The Scottish picnic season has arrived, just in time for National Picnic Week! Enjoy a true taste of summer by adding a refreshing twist of locally produced Scottish Gin to your essential summer picnic checklist. 

Here you will find Ginspired ideas of superb places to sip Scottish Gin outdoors in the lovely summer sunshine. Whether you’re looking for a secluded forest glen or a beautiful beach with big open skies and stunning sea views, here’s Ginspired Scotland’s top tips for a memorable Ginspired summer picnic.

Find your perfect Ginspired picnic place

With unprecedented levels of picnicking this year, finding the perfect picnic site in Scotland couldn’t be easier. Rely on Ginspired Scotland’s interactive map, aka the Gincyclopedia, to provide everything you need to plan the most memorable and delicious summertime picnic. 

Loch Morlich Beach © fb/Loch Morlich Watersports

Escape from it all and head to the hills, the Cairngorms National Park is the UK’s largest natural gem and is home to an abundance of naturally Scottish produce. It is also a wildly beautiful place to picnic. Feast in the forests, luncheon by a glistening loch, relax at a riverside or you can even hit the beach!  Try Abernethy Forest,  Loch Morlich beach, Loch an Uaine or Loch an Eilean where you can admire the breathtaking scenery and enjoy mother nature at her absolute best.

© KJ’s Bothy Bakery/FB

Locally, food on the go is available from local food suppliers such as Rothiemurchus Farm shop where you can order a pre-packed meal kit, a hamper or afternoon tea box and team it up with one (or two) of the local gins, for the ultimate ‘Luxury Lazy day by the Loch’.  Pay nearby Grantown-on-Spey a visit and head to KJ’s Bothy Bakery for awesome picnic food, cakes, scones and world class coffee.

Coastal picnics across Moray Speyside

Embrace the Scottish summertime and head to the one of the many sandy beaches along the Moray Firth and experience the calming influence of water wellness. We all know the health benefits of being outdoors and by the water, so breath deeply and chill with a delicious picnic of local tasty treats. From family-friendly beach days to romantic sunsets views, Moray Speyside is a fantastic place for a seaside escape. 

Findhorn Beach © Shutterstock

Our top tips for a coastal picnic include locations such as Roseisle beach where there is a lovely mix of forestry, a kids playground, BBQ amenities and a stunning beach with shallow waters, perfect for paddling. Visit Lossiemouth west beach with the Instagrammable Covesea lighthouse or the stunning and ever popular Findhorn Bay for its relaxed vibe, optional boat trips and even a spot of SUPping.

Bootleggers Bothy, Cummingston © FB/@BootleggersBothy

Local food lovers are spoilt for choice. Fill your picnic platter with local delights from Brodie Countryfare, Allarburn Farm Shop, Gordon & Macphail or the Bootleggers Bothy which is a brilliant alfresco eating experience on the Moray Firth coast. Strawberry picking is available further up the coast at Wester Hardmuir, their ice cream is definitely worth a try!

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Enjoy a family road trip picnic

The ingredients for an epic family road trip always includes a solid soundtrack, your favourite people, great places to visit and a delicious picnic. So grab your besties, your picnic blanket, your cool box and let’s hit the road! 

Bow Fiddle Rock
Bow Fiddle Rock © VisitScotland

The north east corner of Scotland is home to some of our favourite picnicking places. The sheer variety and diversity of outstanding natural landscapes makes it difficult to choose, but some of the best include Crathes Castle, Gardens and Estate at Banchory, WDC Scottish Dolphin Centre at Spey Bay and Bow Fiddle Rock at Portknockie are firm favourites.

© Gordon Castle

Self-drive adventure picnic treats are available from Finzean Estate Farm Shop & Tea Room in Banchory, Baxters Highland Village at Fochabers and Gordon Castle Walled Garden and Cafe is great for a stroll around followed by coffee, lunch, or cake.  As a picnic alternative, fish and chips are available at Portknockie and we can’t really imagine a better place by the sea to eat them.

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Ginspired island hopping

Summer stay-cations get no better than island hopping off the coast of Scotland. Fill your picnic hamper with locally produced food and drink and you are onto a winner.

The Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye © Shutterstock

The isle of Bute could be one of Scotland’s best kept secrets. Follow the West Island Way on foot and make a picnic pit stop at one of the beautiful beaches. Visit Cycle-Bute and hire a bike and trailer, a great way to keep your picnic safe! On the isle of Skye, the iconic Fairy Pools have been voted the best picnic location in Scotland and we can see why! Or venture north and take a NorthLink ferry hop over to Orkney to experience outdoor attractions such as Skara Brae or the Ring of Brodgar for a real sense of Orcadian heritage.

Port Bannatyne, Isle of Bute © Shutterstock

Bute Kitchen is a collaboration of all Bute’s local producers, enjoy Ritchie’s of Rothesay smoked fish, Bute Gin, or try Sheese! When visiting Orkney, order a hamper of local produce from Jollys of Orkney, they even do a special Gin hamper which includes Gin fudge, Gin cheese, and Gin preserves amongst other delicious smoked fish and of course.. Gin! If you’re lucky enough to be visiting Skye, build your picnic with produce from the Isle of Skye Baking Co. and for seafood and local produce, visit The Oyster Shed.

Jollys of Orkney Gin Hamper © Jollys of Orkney

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Picnic in the city

Picnics are not just for the countryside! Find a glorious green space in one of Scotland’s amazing cities and soak up the summer sunshine by taking some moments away from the hustle and bustle. Here are two of our favourites.

Edinburgh © Shutterstock

Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh has a long standing gin-making heritage and is home to renowned gin distilling expertise and award-winning delicious Scottish Gins. There’s no better place to unfurl a picnic blanket and enjoy a true taste of the city than at Calton Hill, The Royal Botanic Garden or right in the buzzing centre at Princes Street Gardens.

The Dundee Law © VisitScotland

Dundee has lots of green spaces to enjoy a picnic , including Camperdown Country Park, Dundee Botanic Garden, and Slessor Park in the heart of the city centre. A walk up The Law rewards you with spectacular views over the city and far away.

Dundee and surrounds is also home to a growing number of independent specialist food and drink retailers.  If you like to shop local, and limit the food miles in your larder, visit The Butcher, The Baker. Here ‘passion’ is key (have your cold shower ready!) Fraser’s Fruit & Veg has a range of local fresh produce plus ready meals, soups and deli foods, all beautifully presented. Just out of town is Grewar’s Farm Shop too, where ‘local’ and ‘quality’ are the watchwords.

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Wherever your picnicking adventures take you, be sure to check out our free Gincyclopedia Gin map to add a refreshing summer twist of locally produced Scottish Gin!