A new food and drink trail has been launched encouraging people to stay on a farm, follow the trail and experience local food.
FarmStay Scotland has created the Scottish Lowlands Food and Drink Trail which promotes places to enjoy the finest, freshest treats throughout the region.
Marion Oates, of FarmStay Scotland, said: “The Scottish Borders boasts beautiful scenery, wide open spaces and fresh air, and many visitors are looking for an authentic Scottish experience which can be met by discovering local delicacies and holidaying on a Scottish farm. Valuing local food production in the tourism sector means visitors get a unique insight into rural life with farm-fresh eggs and local bacon on the breakfast menu, and money staying in the local economy.”
The trail also includes more than 50 FarmStay members across the country where people can stay on a farm and enjoy the freshest produce.
Trail recommendations include sampling award-winning pies at Sanderson’s Butchers in Coldstream, deli treats at Mainstreet Trading Company in St Boswells and tasting a range of hand-crafted ales from the Scottish Borders Brewery near Jedburgh.
Billy and Rachael Hamilton’s Buccleuch Arms Hotel, St Boswells, hosted the launch and also feature in the guide.
Rachael said: “We have used local produce for years and do so wherever and whenever we can. We are both from farming backgrounds and we understand the benefit of sourcing local food; because it doesn’t travel so many miles, it is grown slower, and farmers know what they are doing.
“We just wish there was more available.”
Riddell Graham, director of partnerships at VisitScotland, added: “The trail is a great way to encourage more visitors to enjoy a unique experience in this special part of Scotland and it’s great to see groups such as FarmStay Scotland take this opportunity during the Year of Natural Scotland. We’re are sure this latest marketing campaign will tickle the tastebuds for tourism and benefit local economies.”