The Scottish Ice Cream Trail

Ice Cream has been around since the 5th century and was a luxury in western Europe up until the 9th century. Introduced in Scotland by Italian immigrants by the 1850’s as a street food, today we enjoy a number of delicious Scottish ice cream recipes.

As I love Ice Cream and Gelatio I was keen to find out more and do the taste test.  Well someone had to do it;)

S.Luca of Musselburgh Ice Cream ©MDHarding. Scottish Ice Cream
S.Luca of Musselburgh Ice Cream ©MDHarding

The Scottish Ice Cream Trail

The Ice Cream Trail begin in 2015 and has a list of 119 places to visit.    Here are some of those great Scottish ice cream gelateria’s, cafes, restaurants to indulge in this heavenly treat!

Milk Barn

The Milk Barn is located just outside the town of Falkirk, with its very own farm and herd of cows.  It is family friendly with lots of space, play area, and very own milk-able cow! I can highly recommend the  Ferrero Rocher Ice Cream.  Delicious!

Milk Barn, Falkirk ©MDHarding. Scottish Ice Cream
Milk Barn, Falkirk ©MDHarding

Alandas Gelateria

Award winning Alandas Gelateria is in the coastal town of North Berwick a stone throw away from historical city of Edinburgh by train.  Winning the gold award at the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh for the second year running with scrumptious flavours – pistachio, milk Belgian chocolate and caramel.  The Scottish ice cream here is made fresh everyday using locally produced milk and the pistachio comes from the sunnier climates of Sicily, Italy. This summer Alandas also received the “Hollywood seal of approval“.

Alandas Gelateria, North Berwick ©MDHarding. Scottish Ice Cream
Alandas Gelateria, North Berwick ©MDHarding

Anstruther Fish Bar

The Anstruther Fish Bar is a family run business based in the quaint fishing town of Anstruther.  Famous for its fish and chips but have you heard about its Scottish ice cream? With more than 70 Brattesani’s ice cream flavours, there is plenty to choose from!

Traditional Vanilla Ice Cream at the Anstruther Fish Bar ©MDHarding. Scottish Ice Cream
Traditional Vanilla Ice Cream at the Anstruther Fish Bar ©MDHarding

S.Luca of Musselburgh

S.Luca of Musselburgh has been producing ice cream since 1908.  Today making it as fresh as it did then, with a mixture of both contemporary and traditional desserts such as the Knickerbocker Glory.  Did you know the layered ice cream sundae – Knickerbocker Glory has been around since the 1920s! Also don’t miss the contemporary Chocolate Brownie Sundae, a chocolate lover’s dream paradise.

S. Luca of Musselburgh Knickerbocker Glory ©MDHarding. Scottish Ice Cream
S. Luca of Musselburgh Knickerbocker Glory ©MDHarding

I hope I have inspired you to travel throughout scenic Scotland and visit some of the beautiful destinations with their tasty delights – Ice Cream! Yum!

The best way to get around is by car. Don’t miss the best rates for car rental and accommodation in the up and coming off season shoulder periods. Happy Travels:) x

Thank you to the Anstruther Fish Bar, Alandas Gelateria, Milk Barn and S. Luca of Musselburgh.

Disclaimer:  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  1. Scotland's Top Five Trails not to be Missed - Go 4 Travel Blog

    […] The love of Ice Cream in Scotland dates back to the early 19th century when many Italian’s brought the delicious cold treat with them while immigrating. Now we can’t live without it and the many exotic flavours it comes in. Today you can find a number of the famous Italian cafes across many of Scotlands cities and coastal towns such as Edinburgh, Dundee and St Andrews. How many have you visited on the Ice Cream Trail? […]


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