North-east berry producers have helped launch a new tourism trail to promote Scotland’s sumptuous soft fruit to members of the public.
Scotland’s Berry Trail, which provides information on more than 33 berry farmers across the country, was launched by David and Sarah Stephen of Barra Berries, near Oldmeldrum in Aberdeenshire.
The trail is part of the Year of Food and Drink 2015 celebrations and kick-starts the monthly theme for July of summer fruits and berries.
It features information on where to buy berries direct from a farmer, places you can go and pick your own and information on berry producers with a farm shop or cafe.
“Scottish berries are nutritious and tasty with health-giving properties,” said Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead.
“I want us all to make the most of the abundance of fresh, tasty, healthy ingredients that are produced right here on our doorstep.”
He said the trail was a shining example of innovation and collaboration within Scotland’s booming food and drink sector.
Launching the trail, Sarah Stephen, from Barra Berries, said: “I believe Scotland grows the best soft fruit in the world.
“Every producer I know is passionate about ensuring their fruit is delicious and top quality.
“I would encourage everyone to get on the berry trail, explore and support what can often be right on their doorstep.”
VisitScotland chairman, Mike Cantlay, added: “Food trails are a fantastic way for visitors to embark on their own culinary adventures and berries are one of the sweetest signs that the Scottish summer is well and truly here.”
The trail was created with support from the £1.2million Community Food Fund which has given nearly £750,000 to 109 projects across Scotland.
A leaflet outlining details of the trail will be available at VisitScotland information centres as well as online at www.thinklocalscotland.co.uk.