A Brief Tour of the Farm Shops of Perthshire
1) Taste Perthshire
Description: Calum and Jane MacLellan have been running Taste Perthshire for over a year now, and it’s remained a beloved destination for tourists and locals alike. The four star location operates under the ethos of bringing the very best produce from all across the district under one roof, from the delicious offerings in their restaurant to the jam packed gift shop with presents for all the people in your life (and yourself, of course!)
Distance from Perth City Centre: 8 miles
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Their restaurant offers a sumptuous all day menu to suit every tastes, with the best ingredients sourced locally and prepared by their top chefs.
Start the day off right with a traditional Perthshire breakfast, with MacSween’s famous haggis and Perthshire free range eggs, or traditional scone with Aberfeldy jam or slice of home-baking from the in-house bakery. All their milk is sourced from local farms and there are vegetarian and gluten-free options available.
Lunch options include a wide array of hot and cold filled rolls and sandwiches, baked potatoes and paninis, plus some Scottish classics and good old fashioned burgers, while dinner offers mouth-watering choices from the flame grill, such as Perthshire lamb steak and chargrilled salmon fillet. Don’t forget their Sunday lunch options, available with all the trimmings you love.
Why not enjoy a traditional afternoon or high tea as well? Taste’s selections include their beloved home baking and make for an extra special treat to top off your visit. If you’re in a hurry to take in the rest of Perthshire, you can always grab a bite to go from their gourmet take-away, which includes freshly made sandwiches and soup as well as cakes, ice-cream courtesy of the famous Janetta’s in St Andrews, and even sushi! Take some treats home from the larder shop, stocked with produce from the best local providers, and make sure to try before you buy.
Fancy a tipple? Taste’s drinks cellar offers a seemingly limitless range of the best wine, beer and spirits Scotland has to offer. The micro-brewery scene has exploded in the country over the past few years, and Taste have a rich choice for you to try out, with their range extending from the borders to Orkney, as well as local options from the Inveralmond Brewery. Gin is currently having quite the revival in Scotland too, with our country pushing the borders on artisan and craft gins. Try a glass or pick up a bottle for later, and of course there’s also plenty for the whisky connoisseur. Taste stock over 100 malts in their whisky shop!
2) Stewart Tower Bakery
Description: Scottish summers may be fleeting but a good ice cream is a delight to be enjoyed whatever the weather. Situated in the heart of Perthshire, the Stewart Tower Dairy are producers of delectable ice cream made from whole milk from their Holstein Friesian cows.
Distance from Perth City Centre: 10 miles
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Their Italian style gelato recipe is a perfect treat for a family day out, be it sunny or rainy, and comes in a huge variety of flavours. The Dairy currently produce close to 200 flavours, ranging from classics like raspberry ripple and mint choc chip, to seasonal favourites like pumpkin pie and Christmas pudding, to unique choices including Scottish fudge, Perthshire cream tea and orange marmalade cheesecake.
Enjoy a cone, along with a choice of snacks, drinks and sundaes, in The Round House, a converted horse engine room turned cafe, which offers beautiful views of the countryside from their patio. The ice cream might not last in the car journey home – too delicious to share – but there’s always Stewart Tower’s farm shop to pick up a few treats, such as fresh local butcher meat, cheeses, preserves and dried goods, plus lots of gifts for all occasions.
During your visit, you’ll encounter a few of the locals – the farm animals of the dairy! From horses to goats to the famed cows themselves, nothing quite captures the well loved rural charm of Perthshire quite like it.
3) Gloagburn Farm
Description: Run by 3rd generation farmers Ian and Alison Niven – and the family dog – Gloagburn Farm Shop has blossomed into a local favourite destination. The team at Gloagburn pride themselves on the quality of their produce as well as their first class service.
Distance from Perth City Centre: 5 miles
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Their coffee shop, with 100 cover table service, provides a diverse menu with savoury and sweet options that can be altered to your dietary requirements. Food is served from 9am to 5pm, including delicious breakfasts made from the freshest local produce (try the full Gloagburn cooked breakfast, featuring Stornoway black pudding and Ayrshire bacon, for the ultimate way to start your day).
Sit on the conservatory on a warm, sunny day and take in the sights as you indulge in afternoon tea, including a selection of freshly made mini sandwiches, scones and cakes with your choice of tea or coffee, all for £9.50.
The best local produce and top quality delights are available from their shop (just 15 mins drive from Perth). Eggs are the proverbial bread and butter of Gloagburn. From the farm’s origins, with a flock of 12 hens and a shed, they’ve grown to a whopping 4600, which provides enough for local villages, butchers and restaurants across Perthshire.
With Summer on the way, they’ve got a range of artisan British soft drinks from Franklin and Sons available: made from specially sourced ingredients and in a variety of classic flavours like dandelion and burdock. Indulge in a tipple with Strathearn’s famed gin, or a bottle of Scotland’s first potato sourced vodka, Ogilvy, from the heart of Angus.
4) Loch Leven’s Larder
Description: The award winning four star family farm, restaurant and deli shop Loch Leven’s Larder is just 25 minutes drive from Perth, a few miles from Kinross and easily accessible from the M90. With some of the best scenery in the country, the Larder offers the perfect visitor experience for those who love good food and even better service.
Distance from Perth City Centre: 18 miles
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Mixing Scottish, Scandinavian and European influences, the larder is a proudly family run business that prides itself on its farming techniques, use of local produce and tasty range of own label products.
Their cafe is open 7 days a week from 9:30 to 5pm, with menus offering breakfast, brunch and lunch as well as afternoon teas and ever changing daily specials that include fresh seasonal delights to suit every palate.
The Larder are robust champions of local produce, and proudly list their many suppliers on their website, with notable names including Eden Mill, Cairn O’ Mohr and Puddledub. Their aim is to source as much as possible from local establishments before looking further afield. Their biggest supplier, Channel Farm, is right on their doorstep and provides them with a wide range of vegetables across the seasons, from leeks and sprouts to pumpkins and wheat. The best part is that they’re all available for sale fresh in the farm shop or served in the cafe.
Their gift range includes several items that cannot be purchased anywhere else in the country, making them a truly unique stop to buy a special present for that special someone. Johnstons of Elgin, makers of Scottish cashmere and wool, have created a tartan just for the Loch Leven’s Larder, inspired by the landscape around them, which can be bought in the form of rugs, scarves and more. Spoiled for choice or unsure of what to get? Never fear because the Larder also do gift vouchers.
The Larder regularly host events, with an upcoming vintage fair taking place this July 17th, selling original handmade and vintage clothing. The event is open to all and with free entry so pencil the date in.
5) Cairn O’Mohr
Description: Scotland isn’t known for being great wine producing country, but Cairn O’ Mohr, based 15 minutes drive from Perth in Errol, have single-handedly changed that thanks to their amazing range of fruit wines and ciders. Established in 1987, their wines have been made from locally sourced ingredients, including the berries Perthshire is famed for that are close to hand for picking. All their fruit wines are made the traditional way and require at least a year of maturation, but the wait is worth it.
Distance from Perth City Centre: 10 miles
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Fresh Tayside grown berries make up the main ingredient for their famous fruity wines, including bramble, gooseberry and our personal favourite, raspberry. Hand picked flowers and leaves are used in the making of their oak and elderflower wines, which offer an unusual treat for wine lovers, which is also available in sparkling form. The sparkling oak and elder wine gets our highest recommendation – imagine prosecco with a tart edge. For those who aren’t fans of wine, Cairn O’ Mohr also make their own cider, taking advantage of the copious apple produce across Perthshire.
Cairn O’ Mohr are also regular visitors to farmers’ markets across the country, including Perth’s, which takes place on the first Saturday of every month in the city centre.
Cairn O’ Mohr is also home to a unique competition – the International Bottle Smashing Tournament. It’s the only event of its kind in the whole world and it attracts people from all parts of the planet. Turn up on the day on 29th May before 12:30pm and you can register to enter yourself. Could you take the trophy?
Visit the winery from April to October and you can arrange a tour of where the magic happens. Booking’s not required and under 13s get in free! If you’re looking for something a bit more special, check out the deluxe tour, which includes a trip into the tasting rooms! You’re also free to enjoy a drink on the winery’s expansive gazebo while the kids play, surrounded by expertly carved wooden sculptures and the nearby elder plantation, open to walkers. The cafe’s open all day and offers old fashioned homemade food, including cakes, pastries, and bread sourced from Perth based businesses, while the coffee is made from ground beans roasted in Dundee. Cairn O’ Mohr is all about the local experience.
Find The Farm Shops Of Perthshire!
Now you know where our favourite farm shops in Perthshire are, it’s time to get out and explore! In case you aren’t familiar with Perthshire, here’s a map to help you find all of the shops mentioned above.