s Farm Shop – Outside Edinburgh
- Finzean Farm Shop – Banchory
- Forest Farm The Organic Dairy – Aberdeen
- Formartine's - Aberdeenshire
- Gloagburn Farm Shop – Perth
- Gosford Bothy Farm Shop – Aberlady
- Grewars Farm Shop – Dundee
- Hopetoun Farm Shop – Near Edinburgh
- Kilnford Farm Shop– Dumfries
- Loch Arthur Farm Shop and Café – Dumfries and Galloway
- Loch Leven’s Larder – Kinross
- Lochaber Farm – St Andrews
- Marshall’s Farm Shop – Aberdeenshire
- Mrs Mack’s Farm Shop – isle of skye
- Peel Farm – Kirriemore
- Pillars of Hercules – Falkland
- Robertson’s Farm Shop - Beauly
- Rothiemurchus Farm Shop - Aviemore
- Secret Herb Garden - Edinburgh
- The Crieff Food Co - Pethshire
- The Farm Shop, Mortonhall – Edinburgh
- The Glass Barn Cafe - Tobermory
- The Heron Farm Shop & Kitchen – Strathaven
- The House of Bruar - Pitlochry
- Thorneybank Farm Shop – Rothienorman
Couldn't agree more with this article! I love getting food from farm shops and supporting the local farmers. Marshalls outside of Kintore is my favourite as it is next to where I live, would highly recommend their eggs!
Great article and interesting seeing all the different farm shops in Scotland. Will definitely be taking a trip to visit them after isolation.