Mainland Scotland has 6,160 miles (9,910 km) of coastline. Long sections of the National Cycle Network follow the coast, providing many wonderful opportunities to sample Scotland’s delicious seafood on your cycle trips.
Here are some of the best places.
1. Arbroath for Arbroath smokies on Route 1
The Arbroath smokie is haddock smoked over hardwood within five miles of the fishing town of Arbroath in Angus. Follow the Arbroath Smokie Trail to find the restaurants and cafés in Arbroath, which include smokies in their menus. There are also several fish shops around the harbour selling fresh fish for you to take home.
2. Cullen for Cullen Skink on Route 1
Try this famous creamy potato and smoked fish soup in Cullen, where it originated.
3. The Wee Hurrie restaurant on Harbour Road, Troon on Route 7
Delicious fish and chips and other locally sourced seafood by the sea.
4. Creelers, Brodick on the Isle of Arran on Route 73 (North)
On the route about a mile out of Brodick on the road to Lochranza, Creelers Smokehouse shop sells excellent smoked salmon and kippers.
5. The Ship on the Shore, Leith, Edinburgh, on Route 75
Route 75 runs from the centre of Edinburgh on a largely traffic-free path down to The Ship on The Shore at Leith. Why not treat yourself at this Seafood and Champagne Bar, which even has a section on its menu dedicated to crustacea and molluscs?
6. The Creagan Inn, Creagan near Appin, on Route 78
A fabulous stopping point on the route between Oban and Fort William, part of the Caledonia Way. Enjoy locally sourced seafood and wonderful views across Loch Creagan.