Making use of their quality produce Scotland has loads of award winning food producers, many of which are within easy reach of the National Cycle Network.
Route 7 – The Lade Inn, near Callander.
Winner of a Best Informal Eating Place award and the first inn to achieve CAMRA LocAle Accreditation, The Lade Inn serves great food and fantastic real ale. It’s a well-known stopping-off point on the classic Route 7 from Glasgow to Inverness
Route 7 – In House Chocolates, 128 King Street, Castle Douglas.
Just one street away from Route 7 these Gold Award winning chocolates are all handmade on the premises. The shop sells a wide range of chocolate products, which can be packed in designer boxes for a special gift.
Route 7 – Loch Arthur Creamery, Loch Arthur Camphill Community, Beeswing, near Dumfries.
West of Dumfries, head south from Route 7 for three miles on minor roads to Beeswing to visit the creamery. The handmade, organic, farmhouse cheeses have won awards in some of the top competitions in the UK and the farmshop and café sell a wide variety of local and organic products.
Leith, at the eastern end of Route 75, hosts a number of award winning eateries. In the 2014/2015 Scottish Thistle Awards, Mimi’s Bakehouse won Best Informal Dining Experience (go easy on the cupcakes!), while The Kitchin won the Best Restaurant Experience Award. Tom Kitchin’s restaurant is one of two Michelin starred restaurants in Leith, the other being Martin Wishart.
A multi-award winning restaurant, its most recent award is the East Lothian Food and Drink Awards Best Bistro 2014. Situated in the harbour area The Creel serves locally sourced produce, from both land and sea, freshly cooked on site.
Routes 776 – Cheyne's Quality Foods, High Street, Newburgh.
If you’ve come over the hill on Route 776 from Auchtermuchty, you may welcome a refuelling stop at this craft butchers shop, which has award winning haggis and steak pies. The deli side of the shop sells sandwiches, quiche, salads and local jams and chutneys, as well as hot soup and stovies in the colder months. Stock up before starting the 15 miles on Route 777 to Newport on Tay.