VisitScotland invites you to surprise yourself in the country’s finest cafés, as recommended by visitors and locals alike

Roxburghe Estate

To celebrate Scotland’s Year of Food & Drink in 2011, VisitScotland have launched Cafe Days - a way of encouraging people to visit the best cafes and coffee shops around the country.

Voted for by visitors and locals, the venues can be used as a central point around which various other activities can be enjoyed. Go seal-watching in Arran, after enjoying home-made scones and tiffin at the Old Mill Coffee Shop; watch the Tall Ships Race from the comfort of the Hays Dock Cafe Restaurant in Shetland; or round off a day’s cycling through the Borders countryside with a visit to cafe/gallery The Jammy Coo in Lilliesleaf, Melrose. It’s a great excuse to get out and soak up more of Scotland’s cultural and natural heritage, and enjoy some good food and drink while you’re at it.

As if an incentive to get out and explore some of the best cafés and restaurants around the nation was needed, VisitScotland are offering 10% discount vouchers to a number of selected venues participating in Cafe Days. The vouchers are available for download on the VisitScotland website, where you will also find a map showing the locations of all the participating cafes and coffee shops around the country, as well as suggestions of activities to take part in once you get there.

On top of all that, VisitScotland are also offering the chance to win a fantastic Cafe Day break at the Roxburghe Country House Hotel, which lies nestled in the woodlands surrounding the River Teviot in the Scottish Borders. In addition to a two course lunch at the Terrace Cafe on the estate, one pair of winners will enjoy a three-course meal at the hotel restaurant and an overnight stay in one of the 22 luxuriously-decorated rooms.

For your chance to win, and to discover more information about Cafe Days, check out


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