It’s the perfect excuse (as if we need one) to celebrate Scotland’s top-class chippy offering.
There is something about a Scottish fish and chips… that first crunch of perfect golden batter mixed with the sharp tang of salt and vinegar (or salt and sauce for our East coast pals).
Chippy is a Friday favorite for generations of Scots and with Good Friday coming up (April 2) it’s only right that we celebrate this wee classic.
Fish experts Amity Fish Co., who work with some of the top chippies around the country, believe there are many reasons why Scotland is so good for fish and chips they said: “We truly believe that Scotland has one of the most impressive natural larders in the world, especially when it comes to seafood.
“Around our coastline, our fishing communities give us access to the most amazing fish and shellfish and it’s great to see both our trade customers and consumers becoming more passionate about sourcing great quality Scottish produce.
“We are definitely seeing more customers show an interest in provenance and sustainability when it comes to where they buy their food and this is reflected in what our best fish and shops are now offering over the counter.”
So, whether you live nearby or are bookmarking them to visit this summer when travel restrictions ease off, here are some of the best places around Scotland to get fish and chips.
Scotland’s biggest city is home to some terrific fish and chip shops, from a wee fish tea at the classic Chippy Doon the Lane in the city center to the ever-popular Philadephia in the West End, you’ll have plenty of options.
But stray a bit further out and you’ll come across the new wave of fish and chip specialists doing things a bit differently.
Check out the likes of Hooked and Salt and Vinegar in the southside or Catch with its venues in both the southside and the west end, for plenty of extra options.
Squirreled away in the East Neuk of Fife you’ll find the top destination for fish and chips on the east coast and one of Scotland’s most picturesque fishing villages.
Head to the ever-popular Fish Bar – be prepared to queue – and new challenger The Wee Chippy, which has won plaudits from Michelin-star chefs no less, for a master class in fish and chips by the sea.
Not only is Stonehaven an ideal location to while away the afternoon, but it’s also home to two of the country’s top fish and chip shops.
First off, the Bay Fish and Chips which has been working wonders with locally caught sustainably sourced fish and the Carron Fish Bar, which was named Scotland’s best just last year by industry authority Seafish.
If you have time, pop along to Aberdeen where you’ll find some amazing options in Low’s and Sea, Salt + Sole.
With heading ‘doon the watter’ a popular choice for Glaswegians on sunny days, it’ll come as no surprise to hear places such as Largs and Ardrossan mentioned as classic fish and chip destinations.
And it’s in the former you’ll find one of the best places in Scotland for a Fish Tea, Nardini’s of Largs – oh, and did we mention that they specialize in ice cream too? So
The capital might be more famous for its castle and its architecture, but Edinburgh still holds its own on the chippy front.
From old favorites like The Montgomery, L’Alba D’Oro and Gold Sea to new arrivals such as the mighty Bertie’s in the Old Town and the Fish Market in Newhaven, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Be warned though, Salt and Sauce is the gold standard here, so if you aren’t adventurous you might want to clarify that it’s just plain old salt and vinegar you’re after.
The historic town of St Andrews may be best known for its prestigious golf courses but dig a little deeper and you’ll soon find that there are top chippies to be found too.
Cromar’s Classic Fish & Chips is a regular name in the best fish and chip shop awards list, not just for Scotland but for the UK, while local rival Tailend has four generations of fish mongering expertise to source the best cod and haddock around to make its incredible suppers.
The sunny northeast coast is a choice destination for everyone from golfers to beach lovers but Arbroath is also a haven for battered fish merchants with Marco’s On The Shore, Peppos Harbour Chip Bar and the Cairnie all vying for the title of the best in the area – if not the whole of the northeast.
Situated on the West Highland Way within The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, Tyndrum is surrounded by some incredible scenery.
A base camp for walkers and nature lovers it’s also where you’ll find the excellent – Real Food Café which has just opened a unique drive-thru option for those seeking a quicker fish and chip fix.
Isle of Skye
After enjoying a magical visit to the Fairy Pools or marveling at the ethereal landscape of The Quiraing, there is nothing better than a visit to the picturesque Portree where you’ll find some incredible fish suppers from the likes of The Chippy or the Lower Deck.
By: Sean Murphy