Getting to the Scottish Borders
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Throughout the Scottish Borders there are fantastic shopping opportunities, and each of its towns boasts an array of independent producers, retailers and artists. Kelso is chock-full of independent shops selling everything from jewellery to fishing tackle. There is a great selection of independent ladieswear shops including Meg Maitland, Zantik, and Bank Street Boutique. Also around The Square, you will find A Hume (stockists of Barbour, Dubarry, Le Chameau and Loake), Fat Face and Orvis. Country Corner (opposite Sainsbury’s) stocks riding gear, Joules, Jack Murphy and more. As you would imagine, in a town where salmon fishing is at the heart of the tourist trade, in Kelso anglers’ needs are well-catered for at Fin and Game and Orvis, which offers angling apparel.
Foodies and bookworms alike will love a visit to The Mainstreet Trading Company in St Boswells. The book shop, cafe, deli and homeware shop are all stylish, welcoming, and friendly. A few minutes’ drive from St Boswells lies the picturesque town of Melrose. On the corner of Morow Gardens, you’ll find Simply Delicious, an ice cream parlour serving Orkney Ice Cream, home-made tablet, Scottish chocolates and traditional sweets. Wander around the block, and you’ll discover Abbey Fine Wines and Rhymers Fayre Café. There are gifts galore, tiny trinkets and sweet treats on sale in a range of gift shops on Jedburgh High Street: Heart of the Borders, Oisin, and Jedburgh Chocolate House.
Peebles rivals any town, with its magnificent views and array of independent shops and boutiques. One not to be missed is the award-winning Cocoa Black Chocolate Boutique on Cuddy Bridge. In addition to the gifts to take away, there’s also a cafe serving hot chocolate drinks, cakes and patisserie – and a cookery school. The salted caramel crispy thins are particularly worth seeking out. On Northgate, in her eponymously-named gallery, local artist Moy Mackay exhibits her unusual and unique ‘felt paintings’, alongside the works of other artists and makers from the Borders and further afield.
Based in the Scottish town of Kelso, Borders Cookware is an independent retailer specialising in non-electrical kitchen equipment. Come in to browse the ranges which include Aga, Emma Bridgewater, Joseph Joseph, Oxo Good Grips, Le Creuset, Sophie Allport, Robert Welch and many more. Whether you are a domestic queen, or a gastronomic novice there will be plenty to delight you from innovative gadgets or traditional utensils, through to practical accessories or quirky gifts.
At Hawico you will have the opportunity to purchase previous seasons’ collections at much reduced prices and there is also a viewing gallery which allows you to watch the manufacturing process. The company first started production in 1874 and is one of the original manufacturers from the early days of the Industrial Revolution. Today Hawico Scotland has developed into one of the leading European cashmere brands in the world producing pullovers and knitted accessories in quality fibres for ladies, men and children. Visit website
Established in 1986, Chapel Jewellers is a family firm who understand the beauty, sentiment and value of jewellery and watches. Whether you’re purchasing an item, commissioning a special piece, redesigning or repairing a beloved item, or simply wanting to sell a piece of jewellery or a watch, Chapel can help. Specialising in new and antique fine jewellery and watches, the jewellers has an excellent reputation and a superb selection to suit every occasion. Offering exquisite pieces at sensible prices is Chapel’s forte, and the jewellers are always happy to give advice! Visit website
Brevity is a lovely ladies fashion boutique located on the High Street in Peebles. The small and friendly store are stockists of brands such as Cream, Grizas, Ferella, Heart, Joe Brown, Tethera Greys and MT Jewellery. Brevity also stock a fantastic range of accessories, scarfs and handbags along with a wide range of jewellery. Visit website
The Lochcarron Visitor Centre in Selkirk gives you the unique opportunity to see first hand exactly how they make their woven textiles. The fascinating Mill Tours take you from yarn to finished fabric and illustrate just how international the business truly is. Lochcarron of Scotland has an international reputation and is a key partner supplying many design houses across the globe with the fabrics showcased in catwalk collections. Within the visitor centre they offer a range of their own collections of scarves, stoles, throws, skirts, outerwear, complementary knitted collections and gift ranges. From cashmere to lambswool, there are items to suit all budgets. Visit website
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