Top shopping experiences in Edinburgh

For an alternative take on the kilt, head to Edinburgh’s 21st Century Kilts. Designer Howie Nicholsby aims to ‘give men throughout the world a realistic alternative to trousers’, and uses fabrics like leather and purple denim for his kilts, which have a celebrity following.

Jenners in Edinburgh, Scotland’s oldest department store, was founded in 1838 and before becoming a House of Fraser in 2005, it was the oldest independent department store in Scotland.

There’s a prestigious branch of London favourite upmarket department store Harvey Nichols in Edinburgh, on St Andrews Square.

Edinburgh’s finest selection of Scottish tweed is Walker Slater on Victoria Street, there are shops for both men and women on the steeply sloping Victoria Street that runs from the Royal Mile to Grassmarket.

Not far outside Edinburgh is McArthurGlen’s Livingston’s shopping outlet village, where you’ll find more than 70 brands. Snap up bargains from famous British labels such as Marks & Spencer, Ted Baker, Austin Reed and handbag brand Radley.

Scotland is famed for its fine cashmere, and you can find a particularly luxurious gift or 2 at Belinda Robertson and Brora, both in the elegant New Town of Edinburgh.

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