In parts of Scotland, October half term has always been known as the ‘tattie holidays’. Traditionally, kids and adults alike used to spend the time picking potatoes from the fields.  Earning extra money for the winter, the back breaking work done by hand was the way the holidays were spent.  No staycations, flying to exotic locations, or lying beside a pool. It was into the tattie fields, and into battle with whatever the autumnal weather threw at you.

The Finest from our Farms

With the introduction of modern machinery, whole fields of tatties can now be picked in half the time. We are very lucky throughout Scotland to be able to get the freshest of produce from the many Farm Shops spread around the country. 

Tattie picking is maybe a thing of the past, however you can certainly still enjoy some farm experiences. Maybe try your hand at fruit and berry picking. Definitely sample the many Scottish Gins where the botanicals are gathered on the doorstep of the distillery.

We have compiled a starter list for you to check out when you’re on your ‘Tattie Holidays’

Farm Experiences

Aberdeenshire Highland Beef

Take an exclusive tour around our working farm, meet our native breed, have the chance to photograph them, learn about their history and receive a delicious Highland Beef Tasting.

Spaces are limited so please book well in advance to guarantee your spot!

Tour duration: 1 Hour + Beef tasting and coffee/tea.

Bellevue Farm

Farm Tours take place around our farmyard as part of a group and last approx. 1.5hrs. Visitors have the unique opportunity to help feed the animals, collect the eggs and hear from the farmer about farming life. You can see what happens on a real working farm and hear how the routine changes throughout the seasons. Tours can be tailored to your individual interests, so let us know what you would like to learn more about or see!

The Wee Farm at Spring Croft

A small family hobby farm initially set up to become more self sufficient. There are goats, hens, bees, pet ponies, pigs, sheep, ducks and rabbits. Seasonal farm experiences are held throughout the year.

Scottish Gins

Arbikie Gin

Arbikie is one of the rare, sustainable ‘Field-to-Bottle’ distilleries in the world and the first single-estate distillery in Scotland to distill both white & brown spirits..

The Wee Farm Disitllery

The Wee Farm Distillery and Steak & Still Farm Shop are boutique, specialist food and drink outlets for homegrown and local produce based at Forth Mains Farm, South Lanarkshire.

Roehill Springs

Bottle of Roehill Springs Gin with a backgound of orange slices and a glass with a G&T

Roehill Springs Distillery is a small premium, artisan gin distillery based on the family-run farm at Newtack, Grange, Keith, Moray.

Cairngorm Gin

Cairngorn Gin range with miniatures, glasses and barware

Experience the spirit of the Scottish Highlands in a bottle; small batch, hand-crafted premium distilled Cairngorm Gin.

Farm Shops and Deli’s

Allarburn Farm Shop

Farm Shop where we sell our Allarburn Free Range & Barn Eggs, our Allarburn Vegetables and our Award Winning Wagyu Steak Pies & stock lots of other Fresh Local Produce & Gifts.

Netherton Farm

Prime scotch beef available from our family run farm situated close to Aberlour, Moray. All beef is from our own cows, born and bred on the farm. Grass fed and matured for a minimum of 21 days to maximise taste and tenderness.

Balliefurth Farm Shop

Selling high quality grass fed beef and lamb from Balliefurth farm. Also selling a wide range of other meat products and an extensive range of deli items, including oils and dressings, conserves and hampers.

Rothiemurchus Farm Shop & Deli

Superb quality, natural, and absolutely scrumptious, Rothiemurchus offers some delicious ingredients for your culinary creations and hearty home cooked meals. Whether you are looking for mouth-watering goodies for a dinner party or a personalised gift hamper, the farm shop and deli offers you a delicious array of produce.

Wark Farm
Soil Association Certified organic farm butchering and retailing meat from it’s own traditional breeds of British livestock.
Selling direct to people and homes in central Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen.
Monthly farm shop and monthly delivery direct to the door.

Louise’s Farm Kitchen
Where we specialise in bringing naturally good food from our farm gate to your dinner plate.

Finzean Farm Shop
Our shop stocks a wide range of local food suppliers. Home-reared beef, seasonal wild venison and game, locally supplied meat, vegetables and fruit, artisan cheeses, eggs, freshly baked bread, Finzean honey, preserves and ready-made meals are on sale with a wide selection of delicatessen and other food sundries.

Forest Farm – The Organic Dairy
Forest Farm is an award winning organic dairy, home to our small herd of happy organic cows who have the freedom to roam and graze on lush green pastures, just as nature intended!
Our certified organic farm is also home to Scotland’s first milk vending machine, established to provide our local community with the opportunity to buy milk from the cows they see grazing on their doorstep, as fresh as it can be!

Hattoncrook Farm Deli
The farm Deli opened in 2004. The main objective was to provide the best quality beef – our own pure Aberdeen Angus – and to compliment it with other quality products specifically sourced for a complete food experience.
There are other meats and game, cheeses and biscuits, wines and coffees plus a selection of preserves and chutneys.

Castleton Farm
The shop was open seasonally from June until October selling our own fruit and local meats, cheeses, vegetables and much more. The shop grew in popularity and in 2008 we opened our custom built Farm Shop and Café at the end of the farm road.

Peel Farm
There is now a coffee shop, Courtyard gift barn and farm shop, and luxury holiday accommodation. The aim is to offer fresh, local, food and to use as few food miles as possible. The Coffee Shop is quaint and cosy and offers indoor or outdoor seating.

Grewars Farm Shop
We are fully committed to sourcing as much of our products as possible from local businesses.
Every product is tried and tested to make sure it meets our high standards – after all we want you to love our products as much as we do.
So if your looking for a farm shop that really shouts about great local produce, and great personal service with a smile – then you’ve come to the right place.

Blairmains Farm Shop and Coffee Bothy
At Blairmains Farm Shop you will find a large selection of fresh fruit and Veg. Our aim is to source as much local and Scottish produce as the seasons allow. During the summer months all our soft berries are locally grown and you can really taste the difference.

Speyside Food Market
We now have a 24/7 food hub based at Elchies farm where our produce can be found in vending machines. Fantastic drinks machine & seating where you can watch the animals

Check out the Gincyclopedia for accommodation options to extend your day trips into a getaway.

Ginspired Scotland's interactive map showing destination points.