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Scottish Cheese Trail 
Scotland has some of the world's finest cheeses, many handmade in superb rural locations, well worth a visit. Scottishcheesetrail will take you on a virtual gastronomic tour of these delicacies for you to savour all year round.

Award-winning soft and hard cheeses from cow, ewe and goat are all available in Scotland. Many cheesemakers welcome visitors to their dairies, and have fascinating tales to tell.

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Island Cheese Company

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Home Farm
Isle of Arran - Brodick,  KA27 8DD
Tel: 01770 302788
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CHEESEMAKER - Family business with a fine array of handmade cheddars, from classic island cheddar to mouthwatering and intriguing variations including Chive, Lochranza Whisky, Hebridean Herb, Claret, Mustard, Smoked Garlic and Oak Smoked . He also creates miniature deluxe cheddars, perfectly sized to fit on the local oatcakes. Also incorporating The Bellevue Cheese Company with their Arran Blue, Arran Camembert, Arran Mist and Crowdie. They have a great range of tastes and flavours - something for everyone. The lovely shop is at Home Farm Visitors Centre, a mile north of Brodick. Also available through many mainland outlets.
 
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Ardardan Farm Shop

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Cardross
Helensburgh,  G825HD
Tel: 01389 849188
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Fantastic range of local produce including bakery, meats, fruit and vegetables in this beautifully refurbished farm shop. They sell their own delicious highland beef and lamb and also support other award-winning producers in their chill counter. There is an amazing CHEESE COUNTER complete with olive bar. With such a great range of fine produce it is easy to create a gift hamper with the pretty baskets on sale or buy one ready made for someone special. Check out their café entry too. With café, farm shop, woodland walk and walled garden this exceptional family run estate is a joy to visit.
 
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Ballathie House Hotel

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Kinclaven
STANLEY
By PERTH
Perthshire Members,  PH1 4QN
Tel: 01250 883268
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Congratulations to Ballathie for winning Best CHEESEBOARD in Scotland and the UK Award at the British Cheese Awards. (October 2013). Ballathie’s General Manager says: “It’s the latest example of the great culinary strides we’re achieving at Ballathie to make it a major dining destination. Cheese is part of Britain’s food heritage and an important part of a meal.” I couldnt agree more! Turreted fairytale architecture with fine food and wonderful relaxing ambience is signature to this gracious hideaway by Perth. Guests at Ballathie are usually lucky enough to see some of the many red squirrels that live here on the estate. With its glorious riverside location a stay here is pure magic. Members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club.
 
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Barwheys Dairy

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Maybole

Ayrshire,  KA19 7JS
Tel: 01655 750163
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CHEESEMAKER - A relatively new cheesemaker and already winning awards. Barwheys is a hard Ayrshire cheese from the unpasteurised milk of their pedigree Ayrshire cattle. The handmade cheeses are bandaged in traditional cotton cheesecloth, and carefully aged on wooden shelves for between 9 and 12 months. Some are smoked and there is also a new arrival on the scene, in limited supply, the Barwheys Beastie - a mature wonderfully complex cheese destined for Burns Suppers. No onsite retail - stockists include George Mews Cheese Shop on Byres Road and many more listed on their weblink.
 
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Cambus O May Cheese Company

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Cambus O’May
BALLATER
Aberdeenshire,  AB35 5SD
Tel: 01339 753113
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CHEESEMAKER - This handmade cheese from Royal Deeside was a family favourite in the 70's when Barbara Reid made it for home consumption on the farm. They now produce a delicious range of raw milk cheeses made the traditional way including one called Lairig Grhu, a crumbly tangy cheese named after the famous mountain pass... all their cheeses have distinctive aromatic flavours to appreciate. You will find their cheeses at local farmer's markets.
 
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Connage Highland Dairy

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Milton of Connage
Ardersier
Inverness,  IV2 7QU
Tel: 01667 462000
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CHEESEMAKER - This fine cheese maker also has a superb cheese pantry, and lovely cafe so there is much to see and do. In Apr 2013 it was named one of top ten cheeses in Britain. There are events throughout the season so check their website here for details.........also seen on Hairy Bikers Programme! Family of organic dairy farmers in the Scottish Highlands by Inverness making superb award winning vegetarian cheeses. A wonderful range for your cheeseboard and I also use them in many of my recipes. Their cows are mainly Friesian Jersey cross and Norwegian Reds and graze on lucious clover pastures. Their cheeses are sent across the world and have won international awards. If you are reading this in London they are now also available in Harrods Food Hall. To discover their delicious range and many awards please click on picture for their website. GOLD for Clava and BRONZE for Crowdie at the World Cheese Awards 2007 GOLD ** for Crowdie Great Taste Awards 2007 SILVER for Connage Dunlop at the Royal Highland Show 2007 BRONZE for Cromal Nantwich International Cheese Show 2007 Shortlisted 2007 Scottish Food and Drink Excellence Awards Runners-up in NFU Innovation awards 2007 WINNERS in New Business and New Product category with the Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Forum 2006
 
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Craigie's Farm Deli & Cafe

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West Craigie Farm,

South Queensferry,  EH30 9TR
Tel: 0131 319 1048
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This beautiful café has terrific views over the Forth and is a pleasant short drive from the city centre on the road to the bridge near South Queensferry. They have a comprehensive range of the best Scottish artisan cheeses on their CHEESE COUNTER. In their cafe they serve a hot dish of the day, light dishes, salads, terrines, soups and home baking. Great supporters of local and home grown produce and a super place to eat. 2009 Winners of the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award for Food, the Sinclair family have been local food heroes for many years with their lovely jams and chutneys from their West Craigie Jam Kitchen and their wonderful farm soft fruits available in punnets from the shop or pick-your-own. Alongside their cafe they also have a great deli with many locally sourced meats, fish and provisions such as Brodies teas and coffees. Well worth a visit... again and again.
 
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Cream O Galloway

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Rainton,
GATEHOUSE OF FLEET
Nr CASTLE DOUGLAS
South of Scotland Members - Dumfries & Galloway,  DG7 2DR
Tel: 01557 814 040
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ICE CREAM & CHEESEMAKER - Cream O Galloway is so much more than ice cream - although that is award-wininng too! Their green credentials are superb, their visitor centre perfect for families and in addition to enjoying their delightfully creamy ice cream in a great range of flavours you can also enjoy a burger in their cafe - home made from their own organic slow growing beef cattle - so nothing but the best here! Their dairy methods are highly ethical and their sustainability record has won them several awards. Their latest addition to the range is their chocolate chip honeycomb ice cream. The rich, creamy milk on Rainton Farm is also perfect for cheese making. Since recently reintroducing cheese making after a 40 year break they now have handmade soft, spreadable cheeses and hard, sweet farmhouse cheeses- Black Douglas, Cally Crowdie and Carrick. Finlay's Farmhouse Cheese is available at their visitor centre, online and from local shops. This is a very fine organic farm that has been in the same family for generations.
 
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Errington Cheese

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Walston Braehead Farm
Ogscastle
Carnwath,  ML11 8NE
Tel: 01899 810257
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CHEESEMAKER - Made with unpasteurized milk from their own flock of Lacaune sheep, and from cows from a nearby farm, Humphrey Errington started making sheep's cheese on his family run farm in the 80's and is justly renowned for the famous ewe's milk Lanark Blue, and White; cow's milk Dunsyre Blue and Maisie's Kebbuck and goats' cheese too. Their small team of staff have been with them many years and I could name restaurants that have proudly served this cheese on their cheeseboards almost since Humphrey began, he has such a loyal following. No onsite farm shop but available in many good farm shops and delis including Clan Carmichael, Valvona & Crolla and Henderson's. Click link to see their mouth-watering website and more stockists.
 
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FOOD MILES FROM HOME by WENDY BARRIE

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Wendy Barrie's food travel cook book “Food Miles from Home” can be purchased by ordering here through Scottish Food Guide. Wendy travels to some of her favourite places, eating seasonally and seeking local speciality producers. There are recipes from Skåne and the Ice Hotel in Sweden; Piemonte and Tuscany in Italy and many more including Shetland lamb and highland beef recipes, from Scotland of course. There are entertaining stories giving a taste of the regions and if Scotland is your home then look no further than your local specialty producers - lardons from pedigree pigs, finest mature cheeses in place of Parmesan and blues to beat Roquefort! £12 / 120SK inclusive of p&p in UK & Sweden and from selected farm shops - Craigie's Farm Shop, Tain Pottery and Benromach Distillery Shop.
 
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Galloway Farmhouse Cheese

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Millairies Farm, Sorbie
Newton Stewart,  DG8 8AL
Tel: 01988 850224
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CHEESEMAKER - Fine organic cheese made from their own Friesland flock. Galloway Farmhouse Cheese have their onsite farm shop called From Ewe to You where they have their range of Cairnsmore cheeses - hard ewes milk cheese in various flavours made from organic milk. Also available lightly smoked or with green peppercorns for added flavour. The ricotta is a delightful light textured, high protein, soft cheese. The Cairnsmore range also includes goat's and the more traditional cow's milk cheese. Their shop includes sheep related crafts - sheepskin rugs, fleeces and smaller gift items, plus local foodie items.
 
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58-60 South Street


Elgin,  IV30 4JY
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Whisky specialist Gordon & MacPhail has been awarded the title of Global Whisky Retailer of the Year for a single outlet at the Icons of Whisky Awards 2009. Family owned, proprietors of Benromach Distillery, renowned wine and spirits experts. A fantastic find for foodies on Elgin's South Street has not only the world's most extensive range of whiskies but also an excellent deli with an impressive CHEESE COUNTER.
 
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Bruar Falls
BLAIR ATHOLL
Perthshire Members,  PH18 5TW
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A perfect place to break the journey on the A9 - or just a great place for a day trip. House of Bruar has developed from an excellent foodie stop with some well chosen ladies and gents' clothing, into a very substantial retail outlet - delicatessan, kitchenware, clothing, home and garden. The restaurant has local butchers' sausages and haggis, gourmet seafood counter and tasty buffet options. All self service. The Food Hall is superb including a Q Guild Butchery department and massive CHEESE COUNTER. Remember to take your chill bag to bring home the cheeses and meats! By the way there are also the beautiful Falls of Bruar so you can walk off that chocolate cake afterwards!
 
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Ravenstar
24 Vatisker
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Isle of Lewis, Western Isles,  HS2 0JS
Tel: +44 (0) 1851 820517
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CHEESEMAKER - Thanks to the work and dedication of this couple, Lewis now has artisan cheese. Along with their home grown vegetables and free range eggs, this croft has Hebridean sheep, pigs and of course goats for cheese production. Products include A' Chàise Bheag, a creamy textured fresh cheese made from full fat pasteurized cow's milk; Crowdie; White Raven (Fitheach Geal), a hard cheese made from raw Goat's milk; and Brìgh nan Eilean (Essence of the Isles), a Brie type goats' cheese. They are happy to sell their cheeses direct from the dairy, but are not a shop so please ring in advance to check. They have an online shop on their website so click on link. They also have a B&B and a Blacksmith's Forge!
 
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Loch Arthur Creamery, Farm Shop and Café

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Loch Arthur Camphill Community, Beeswing,
Dumfries
Dumfries,  DG2 8JQ
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CHEESEMAKER - Crannog, Kebbuck and many more made in a modern rural Community. Many awards and even more devotees! Excellent new farm shop and cafe offering not only a fine selection of their award-winning handmade organic cheese and dairy products made onsite but also a fantastic selection of their own organic and locally produced foods: • Breads and rolls baked fresh daily in their own bakery • Organic meats from their own and locally reared animals butchered in their butchery • A remarkable selection of organic fruit and vegetables • Cakes, pies, biscuits, dips, chutneys, and much more, produced in their Farm Shop kitchen ...and even local pottery. A very fine farm shop in a delightful rural setting. Winner of the BBC Radio 4 Food & Farming Awards Best Producer 2011. Well Deserved and Many Congratulations!
 
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Rothiemurchus Centre
by Aviemore
Inverness-shire,  PH22 1QH
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Rothiemurchus is a superb family run Highland Estate set at the heart of the stunning Cairngorms National Park. Passionate about delicious food, Rothiemurchus not only produces its very own succulent Highland Beef, Velvety Forest Venison and fresh Rainbow Trout all home reared on the estate, it has a plethora of other delicacies and tempting treats. They also have a superb stock of cheeses on their CHEESE COUNTER and whilst you are there, tarry awhile and walk around Loch An Eilein - pure magic and actually voted Britain's Best Picnic Spot! Rothie (as they are fondly known) also offer more than 30 different outdoor activities for everyone to enjoy. Before you leave, do try their fabulous cafe too.
 
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Palnure
Newton Stewart,  DG8 7AX
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CHEESEMAKER - Scotland’s leading yogurt producer has been producing pots of goodness for years as well as mature and mild cheddars. Their popular cheese is tasty for slicing on oatcakes and great for cooking in classics such as macaroni cheese and soufflés. Now Rowan Glen is extending its range to drinking yogurt, with the launch of Scotland’s first home produced probiotic drink. Fruit yoghurts and deliciously creamy low fat plain ones are available too and served at certain award-winning school lunches. Here they are with their lovely stand at Royal Highland Show.
 
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This attractive cheese tile is one of a limited edition commissioned by Wendy Barrie to celebrate the craft of the artisan cheesemaker and to support small rural enterprises in Scotland. Ideal for that wedge of handmade cheese and an excellent reminder of where to look for that charming place to eat and stay. A perfect gift for the foodie friend. £10 incl p&p (UK or Sweden). Available through Scottish Food Guide.
 
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Falside Farm
Pittenweem,  KY10 2RT
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CHEESEMAKER - Visit Fife's only farmhouse cheesemakers. The glass wall allows you to watch the action and Jane's cheeses are a delicious asset to this lovely region. Her well stocked cheese counter is the perfect place to buy her excellent hand crafted award-winning cheeses including Anster, Red Anster with Chives and St Andrews Farmhouse Cheddar. Tarry a while at their beautiful coffee shop with home baking par excellence! The wonderful home mades soups are served with her absolutely delicious freshly baked cheese scones. The elevated views from the cafe are over open countryside and the sea beyond making it a delightful place to visit. There is also a great range of cheese related foodie gifts in the shop.
 
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Torridon
by ACHNASHEEN
Western Highlands
Highlands & Northern Islands Members,  IV22 2EY
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Absolutely stunning location, set in 58 acres of parkland, this glorious country house is a perfect getaway from urban pressures. You can chill and relax or embark on a range of outdoor activities should you so wish - either way you will have a wonderful time. The Torridon is dedicated to producing creative dishes from as much local produce as possible, supporting many local producers, and growing their own in the adjacent superb kitchen gardens - all delightfully labelled for our interest. Their great reputation for food also caught the eye of the Great British Cheese Awards where their passion for cheeses won them first prize for their CHEESEBOARD....And their excellent whisky bar would seem a fitting place to linger at the end of the day! Their award-winning chef not only excels in The Torridon kitchens but also in their Torridon Inn. Members of the prestigious Scotch Beef Club.
 
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19 Elm Row
Edinburgh,  EH7 4AA
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Valvona & Crolla celebrate 80 years 1934-2014. Their famous food hall is an institution, complete with hanging hams and pans, display cabinets brimming with formaggio (with both Italian and Scottish artisan cheeses on their CHEESE COUNTER), salamis, fine meats and pates, and air laden with a profumo of artisan comestibles. Through the back of the deli is their super cafe bistro. This World Class Italian deli is a real treasure trove!
 
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Achmore
Kyle of Lochalsh,  IV53 8UW
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CHEESEMAKER - Kathy and David are internationally renowned for their cheese. Indeed I have seen Kathy's well-thumbed book 'Practical Cheesemaking' on many a cheesemaker's bookshelf in Scandinavia too! They run cheesemaking courses where many of our current cheese makers have learnt their craft . They produce a wonderful range of cheeses - Craig Mhaol, Coulommier, Crowdie - along with world class crème fraiche, ice cream and yoghurt. They have an onsite shop in the pretty crofting village of Achmore where they sell their own ice cream and cheeses subject to availability. One of their delicious ice creams is with Isle of Skye Fudge - a nice highland connection. They also stock local honey and oatcakes. Look out for their sign in the village.
 
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Whitmuir
Lamancha
West Linton,  EH46 7BB
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Whitmuir is an organic working farm growing seasonal produce and rearing Tamworth pigs, Shorthorn cattle and lamb. They have also planted an "edible and boozy hedge" - sounds like years of interesting tasting ahead! Wonderful organic food hall, restaurant and art gallery include an excellent CHEESE COUNTER. Whitmuir has also devised their Carbon Offset farm scheme and support Leadburn Community Woodland. Although listed under their meats they have a fantastic range of fruit, veg and deli produce too, all as low food miles as possible. See cafe entry too.
 
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