7 sweet treats and events to enjoy in Scotland this Easter weekend

With the Easter weekend - 30th March-2nd April - just around the corner, we take a look at some tasty treats to try

Published 14th Mar 2018
Updated 31 st Oct 2023

From kid-friendly egg hunts in historical locations to a chocolate tasting with a difference, there's something for everyone this Easter.

Take part in Cadbury's Easter egg hunt

(Various National Trust locations in Scotland)

Picture: Cadbury UK

This nation-wide Easter egg hunt is back at over 250 National Trust venues across the UK, including various locations in Scotland

Kids can enjoy exploring the grounds of historical homes and castles while following clues to find chocolate treats.

There will also be face painting, games and craft activities galore plus a chance to find out more about nature and conservation.

Try a limited edition dessert

(The Ivy on the Square, 6 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH2 2BD)

Picture: The Ivy on the Square's Easter dessert, Paul Winch-Furness

If you're looking to book a decadent Easter Sunday lunch then why not check out The Ivy on the Square in Edinburgh?

The famous name opened late last year and is offering a limited edition dessert this Easter weekend - Friday 30th March-Monday 2nd April.

The creation consists of chocolate mousse, honeycomb and popping candy all encased in a chocolate bunny shaped shell and accompanied with a drizzle of caramel sauce. Delicious!

Taste award-winning truffles

(The Highland Chocolatier, Grandtully, Pitlochry PH9 0PL)

Picture: The Highland Chocolatier Facebook

Why not indulge in an artisan chocolate tasting this Easter weekend?

Iain Burnett -the Highland Chocolatier - has become famous for his award-winning Velvet Truffles, which you can taste alongside a selection of his other chocolate creations.

During the audio guided tastings, £15, you will you will learn about the difference between gourmet chocolate and compound chocolate, what makes São Tomé cocoa so special, how Iain chooses his ingredients, and how to identify the amazing flavour profiles in each chocolate.

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The Highland Chocolatier also has a free chocolate exhibition, Chocolate Lounge cafe and gift shop, making this an ideal stop on a trip to Pitlochry.

Indulge in Fife's most famous hot chocolate

(The Cocoa Tree Cafe, 9 High St, Pittenweem, Anstruther KY10 2LA)

Picture: Cocoa Tree Cafe Facebook

Pittenweem's Cocoa Tree Cafe is a must-visit for any chocolate lover, no matter what time of year.

But with chocolate on the menu for Easter, the long weekend gives the perfect excuse to head to the picture perfect seaside town.

As well as a range of hot chocolates - from dark to hazelnut praliné - the cafe is also home to an artisan chocolate shop who will, over Easter, be selling a range of sweet treats including their newly launched mango ganache chocolate turtles.

Egg hunt in Scotland's largest maze

Picture: Traquair Easter egg hunt, www.traquair.co.uk

Scotland's largest hedged maze is the ideal place for an Easter Egg hunt, which is why the Easter Eggextravaganza at Traquair has been going for 18 years.

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Kid's will be on the hunt for 6,000 mini eggs that can be found during a series of events throughout the day.

There's also other fun, hands on activities for families including scavenger hunts with big egg prizes,  Easter bonnet making, musical instrument making, storytelling, face painting and egg decorating.

Treat the kids' to a chocolate workshop

(Oban Chocolate Company, 34 Corran Esplanade, Oban PA34 5PS)

Picture: Oban Chocolate Company Facebook

Start the school holidays on a sweet note by booking a chocolate workshop with the Oban Chocolate Company.

Available to book for children aged 4-10, the 45 minute workshop - priced at £9.50 per child - the workshop starts with a brief  history of making chocolate, tastings of milk, white and plain chocolate, a factory tour.

After all of this, each child will make their own Belgian chocolates, which will be boxed ready to take home and enjoy.

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Kids' can also take home and frame their certificate, which will be signed by the Oban Chocolate Company's Master Chocolatier.

Enjoy chocolate and a dram

(Dalwhinnie Distillery, Dalwhinnie PH19 1AA)


Experience a whisky and chocolate tasting over the long weekend at the Dalwhinnie Distillery in Perthshire, from £25.

Enjoy sampling and finding out more about six classic single malt whiskies - such as Lagavulin, Talisker and Mortlach - which will all be paired with specially selected Highland chocolates.

After the tastings you can take home a whisky glass and tasting mat.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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