Looking to get closer to nature, enjoy a fun family day out or just want to keep the kids entertained? A visit to your local pick your own fruit farm could be the answer.

A lot of people would assume that Scotland’s weather is not great for growing fruit and thankfully they’d be wrong.

Scotland’s fertile land and temperate climate are perfect for many types of fruit and those who produce them are more than happy for you to get involved.

Perfect for making jams, desserts or eating on their own Scotland’s fruits are nutritious and plentiful and best of all, they are great fun to pick.

Here are some of the best places (by region) to pick – and buy – some of the best Scottish fruit:

Borders

Border Berries

(Rutherford Farm, Kelso, TD5 8NP)

Pick your own

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One of Scotland’s oldest, family-run fruit farms in the heart of 
the Scottish Borders, Border Berries grow all of their fruit outside with no heating or polytunnels. Situated on the A699,  midway between St Boswells and Kelso, the farm also offers a café and picnic area.

Fruits on offer:

Strawberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants, gooseberries and tayberries

Pick your own available from July 2nd to August 7th, fruit availability dependent on season.

Dundee and Angus

Charlton Farm

(Montrose, DD10 9EW , 01674 830226)

Pick your own

Picture: Charlton Farm

Charleton Farm has been a family run business since 1946, when Robert (Findlay) McQuistan bought the farm. Situated about a mile north of Montrose, the farm offers a coffee shop and fresh vegetables as well as fruit.

Fruits on offer:

Raspberries, strawberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants, whitecurrants, gooseberries, brambles, tayberries, apples, plums and blueberries

Pick your own available from the end of June through to August, fruit availability dependent on season.

Edinburgh and the Lothians

Belhaven Fruit Farm

(South Belton, Dunbar, EH42 1RG, 07960537132)

Picture: Trip Advisor traveller

Belhaven Fruit Farm is based in East Lothian to the South East of Edinburgh, on a beautiful stretch of the Scottish coastline.

The Rennie family have used the natural sun trap in Dunbar to produce amazing fruit for generations. The farm also produces IceDelight, a unique, luxuriously creamy dessert as healthy and “tasty as real fruit”, created using an authentic Italian recipe.

Fruits on offer:

Strawberries

Pick your own available from the end of June through July.

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West Craigie Farm Shop

(Near South Queensferry, Edinburgh, 0131 319 1048)

Pick your own

Picture: Craigie Farm

Generations of kids and their parents have made a visit to West Craigie to pick their own fruit as part of their summer calendar, the farm is very popular and you’ll generally find it quite busy.

The farm offers a cafe and deli and plenty of activities to keeps children (and big children) happy.

Fruits on offer:

Strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants, brambles, tayberries and Victoria plums.

Pick your own available from the end of June through to August, fruit availability dependent on season.

Fife

Cairnie Fruit Farm

(Cairnie House, Cupar, KY15 4QD , 01334 652421)

Picture: Cairnie

A popular local landmark, Cairnie Farm offers a maze, farm activities, a farm shop, a tea room and a holiday cottage.

Fruits on offer:

Strawberries (4 varieties), Raspberries (3 varieties), Red/Blackcurrants, Gooseberries, Tayberries, Cherries and Brambles.

Pick your own available July to September, 7 days 9.30am to 6pm , fruit availability dependent on season.

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Pittormie Fruit Farm & Nursery

(Dairsie, by Cupar, KY15 4SW , 01334 870233)

Pittormie Fruit Farm is a small intensive family run farm situated in the heart of North East Fife. Pittormie also Heather Ales range of fruit beers and Cairn O Mohr’s range of fruit wines as well its own free range eggs. The farm also has a nursery with bedding plants available to buy.

Fruits on offer:

Raspberries, strawberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants, tayberries, brambles, gooseberries (red and green), loganberries and blueberries. Also plums, apples, pears, rhubarb.

Pick your own available from June to October, open daily from 8am – 8pm, fruit availability dependent on season.

Perthshire and Tayside

Broadslap Fruit Farm

(Dunning, PH2 0QL , 01738 730242)

Picture: Martin Ragg/Geograph

Broadslap is a small family run fruit farm nestling within the Earn valley in the shelter of the Ochil hills in rural Perthshire.

Renowned for their raspberries, Broadslap also offers a great selection of vegetables.

Fruits on offer:

Strawberries, raspberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants and gooseberries

Pick your own available daily 9am to 5.30pm during July and August, fruit availability dependent on season.

Jamie Watson’s Fruit Farm 

(Mill of Montague, Balbeggie, PH2 7PR)

It’s no surprise that Perth is home to some of the country’s best Pick Your Own farms and experienced fruit grower Jamie Watson has been growing soft fruits on his farm in Central Scotland for over 25 years.

Fruits on offer:

Strawberries, Blackcurrants, Gooseberries and Redcurrants

Pick your own available between 9am to 5pm every day during the berry picking season

Glasgow and the surrounding area

East Yonderton Farm

(East Yonderton Farm, Walkinshaw Rd, Renfrew PA4 9LP)

Picture: Yonderton Farm

This is an excellent little family run soft fruit farm found  just beside Glasgow Airport.

Located near near Inchinnan, Renfrewshire, East Yonderton has been growing soft fruit since 1926.

Fruits on offer:

Strawberries, Raspberries, Blackcurrants, Gooseberries and Redcurrants

The farm is open Monday to Friday 10am till 8pm and Saturday & Sunday 9am till 5pm for Pick Your Own.

About The Author

Sean Murphy

Driven by a passion for all things whisky-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over six years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink.

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