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Article published 21/06/2023

Chocolate, cheese and Arbroath Smokies

A new series of food and drink trails are now live. We're supporting the development of these trails for visitors to access during the summer on the Geotourist app.  

We've added three new trails themed around chocolate, cheese and Arbroath Smokies. The trails offer suggestions on food workshops, behind the scenes tours or sampling the food at one of the many businesses featured.   

Geotourist is working with over 20 businesses across Scotland that feature within the trails.  

Geotourist is an online platform that provides an immersive visitor experience through audio tours at locations. 

Information collated by Geotourist will be used to measure engagement and assess the value of the tours.   

Part of this project will also identify and assess Geotourist’s unique economic and social benefits to Scottish tourism. This will be undertaken in a partnership project between Geotourist and Dr Keith Dinnie from the University of Dundee. 

Businesses taking part in the project will also have access to data to gain deeper understanding of their audiences. 

Person making cheese

Errington cheese. Credit Errington Cheese / Marc Millar

Scotland's Chocolate Trail

Scotland’s Chocolate Trail offers the chance for visitors to choose from a tasty sampling, book a workshop and learn how to hand temper chocolate on marble, or experience Scotland’s very own chocolate lounge.

The trail features Island’s Larder Ltd, Caithness Chocolate, The Chocolate Place, Jamie Hutcheon at Cocoa Ooze, Iain Burnett the Highland Chocolatier, Charlotte’s Flower Chocolates, Tobermory Chocolate, The Arran Chocolate Factory, The Cocoabean Company and Cocoa Black. 

Check out Scotland's Chocolate Trail

Delicious cheeses in Scotland

This trail visits a variety of award-winning establishments where visitors can sample delicious cheese, have a peak behind the scenes in the making process, or even meet some ewes and goats. 

This trail features Highland Fine Cheeses of Tain, Connage Highland Dairy, I.J. Mellis Cheesemonger in St Andrews, Glasgow and Edinburgh, St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company, Ardardan Farm Shop, Isle of Mull Cheese, Errington Cheese and Cream o’ Galloway.

Check out the delicious cheeses in Scotland trail

Arbroath Smokie Trail

The Arbroath Smokie trails invites visitors to sample this Scottish fish specialty in its hometown of Arbroath in Angus.

The trail features three locations for visitors to try this local delicacy including the But’n’Ben restaurant, The Bellrock restaurant (the first to batter the famous Arbroath Smokie), and The Old Boatyard restaurant.

Take a look at the Arbroath Smokie Trail

The Old Boatyard Seafood restaurant in Angus. Image credit The Old Boatyard Seafood restaurant.

Audio trails on food and drink in Scotland’s regions are currently being developed, as well as those with a focus on cycling and Scotland’s UNESCO Trail.

The project is funded by the Scottish Inward Investment Catalyst Fund and administered by Interface.

This project will provide participating tourism businesses with useful insights and information into their audience that will help inform and shape their visitor offering in the future. Scotland’s reputation as a quality destination relies on continued investment and innovation and this is a fantastic example of partnership working to help support the responsible growth of our tourism and events industry.

Eva Kwiecinska, VisitScotland Senior Content Manager

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