Top shopping experiences in Edinburgh

For an alternative take on the Scottish classic, 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, so why not grab yourself one of these designer pieces for a souvenir unlike any other.

Before becoming a House of Fraser in 2005 - itself an iconic British brand - Jenners in Edinburgh was Scotland’s oldest independent department store. Founded in 1838, the building remains the oldest department store in Scotland and stocks a wide range of fashion brands, high-quality homeware and beauty products.

There’s also a prestigious branch of London's favourite upmarket department store Harvey Nichols in Edinburgh, on St Andrew Square. They sell everything from perfume to pocket squares, so get ready to shop ‘til you drop!

Edinburgh’s finest selection of Scottish tweed is Walker Slater on Victoria Street. There are two shops filled with sartorial delights, one for men and one for women, on the steeply sloping Victoria Street that runs from the Royal Mile to Grassmarket, so why not get yourself some authentic tweed jackets or trousers while in Edinburgh.

Not far outside Edinburgh is Livingston Designer Outlet, Scotland’s biggest designer fashion outlet 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 two at Belinda Robertson and Brora, both in the elegant New Town of Edinburgh.

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