Ayrshire & Arran boasts one of Scotland’s most enviable natural larders. The rolling hills, lush emerald pastures, crystal clear waters and mild climate combine to produce world-class food and drink in abundance. From Ayrshire bacon to the legendary Dunlop cheese, delicious Arran Ice Cream to distinctive peated whisky, botanical gin and ethical ales, there’s nowhere better to enjoy a foodie break.
Enjoy visiting the many restaurants, cafes and tearooms, or meet the makers and learn all about their craft at farm shops, distilleries, breweries, creameries and much more. One thing is for sure, you won’t leave empty-handed.
We have done the hard (tasty) work for you and produced the ultimate guides to the best food and drink in Ayrshire and Arran. Explore our Taste Trails and plan your own journey of foodie discovery now.
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Sample Arran Gin whilst relaxing at the shore-front Cladach Beach House.
Cruize Bar Brasserie, Arran
Freshly prepared local food at the Auchrannie Resort .
Lochranza Distillery, Arran
Tours of the distillery, tutored tastings, whisky and chocolate pairings and CASKS cafe.
Friendly, family-run bar and bistro serving local and sustainable food and drink
A. D. Rattray, Kirkoswald
Taste exquisite spirits and explore the world’s finest single malts.
The Gailes Hotel, Irvine
Award winning luxury hotel in the heart of Ayrshire with gym, spa and wellness.
Specialising in handmade chocolates, home made ice cream, premium spirits.
Cumbrae Distillers, Millport
Celebrating Millport with delicious Scottish Gin
The Douglas Hotel, Arran
Locally owned, multi-award winning hotel provides a warm welcome and amazing local food.
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By Travel Writer and Broadcaster, Robin McKelvie
I’ve always eaten well in Ayrshire, but what inspires me most here is how there is a real tangible link between what you see on your plate, or in your glass, and where it came from. This is a glorious corner of Scotland where provenance isn’t so much taken seriously – though it very much is – as it’s at the heart of a deep sense of place, the ultra-local sourcing integral to the region’s food and drink.
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