8 Mar 2014

Gelato Tasting in Scotland

Roadtrip to Stirling, Isle of Skye, Inverness, Perth and St Andrews offered a great oppportunity to taste Scottish artisan ice cream flavours.

There is an excellent selection of ice cream flavours in Zingersmans Sports Cafe at the University of Stirling Sports Centre. The three flavour sundae was plentiful and especially the fruity irn bru flavour was something I had never tasted before. Irn bru is said to be "Scotland's other national drink" and is at least as popular as Coca Cola.  

Sundaes at the University of Stirling Sports Centre.

Stewart Tower Dairy in Perthshire makes Italian Gelato style ice cream. There is an ice cream parlour on the farm. Unfortunately it was already closed when we arrived there. Luckily we found Stewart Tower Dairy ice cream in a cosy restaurant, The Riverside, in Dunblane. My sundae of chocolate, irn bru and royal shortbread flavours was delicious.

Stewart Tower Dairy ice cream in The Riverside, Dunblane.

We found a huge variety of ice cream flavours in Jannettas Gelateria, St Andrews. The weather was a bit chilly but, regardless of that, people were queueing up at the ice cream counter. Creamy Caramel, Scottish Tablet and Blueberry Pie flavours were tasty.

Jannettas Gelateria, St Andrews.

So, there are certainly ice cream traditions in Scotland. Another proof of that was this old ice cream tricycle from 1930s, which I found at The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum (besides the oldest football in the world!).

Ice cream tricycle (1930s), The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum.
     

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