Ice cream lovers can now travel the length and breadth of the country sampling their favourite frozen treats with the launch of a map.
Scotland’s Ice Cream Trail highlights 100 businesses from Kirkwall to Castle Douglas that serve scoops of homemade ices in a huge variety of flavours.
The initiative was launched at The Milk Barn near Glen Village last Thursday.
The ice cream parlour at Glen Farm uses milk from the cows that can be seen from the cafe and serves flavours such as Irn Bru, Scottish tablet and Ferrero Rocher.
The business launched in 2013 and also serves light meals, coffees and milkshakes.
Milk Barn owner Suzannah Reid said: “We’re delighted to be part of Scotland’s Ice Cream Trail and look forward to welcoming lots of new visitors as a result.
“Our ice cream is made using milk from our very own herd of cows, which are milked just yards away every morning to make a wonderful, diverse range of flavours to delight our customers.”
The trail is part of the Year of Food and Drink, a 12 month celebration of the country’s culinary delights.
The Visit Scotland incentive follows its chocolate, seafood and cheese trails and allows visitors to discover new and exciting locally-sourced products. Every month in 2015 a new trail will be launched.
Food and drink are two of Scotland’s biggest exports, with £2.5 million in sales generated every day from the industry and whisky and seafood particularly lucrative.
Scotland has a strong history with ice cream producers with many emigrating from Italy at the end of the 19th century and bringing their gelato recipes with them. Locally, Italians such as the Moscardini, Notarangelo, Serafini, Janetta, Meleragni, Lemetti and Casci families ran cafes and fish and chip shops that also sold home made ice cream.