It is possible to buy anything in Scotland today, whether you are looking for a tweed blazer, handmade soap, local sea salt, or a pair of inexpensive trainers. There are a number of places where you can shop in Scotland, from the outlets in the big city to the smaller Highland villages.
Scotland offers a shopping experience that is very diverse. The cities boast the places with High Street names as well as the exclusive and stylish brands, but the rural areas also have lots of surprises. These areas have jewelers, potters, weavers, knitwear designers, kilt makers, silversmiths and more.
The following are some of the places to shop in Scotland:
Shopping centres: If you are looking for a shopping experience that is compact, you should check out the shopping centres where most of the retail outlets are located under one roof. You can find well-known brands in the malls.
Specialist retailers: These are the best places to get authentic Scottish products such as tartan, tweed, whiskey and Arran wool jumpers. You could explore the Islands and Highlands where the specialist retailers and factory shops carry a wide selection of items.
Farmers’ markets: These markets are very common in Scotland, especially on weekends. There is one in most areas of the country, mainly the largest towns, at least once every month. The big cities have farmers markets quite often, with Edinburgh being a good example as they are held every Saturday. You are able to buy good-looking seasonal produce and other items from the local producers. Some of the Scottish specialties include pickles, jams, rapeseed oils, oatcakes, smoked fish, game as well as fresh veggies and fruits. There are also non-edible items such as handmade body butters and soaps with Scottish or Scots plant bases.
Other items that you could buy when you shop in Scotland
Scottish textiles are popular items worth buying, especially the tartans. The shops have everything to make items from kilts to travelling rugs. Many places in Scotland have mill shops which make cloths and tweeds, mostly in the borders.
Jewellery items are also popular purchases and they are available in many craft shops throughout the Islands and Highlands. You will find beautiful jewellery pieces with Celtic designs. Pottery and glassware are also popular items.
Finally, food items are must buys in Scotland where you can get more than the shortbread in tartan tins. Smoked products such as salmon are good buys if you are not travelling far. Arran Island is one of the best areas to buy food products as this is where you are able to buy delightful local preserves and mustards, cheeses, smoked game and fish, plus many more. Of course, you cannot shop in Scotland without getting whisky. Many distilleries offer great discounts for their brand of whisky.