Sweet tooths' favourites in Scotland

Excellent doughnuts, homemade ice cream or lovely cakes: if you love sweet treats, these are the places to go in Scotland. 

1) Over Langshaw Ice Cream

On a hot day (or not), this little police box in the heart of the Grass Market is a great place to stop, grab an ice cream and watch the world go by in one of the most fascinating parts of Edinburgh. The ice cream is made in the Scottish Borders at the Over Langshaw Farmhouse, and is flavoured with local seasonal berries and no artificial flavours. The farm is powered renewably by their turbine called ‘Winifred’ and the gooseberry sorbet is an awesome choice for vegans. Save yourself the wait at Mary’s Milk Bar, and report in at this wee police box.

small blue kiosk from Over Langshaw Ice Cream in Edinburgh

2) Tantrum Doughnuts

Doughnut shops seem to be popping up all over the city these days, but this one is worth a visit. Glasgow has a long complicated history with sugar but there is only pure enjoyment here. All the doughnuts are handmade and the dough is left for 16 hours for the best flavour. Their homemade marshmallows are a must try.

a box of frosted doughnuts from Tantrum in Glasgow

27 Old Dumbarton Road, Glasgow

+44 (0)141 339 9319


3) Bad Girl Bakery

Situated in the Forbes Buildings in the small town of Muir of Ord – 9 miles west of Inverness – you’ll find this genuinely magnificent cake shop and bakery, taking a refreshing look at modern day baking. It would be rude not to treat yourself here sweet or savoury.

pastries and sandwiches displayed at Bad Girl Bakery shop

Great North Road, Muir of Ord

+44 (0)1463 872 734

4) The Parlour

New to the Arran foodie scene, The Parlour is a great addition. Homemade pizzas with an array of toppings being sourced from local suppliers such as The Arran Butcher, Island Cheese Company and Wooleys of Arran. Not to mention a fully licensed bar if you want a glass of wine or beer. The ice cream is also delicious with various flavours and they try traditional ways to serve it such as a Wafer, a 99 cone or a sundae if that takes your fancy.

counter at the Parlour ice cream shop at Isle of Arran

Shore Road, Brodick, Isle of Arran

+44 (0)1770 303 823

5) Mackie's 19.2

In most supermarkets in Scotland, if you head to the frozen section, you’ll be able to spot Mackie’s of Scotland ice cream with its blue and cream tub. Well this Aberdeenshire farm, famous for its ice cream, has opened its first parlour in Aberdeen and it’s worth a shot! There are plenty of flavours to choose from, but the most notorious is the haggis and marmalade! Affa fine.

four ice cream cones at Mackie's 19.2

7 Marischal Square, Aberdeen

+44 (0)1224 518 252


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