Scotland has so much we can be proud of, whether it be our sensational spirits, terrific tartans or fantastic food.
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Along the length and breadth of the country there are hubs of craft and creativity producing fabulous items with a distinctively Scottish feel.
You can snap up great gifts or treat yourself to a little bit of luxury.
So what’s out there that will tickle your Caledonian fancy?
Here we tell you about five great businesses that showcase Scotland at its best.
Tweed products to dye for
Harris Tweed® is handwoven in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland from pure virgin wool.
Not only is the wool spun and dyed on the island, the tweed has to be handwoven at the weaver’s own home. Harris Tweed® is the only tweed in the world governed by Act of Parliament 1993, which safeguards the fabric.
Nestled in the bustling heart of Tarbert, Isle of Harris, Harris Tweed® Isle Of Harris is a family business that specialises in all things Harris Tweed®.
It stocks a wide range of cloth, ladies and gents jackets, slippers and shoes, hats, bags and a wide range of accessories – perfect gifts for any occasion.
The bags and accessories are made with Harris Tweed® and real leather apart from the vegan collection.
Harris Tweed® also sells the cloth from 1/4 of a metre that’s suitable for various craft projects.
Worldwide shipping is also available.
Look your best by trying out some fabulous Harris Tweed®.
Well plaid: the tartan that shows you Love Gaelic
The Love Gaelic Brand and its own Love Gaelic Tartan were founded to reflect the love and passion which exists to keep the Gaelic language alive. Gaelic learners and native speakers worldwide, form the backbone and hope to overcome any obstacles the Gaelic language encounters.
As the Gaelic Student Community has grown so fast globally during the recent years, Love Gaelic decided to create its own corporate tartan to offer its Love Gaelic students and other Gaelic enthusiasts, learners and speakers, a symbol of unity in their effort to bring the language back into their daily lives. The red colour represents the love for the language, blue for the challenges it faces and the grey lines are the people keeping it alive. The hint of maroon reflects the blooming island heather.
Love Gaelic produces tartan merchandise, either woven in light or heavy-weight tartan or printed products. Most of its production is on-demand online. However, it has some items currently in stock to be dispatched immediately from North Uist, one of the Gaelic heartlands.
Its tartan is not just another tartan, it is helping Gaelic survive and thrive by raising its profile and creating awareness of our global efforts.
Find out more about Love Gaelic and its amazing offerings.
Raise your spirits at Badachro Distillery
The story behind Badachro Distillery is like something out of a fairy tale. Owners Gordon and Vanessa Quinn met at the Badachro Inn, married 12 weeks later, travelled the world, then returned to their spiritual home to set up the distillery.
But if that early whirlwind romance seems ripped straight from the pages of Hans Christian Andersen, the distillery’s fortunes have since taken it to the top of the bestseller list.
Badachro exports its popular gin, vodka and whisky to 10 countries around the world, including Canada and Taiwan, as well as nurturing an ever-growing fanbase on home soil.
Gordon and Vanessa are still very firmly rooted in Scotland, though, and are proud of their heritage. Wherever possible they source materials locally – whether that’s botanicals, outsourced marketing and admin support, or packaging.
Five gins – Badachro, Coastal, 57° Storm Strength, Raspberry and Orangey Orains – provide a taste of the land and the coast around Wester Ross.
Dancing Puffin Vodka represents the playful side of the village, and its cheeky puffin mascot has become a firm favourite with vodka fans around the world.
The whisky showcases the heritage of the Highlands and the distillers that have called it home for centuries. The signature tuscan oak expression in the Bad na h-Achlaise series is a medium peated single malt that’s become popular the world over.
Whet your appetite with a look at Badachro Distillery’s amazing range.
Stylish Scottish Food and Drink Hampers from The Arran Gift Box
The Arran Gift Box is a family-run business based on the Isle of Arran, off the West of Scotland.
Launched in 2017, they started as an online business which has now grown with two retail shops on the island.
The gift boxes contain delicious products from some of the island’s top producers, including Arran Cheese, Wooley’s of Arran Oatcakes, James Chocolates, Arran Whisky, Arran Gin and Paterson’s of Arran chutneys & jams.
They have recently expanded their offering to include the Arran Cheese Hampers from The Arran Cheese Shop and a wide range of fabulous Scottish products both on the website and in-store.
Making for wonderful Christmas gifts, their stylish gift boxes can be shipped UK-wide and can include a hand-written, personalised message.
Pre-orders are now being taken for Christmas.
Order now from The Arran Gift Box for delivery in December.
Distil my beating heart! Orkney gin is the perfect gift
Looking for a unique gift for your loved ones this Christmas? Look no further!
Orkney Distilling’s quest is to earn Kirkjuvagr mythical status with gin drinkers around the world. It handcrafts its gin in small batches using traditional copper stills in a process defined by passion, commitment and attention to detail. After all, the Vikings didn’t mess around. Nor do they.
And the symbol on the bottle? That’s a Vegvisir, or Viking compass. Its power helped the Norsemen find their way. Now Orkney Distilling hopes it will lead you north on your own epic voyage to discover the home of Kirkjuvagr. Its unique repeating wave pattern forms the body of the bottle, symbolising the seafaring traditions of the islands and the bold, exploratory spirit of Orcadians.
In name, Kirkjuvagr Gin reflects the rich history of the islands and the boldness of those ancient seafarers. In character though, it’s utterly contemporary and has been crafted with the modern, discerning gin enthusiast in mind.
It is, quite simply, unmistakably Orcadian.
Raise your spirits with Orkney Distilling’s fantastic gin.
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