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10 Scottish Things to Buy in Edinburgh

| Uncategorized | May 7, 2019


The popularity of Scotland stretches far beyond its geographical borders, fueled, in large part, by Hollywood’s interest in the Scottish theme – Sean Connery (as James Bond), “Braveheart”, etc. Indeed, the cultural spectrum of this part of Britain is enormous and comprises great history, music, traditional fashion, craftsmanship, signature whisky, and much much more. When in Edinburgh, you would definitely want to procure something memorable and distinctly Scottish to keep as a souvenir. Here are some ideas of what might serve this purpose just well.

1. Edinburgh Crystal

Edinburgh Crystal
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Synonymous with luxury, the Edinburgh Crystal constitutes a great gift for your family and friends, who may use it either as a functional or decorative item. Manufactured since the mid 1800s, this cut glass crystal became a symbol of Edinburgh. It may come in the form of drinking glasses, decanters, bowls, baskets, or even bells. Edinburgh Crystal is now owned by Waterford Wedgwood. Even though there were many ranges of glassware, only four of them have succeeded to maintain their uniqueness in the former “Connoisseur Collection”, namely: the Star of Edinburgh, the Thistle, King James and Lochnagar. These were labeled as collectibles. Prices vary between $15 and $400.Where to find it:John Lewis
Address: St James Centre, Edinburgh EH1 3SP, Scotland, UK
Tel: (+44) 131 556 9121 
Website: ‎johnlewis.com

2. Malt Scotch Whisky

Malt Scotch Whisky
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Looking for a bottle of whisky as a gift for your friends or family? The malt Scotch whisky is exactly what you need. The finest whisky selection from Scotland’s best distilleries with a quality that speaks for itself – capturing rarity and exclusiveness in a glass, this Scottish alcoholic drink captivates curious and discerning whisky lovers from all corners of the globe. The Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made exclusively from malted barley and represents Scotland’s biggest export. Edinburgh is considered the home of the Malt Whisky Society, stocking the world’s largest whisky collection. Prices vary between $20 and $340.Where to find it:Royal Mile Whiskies
Address: 379 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1PW, Scotland, UK
Tel: (+44) 131 225 3383 
Email: [email protected] 
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday: 10:00 – 21:00, Sunday: 11:00 – 21:00
Website: http://www.royalmilewhiskies.com/

The Scotch Whisky Experience shop
Address: 354 Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE, Scotland, UK
Tel: (+44) 131 220 0441 
Website: http://www.scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk/

3. Quaich

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This classic small drinking bowl of Scotland constitutes an ideal gift for various special occasions, such as weddings, christenings, birthdays or anniversaries. It is also widely used as a trophy for golf, curling and other sports events. Though most often quaichs are made of wood, other popular materials include stone, bras, pewter, horn and silver. Some quaichs’ bottoms are made of glass, allegedly so that the drinker could keep watch on his companions. Many quaichs are engraved with some special messages or a clan crest. In Edinburgh, quaichs became popular at the end of the 17th century. Prices range between $20 and $200, or more.Where to find it:Angles
Address: 259 Morningside Road, Edinburgh EH10 4RD, Scotland, UK
Tel: (+44 ) 131 447 8744
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://quaichshop.co.uk/

James Ness & Son
Address: 38 Queensferry Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4QY, Scotland, UK
Tel: (+44 ) 131 225 5161
Email: [email protected]
Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 09:20 – 17:00, Saturday: 09:20 – 12:30
Website: http://www.jamesness.co.uk/

4. Sgian-Dubh

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Whether buy it as a gift for a special person or for yourself, sgian-dubh represents an exclusive work of art, something to wear with pride and pass as a legacy to future generations. It represents a small, single-edged knife worn as a piece of the popular Scottish Highland dress together with the kilt. The knife is usually worn so as only the upper segment of the hilt is noticeable, the rest being tucked into the top of the kilt hose. It is used as a ceremonial item of dress, not as a self-defense weapon, much more for cutting purposes. Price: $50 – $450 or more.Where to find it:Crest Of Edinburgh
Address: 217 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1PE, Scotland, UK
Tel: (+44) 131 226 5464

Heritage of Scotland
Address: 18-20 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR, Scotland, UK
Tel: (+44) 131 557 2030 ‎
Website: heritageofscotland.com‎

5. Cairn O’Mohr Wine

Cairn O'Mohr Wine
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Cairn O’Mohr, outstanding Scottish fruit wines, constitute a great gift for those who enjoy a glass of good wine. Made from berries, flowers and leaves that grow in the region, this award-winning drink brings out distinctive flavors and an aromatic juicy taste. Only the freshest ingredients are used to produce these wines, such as strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, oak leaves and brambles. Nothing sumptuous, just the best ingredients they grow, fermented in the traditional way. This Scottish alcoholic drink attracts curious and discerning wine lovers from all corners of the globe and constitutes a great accompaniment for dinner. Price: $7–$20.Where to find it:Edinburgh Farmers’ Market
Address: Castle Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2EN, Scotland, UK
Opening hours: Every Saturday, Year round: 09:00 – 14:00
Website: http://www.edinburghfarmersmarket.com 

Ghillie Dhu (pub)
Address: 2 Rutland Place, Edinburgh EH1 2AD , Scotland, UK
Tel: (+44) 131 222 9930 
Email: [email protected] 
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday: 12:00 – 03:00
Website: http://www.ghillie-dhu.co.uk/

6. Kilt


Image Courtesy of: Jongleur100People adore the comfort and practicality of kilts, as well as the style, heritage, and courtesy that comes with wearing them. This knee-length item with pleats at the rear originated in the Scottish Highlands during the 16th century, and is often being labeled as “the national dress of Scotland”. The originality of the design, construction, and convention of the Scottish kilt make it different from other garments fitting the overall description. This traditional dress for men and boys is highly appreciated throughout the world, being considered a sacred symbol of patriotism and honor for a true Scotsman. Prices vary, based on size and texture, between $40 and $450 or more.Where to find it:Geoffrey Taylor Kiltmaker
Address: 57-59 High Street, The Royal Mile,Edinburgh EH1 1SR, Scotland, UK
Tel: (+44 ) 131 557 0256 
Email: [email protected] 
Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 09:00 – 17:30, Sunday: 10:00 – 17:00 
Website: http://www.geoffreykilts.co.uk/

Hector Russell
Address: 137-141 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SG , Scotland, UK
Tel: (+44 ) 131 558 1254 
Email: [email protected] 
Website: http://www.hector-russell.com

7. Heathergems Jewelry

Heathergems Jewelry
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This impressive unique gem constitutes a great gift for that one of a kind person in your life. Made from the stems of the Heather plant (a typical Scottish plant well-known for purple bloom), this creatively colorful jewelry will bring a piece of the Highlands to you. No two pieces of jewelry will be colored absolutely alike, each item showing different patterns and colors. Only natural dyes are used to color the stems. The jewelry comes in attractive gift boxes, some of them reproducing designs dating back to the start of Christianity in Scotland. Prices vary between $10 and $100.Where to find it:The Luckenbooth (shop)
Address: 215 High Street, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1PE, Scotland, UK
Tel: (+44) 131 220 1840 
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday: 09:00 – 17:00

Neanie Scott (shop)
Address: 131 Cannongate, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8BP, Scotland, UK
Tel: (+44 ) 131 5583528
Email: [email protected] 
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday: 10:00 – 18:00
Website: http://www.neaniescott.com/

8. Tartan Scarf

Tartan Scarf
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Whether you wear it for style or warmth, the tartan scarf will definitely add splash to any outfit you decide to put on. It shows off the Scottish pride and constitutes a great accessory for both, men and women. These stunning scarves come in a variety of options, including wool, silk and cashmere, and are often used as a sash for children. They feel soft and fuzzy, serving as a great highlight to your overall look. Their length allows you to wrap them in a variety of ways. An ideal gift for someone special or yourself! Prices vary, based on length and texture, between $10 and $200 or more.Where to find it:Geoffrey Taylor Kiltmaker
Address: 555 Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2ND, Scotland, UK
Tel: (+44 ) 131 226 1555 
Opening hours: April – October: Monday – Saturday: 09:00 – 18:30, Sunday: 10:00 – 18:30; November – March: Monday – Saturday: 09:00 – 17:30, Sunday: 10:00 – 17:30. 
Website: http://www.geoffreykilts.co.uk/

Royal Mile Street
Address: Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2PB, Scotland, UK

9. Ghillie Brogues Shoes

Ghillie Brogues Shoes
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Ghillie brogues are most often perceived as an item of traditional, formal Scottish dress and are mainly worn for social occasions. At first glance, they appear to have no tongue and long laces that are wrapped around the leg, thus preventing it from getting stuck in the mud. Some of the shoes may have the soles only glued, while others stitched for lastingness. The latter holds up better in extreme hot or wet weather. There are a number of different brands of ghillie brogues on the market, varying in weight and shoe cuts. Prices vary accordingly between $50 and $250 or more.Where to find it:The Scotland Kilt Company
Address: 93-95 Southbridge, Edinburgh EH1 1HN, Scotland, UK
Tel: (+44 ) 131 225 3555
Email: [email protected] 
Website: http://www.thescotlandkiltcompany.co.uk/

Address: 7a Dundas Street, Edinburgh EH1 1PW, Scotland, UK
Tel: (+44) 131 225 8023 
Email: [email protected] 
Website: http://www.thescotlandkiltcompany.co.uk/

10. Sporran

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This traditional item of the Scottish Highland dress constitutes a great gift for your family and friends. It often takes the place of pockets on the pocketless Scottish kilt and serves as a great place to store keys, money and other personal items. The pouch is usually made of leather or fur and comes in a wide variety of designs. The ornamentation of the sporran is induced by the formality of the dress worn with it. There are several types of sporrans, such as dress sporrans, day sporrans, animal mask sporrans and horsehair sporrans. The prices vary from $15 up to $650 or more.Where to find it:Gordon Nicolson
Address: 189 Canongate, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8BN, Scotland, UK
Tel: (+44) 131 558 2887 
Website: http://www.nicolsonkiltmakers.com/

The Kilt hire co.
Address: 54/56 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 5LA , Scotland, UK
Tel: (+44) 131 337 3333 
Opening hours: Monday – Tuesday, Friday: 09:00 – 17:30; Wednesday – Thursday: 09:00 – 18:00, Saturday: 09:00 – 17:00, Sunday: 12:00 – 16:00
Website: http://www.thekiltstore.com/

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