Shopping in Scotland
an international pursuit. To some it's a sport - the pursuit of a bargain or an
exclusive item, which gets the heart pulsing, and then the satisfaction of a discovery,
which brings a sense of euphoria and fulfilment.
others it's the joy of discovering a hidden store, a new shop or even just the
delight at finding new brands and goods unique to Scotland or the area you are
visiting. Shops in the major cities are generally open Mondays to Saturdays 9.00am
There is late night shopping in most cities on Thursdays
until 8.00pm. A number of city stores are also open on Sundays especially in the
the key shops are to be found in Princes Street, which lies between Frasers in
the west, and Jenners, which first opened in 1830 in the east. You will find designer
labels in both of these stores. With the castle rising majestically behind Princes
Street Gardens it is a grand place to shop-even if you do not find what you are
Nearby George Street has a number of boutique stores.
Of particular interest is Hamilton
and Inches, Scotland's leading jewellery and fine goods store. The Company
is a warrant holder to HM The Queen. At
the end of George Street, in Europe's finest Georgian Square you will find The
National Trust for Scotland and their shop for gifts and products related to their
are several shops on The Royal Mile, which stretches from Edinburgh Castle to
The Palace of Holyrood House.
is also a wide range of interesting shops in Victoria Street, which runs into
The Grassmarket, and St Stephen Street, which is in Stockbridge. Here you will
find Edinburgh's best antique shops.
Anderson have been known and respected for well over a century in Scotland's
Capital City, as makers and retailers of fine clothing and Highland Dress. You
can browse through an interesting display of tartan.
Bruar, on the A9, ten miles north of Pitlochry, you will find The
House of Bruar, the home of country clothing. Here you can wander around
a huge range of clothing, cashmere, cloth, china, glass, and gifts for every occasion.
Glasgow is fast
becoming a favourite shopping location and has the reputation of being Scotland's
most fashion conscious city.
In Buchanan Street you will find a wide range of shops as well as some interesting shopping centres
such as the Buchanan Galleries and Princes Square. The Italian Centre in The Merchant
City has a number of designer boutiques. The Argyll Arcade is a covered street
that houses the largest collection of jewellers in Scotland. Lovers of silver
will find much to interest them here. Antiques in Glasgow are easily found in
West Regent Street.
both Edinburgh and Glasgow you will find some outstanding food shops. In the capital,
Valvona and Crolla is world famous and needs no further introduction. Connoisseurs
of cheese will want to visit Ian Mellis, the UK's top cheesemonger in Bruntsfield.
In Glasgow, foodies go to Fratelli Sarti, the highly reputed delicatessen. For
the best bottled water, try Highland
Spring natural mineral water, which is available from all major outlets.
the beaten track, you will find craft shops in nearly every town and village.
These shops include potteries, silversmiths, Scottish crafts and antiquarian books.
Within the Connoisseurs
Scotland hotels you will find a range of souvenirs and clothing. At The
Gleneagles Hotel you will find a number of shops selling gifts from all
the activities at Gleneagles including Golf Clothing, Golf Accessories, Off-road
books, Shooting School clothing and accessories, Equestrian clothing, Falconry
clothing, Hipflasks, Mugs, Pens, Books and much more. In the Golf Pro Shop you
will find a wide range of clubs, clothing and golf equipment. In the Arcade you
will find Mappin and Webb, Alfred Dunhill, Escada, Edinburgh crystal, Harvey Nichols,
N Peal for fine cashmere and The Stillroom for your whisky of your choice. Many
of the articles are available on-line.
At The Turnberry Resort you will find two shops - Frivolity that sells clothing and gifts, and Essentials for those items that you forgot to pack.
The Golf Pro shop has a wide range of
St Andrews, the streets of the ancient university town are dotted with charming
gift shops, boutiques, galleries and cafés. Most of the guests at Old
Course Hotel wander up to the town at some point during their stay. Once
they have exhausted all the shopping possibilities at the hotel itself! The hotel
has a number of quality shops:
Shop has leading brand names in golfware, equipment and accessories.
Shop has the latest in leisurewear, as well as beauty and treatment products.
Course Jewellers & Gift Shop stocks some of the finest jewellery in
Scotland, as well as a host of gift ideas.
- Golfino has an exciting European range, specialising in ladies contemporary golf and leisurewear.
At Inverlochy Castle you will find a small range of fine silver and souvenirs for sale in the hotel.
At Crinan Hotel you will
find a wide range of paintings by Frances Macdonald for sale. On The Royal Scotsman train and MV The
Hebridean Princess you will be able to purchase a wide range of souvenirs
that will be everlasting reminders of your visit to Scotland.