There are plenty of opportunities to get your retail fix in and around Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn. With many people attracted to Inverness because of the great outdoors, sports enthusiasts should have no problem finding what they need from big names such as Go Outdoors, Blacks and Tiso. The pedestrianised high street in Inverness runs almost from the river right up to the Eastgate Shopping Centre, the biggest indoor shopping centre for miles around.
If you’re in and around Loch Ness, you’re likely to be intrigued by the mystical Loch Ness Monster. For a vast array of wares, try Loch Ness Gifts, a family-owned gift shop in the heart of Drumnadrochit where you’ll find much more than just Nessie fare. You can browse their carefully-sourced traditional Scottish gifts, soft toys, clothing, jewellery and Harris Tweed wares. The Loch Ness Clansman hotel, with great views over Loch Ness, also has a gift shop with Nessie and Scottish-themed items including tartan goods.
Just a 20-minute drive from Inverness is the village of Beauly which offers a range of excellent shops. Established in 1858, stepping into Campbell’s of Beauly is like stepping back in time. The shop is packed with original fittings giving it a unique feel and sense of history. It specialises in countrywear, knitwear and offers bespoke tailoring. A few miles past Nairn, you’ll find Brodie Countryfare, which stocks a host of quality deli food and drinks. They stock locally-made fare such as home-baking, preserves, meats, pâtés and whiskies, alongside an exciting range of gourmet food from all over the UK and beyond.
Cheese lovers will find a little slice of heaven at the Cheese Pantry, located outside Inverness just off the road to Nairn on the family dairy farm, Connage Highland Dairy. All Connage cheeses are fully organic. Bookworms will rejoice at the sight of Leakey’s Bookshop in Inverness and The Nairn Bookshop is another great independent bookshop, located on the town’s high street. The shop has a great range of personally-chosen stock that includes fiction, non-fiction and children’s books.
Harris Tweed Isle of Harris
6-8 Inglis St, Inverness IV1 1HN
Harris Tweed Isle of Harris is a genuine family-run Harris Tweed retailer in the city centre of Inverness. The shop stocks a wide range of Harris Tweed clothing, footwear, accessories, home furnishings and gifts and also sells Harris Tweed cloth by the metre. Many of the products are hand-made by local craft workers and are one of a kind. Harris Tweed is the only fabric in the world governed by its own Act of Parliament. It is well known for its quality and history and is used by many of the world’s leading designers. The Tweed must be hand-woven by islanders in their homes in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland and is made using 100% pure new wool. Visit website
2 Henderson Rd, Inverness IV1 1SN
Tiso is Scotland’s leading specialist retailer for outdoor clothing, camping, cycling, waterspouts and climbing equipment. During your stay in the Highlands, pop into the Inverness store to check out the latest outdoor gear from the world’s most exciting brands. You’ll be sure of a warm welcome. Visit website
Church St, Inverness IV1 1EY
A real Inverness legend, Leakey’s is one of the largest second-hand bookshops in Scotland – expect towering piles of books stacked high in every direction. Housed in a large, beautiful church and heated by a huge wood-burning stove, bibliophiles will spend many a happy hour browsing the overflowing shelves.
Teawig Farm, Beauly, Inverness IV4 7AX
Just on the outskirts of Beauly at Teawig Farm, Patches Corner is a new shop is full of wonderful craft supplies so come for a browse. There is a large range of quilting, patchwork and craft supplies, we also run various classes and workshops. Patches Corner have over 700 bolts of fabric to choose from and a wide selection of haberdashery and quilting notions too. Visit website
Loch Ness Gifts
The Green, Drumnadrochit, Inverness IV63 6TX
Loch Ness Gifts is an independent, family-owned and managed gift shop in the village of Drumnadrochit near Loch Ness. The shop sources its own gifts and souvenirs from suppliers all over Scotland – clothing, Nessies, shortbread, clan-themed items, Harris Tweed, Orkney jewellery, Heather Gems, Art Pewter jewellery, books, sweets and much more. Visit website
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