Experience the Authentic Taste of Scotland With These Top Highland Markets
If there’s one thing that 99% of visitors to Scotland have in common, it’s that they all come looking for the same thing:
A truly authentic Scottish experience.
Sure, the usual tourist spots and attractions might serve as a welcome excuse for a day out, but for those visitors, no true Scottish break is quite complete without getting a genuine taste of Highland life.
If you’re anything like those 99% of visitors, you’ll know just what I am talking about. So it’s no surprise that you’re already on the hunt for ways to truly experience the real deal on your next holiday in Scotland.
You may be thinking about attending a traditional Highland Gathering, dining out at a restaurant that serves meals cooked from only local ingredients, or even staying at a historic Scotland hotel that still retains many of its original features.
Whilst these are all great experiences in their own right, nothing comes close to really delivering that genuine taste of Highland life quite like a trip to the market.
From delicious homemade food, freshly sourced Scottish produce, and a wealth of handmade arts and crafts, Scotland’s markets offer everything you could ever need to truly feel like one of the locals.
3rd Saturday of Every Month (April — December)
Once a month, the quiet, picturesque town of Pitlochry transforms itself into a vibrant community of local traders who sell everything from fresh meat, dairy, and locally grown vegetables to a beautiful assortment of hand-crafted art, flora and fauna, and more.
Many of the traders here come from the local farms, who supply both local residents and nearby Pitlochry hotels, as well as restaurants like the recently refurbished Edina’s Kitchen in nearby Kinloch Rannoch.
So, when it comes to getting an authentic taste of local Scottish life, rest assured that they don’t come much more local than this.
Perth Farmers Market
1st Saturday of Every Month (April — December)
A firm favourite with both locals and holidaymakers visiting Scotland, Perth Farmers Market boasts up to 45 stalls every month.
Again, you’ll find a vast assortment of fresh produce available, with some of Perthshire’s most respected farmers all on hand.
Don’t leave Perth Farmers Market without sampling some homemade bread from one of the several local bakers you’ll typically find there.
Not only does it make a delicious treat for yourself, but if you can avoid wolfing down the whole thing, it makes an ideal gift for loved ones back home.
Speaking of gifts, Perth also holds its own Fair City Markets once every spring, summer, autumn, and winter.
It’s here where you’ll find a variety of seasonal gifts, food and drink, homewares and more.
Kinross Farmers Market
4th Saturday of Every month (April — October)
A relatively new arrival to the Scottish Highlands, Kinross Farmers Market was only established in late 2015, but has since gone on to earn itself a reputation as the place to go for lovingly homemade sweet treats and Scottish delicacies.
It’s also here where you’ll find the home of Arbroath Fisheries, who sell some of the most delicious Scottish smoked salmon and Hot Smoked trout anywhere in the Highlands, all sourced from local waters, of course.
Based within close distance to the first market on our list, a number of the traders at Kinross Farmers Market also supply local restaurants and hotels in Pitlochry and the surrounding areas, a fact which only speaks to the quality of the goods on offer.
Inverness Victorian Market
(open daily — times vary)
Though a market by name, Inverness’ unique Victorian Market isn’t exactly like the open-air events listed elsewhere in this guide.
Rather, it’s an indoor shopping area filled with the kind of unique shops you just won’t find anywhere else.
It’s for this reason -and the fact that the design looks absolutely beautiful- that the Victorian Market deserves a special mention on this list.
The original covered market area was first built between 1876 and 1880 before being destroyed in a fire and later rebuilt in 1890, but you can still see some of the original 1876 features whilst exploring one-of-a-kind stores for a truly authentic taste of Scottish life.