Scottish Souvenirs: 15 Authentic Scottish Things to Buy in Edinburgh


Scotland’s popularity extends far beyond its geographic boundaries, largely due to Hollywood’s interest in the Scottish theme – Sean Connery (as James Bond), “Bravelove”, etc. Indeed, the cultural spectrum of this part of Scotland is enormous and includes great history, music, traditional fashion, ingenuity, characteristic whisky, and more. When in Edinburgh, you will definitely want to buy something memorable and distinctive of Scotland to preserve as a memorial. Here are some ideas on what might serve this purpose well.

1. Edinburgh Crystal

Synonymous with luxury, the Edinburgh Crystal constitutes a great gift for your family and friends who can use it as a functional or decorative item. Produced in the mid-1800s, this cut glass crystal has become a symbol of Edinburgh. It can be in the form of drinking glasses, bowls, decanters, baskets or even bells.


Where to find it:
John Lewis
Address: St James Centre, Edinburgh EH1 3SP, Scotland

2. Malt Scotch Whisky

Looking for a bottle of whisky as a gift for your friends or family? The Malt whisky is correctly what you need. Choose the best whiskey from Scotland’s finest distilleries that speaks for itself – capturing the rarity and exclusive in a glass, these Scottish alcohols delight the whisky lovers and stylish from all over the world. Whisky Single Malt Scotch is exclusively made from malted barley and represents Scotland’s largest exporter. Edinburgh is regarded as home to the Malt Whisky Society and stocks the largest collection of whisky in the world.

Where to find it:

Royal Mile Whiskies
Address: 379 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1PW, Scotland

The Scotch Whisky Experience shop
Address: 354 Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2NE, Scotland

3. Quaich

This classic Scottish bowl is an ideal gift for special occasions, such as weddings, baptisms, birthdays or anniversaries. It is also widely used as a trophy for golf, curling, and other sporting events. Although most quaichs types are made of wood, other popular materials include stone, pewter,  brass, horn, and silver. The Quaich has a rather unique history and is surrounded by myth and mystique. It has a special place in the heart of all who know something of its history and is a prized possession of many people who have an association with Scotland. And will always be remembered in its traditional use as a visitor’s welcome or farewell cup by proud clan chiefs, worthy merchants or humble crofters.


Where to find it:
Address: 259 Morningside Road, Edinburgh EH10 4RD, Scotland

James Ness & Son
Address: 38 Queensferry Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4QY, Scotland

4. Sgian-Dubh

Whether it be a gift for a special person or for yourself, sgian-dubh represents an exclusive artwork, something to be worn with pride and passed on as a legacy to the future generation. It represents a small, single-edged knife worn as a piece of the popular Scottish Highland dress together with the kilt. The knife is usually worn so as only the upper segment of the hilt is remarkable, the rest being tucked into the top of the kilt hose. However, as the sgian dubh was originally used for protection, hunting, and cutting materials, the historical sgian dubh would have been a simpler knife.


Where to find it:

Crest Of Edinburgh
Address: 217 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1PE, Scotland

Heritage of Scotland
Address: 18-20 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR, Scotland


5. Cairn O’Mohr Wine

Cairn O’Mohr, outstanding Scottish fruit wines, forms a fabulous gift for those who enjoy a good glass of wine. Made from berries, flowering flowers and leaves that grow in the region, this award-winning drink brings a special savor and juicy flavor. Only the freshest ingredients are used to produce these wines, such as strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, oak leaves, and brambles. Nothing extravagant, just the best ingredients that they grow, fermented in the traditional way. This Scottish alcohol attracts curious and discerning wine lovers from all over the world and constitutes an excellent accompaniment for dinner.


Where to find it:
Edinburgh Farmers’ Market
Address: Castle Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2EN, Scotland

Ghillie Dhu (pub)
Address: 2 Rutland Place, Edinburgh EH1 2AD , Scotland

6. Kilt

People adore the comfort and practicality of kilts, as well as the style, heritage, and courtesy that comes with wearing them. A kilt is a type of knee-length non-bifurcated skirt with pleats at the back, originating in the traditional dress of Gaelic men and boys in the Scottish Highlands. This traditional dress for men and boys is highly appreciated throughout the world, is considered a sacred symbol of patriotism and honor for a true Scotsman.


Where to find it:

Geoffrey Taylor Kiltmaker
Address: 57-59 High Street, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1SR, Scotland

Hector Russell
Address: 137-141 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SG , Scotland

7. Heathergems Jewelry

This individually unique gem constitutes an excellent gift for that one-of-a-kind person in your life. Made from the dried stems of the heather plant, this creatively colorful jewelry will bring a piece of the Highlands to you. No two pieces of jewelry will be colored completely alike, each item showing different patterns and colors. Only natural dyes are used to color the stems. The jewelry comes in attractive gift boxes, some of them reproducing designs dating back to the start of Christianity in Scotland.


Where to find it:

The Luckenbooth (shop)
Address: 215 High Street, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1PE, Scotland

Neanie Scott (shop)
Address: 131 Cannongate, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8BP, Scotland

8. Tartan Scarf

Whether you wear it for style or warmth, the tartan scarf will surely add prominence to any outfit you decide to wear. It represents Scottish pride and creates an excellent accessory for both, men and women.  These gorgeous scarves come in a variety of options, including wool, silk, and cashmere, and are often used as baby shawls. They are soft and serve as a great highlight for your overall. Their length allows you to wrap them in different ways. An ideal gift for a special person or yourself!


Where to find it:

Geoffrey Taylor Kiltmaker
Address: 555 Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2ND, Scotland

Royal Mile Street
Address: Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2PB, Scotland

9. Ghillie Brogues Shoes

Ghillie brogues are most often perceived as an item of traditional, formal Scottish dress worn with a kilt outfit and are mainly worn for social occasions. At first glance, they appear to have no tongue and long laces that are wrapped around the leg, preventing it from getting stuck in the mud and streams of Scotland. The latter holds up better in extremely hot or wet weather. Ghillie Brogues today capture the same traditional look but uses different materials to match the needs of the wearer.


Where to find it:

The Scotland Kilt Company
Address: 93-95 Southbridge, Edinburgh EH1 1HN, Scotland

Address: 7a Dundas Street, Edinburgh EH1 1PW, Scotland

10. Sporran

The sporran a traditional part of male Scottish Highland dress, is a pouch that performs the same function as pockets on the pocketless kilt which is a great place to store your keys, money, and other personal belongings. This traditional item of the Scottish Highland dress constitutes an excellent gift for your family and friends. They are usually made of leather or fur and have many different designs. There are several kinds of sporrans, such as dress sporrans, day sporrans, animal mask sporrans, and horsehair sporrans.


Where to find it:

Gordon Nicolson
Address: 189 Canongate, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8BN, Scotland

The Kilt hire co.
Address: 54/56 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 5LA , Scotland

11. Scottish Tea

The two most popular Scottish Tea brands are Scotland Tea Breakfast and Scottish Blend. These are famous especially for the Scotland soft water and is considered the top genuine Scottish tea. Scottish breakfast is a full-bodied black tea, usually served with sugar and milk. Each Scottish Tea offers a unique savor and aroma, serving as an excellent gift for tea lovers.


Where to find it:

Address: 20 Leven Street, Edinburgh EH3 9LJ, Scotland

12. Toiletries and Fragrances

The Scottish perfume company, Arran Aromatics, is a leading manufacturer of hygienic toiletries, lifestyle products, and gifts. It produces about 250 items in 6 different areas, including types of milled vegetable soaps, foam bath, bath grains, shower gel, body wash, bath oil, body lotion, hand cream, and lip balm. One of their most popular items is the Citrus For Men Fly Collection, which is the bestselling product of the company. The shaving products are also very popular, known for the fresh scent of island shores. To continue to maintain the best possible product, the company uses only the finest, most natural ingredients available.


Where to find it:

Arran Aromatics
Address: (Located down a set of stairs from the main street so look carefully if you are trying to find it.), 63 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2JG, Scotland

13. Scottish Traditional Music CDs

A great selection of Scottish music CD’s which host a range of traditional and classic Celtic tracks, including bagpipe CD’s allowing you to get a true flavor of Scotland. All are great for bringing in the New Year and any Scottish event.
A CD with Scottish traditional music constitutes a great gift for those fond of folk music. It’s an excellent Scottish gift idea, perfect when you’re looking for something special!


Where to find it:

Coda Music
Address: 12 Bank Street, Old Town, Edinburgh EH1 2LN, Scotland

14. Scottish Crest Badge

This heraldic badge, showing honor and loyalty to an individual or a member of a particular Scottish clan, is an excellent gift for your family or friends. It represents a peak expressed with a motto and is often worn by representatives of Scottish clans. Crest badges are made of silver or white metal and form an important accessory of the Scottish traditional dress. Women tend to wear it as a brooch, usually on the left side.


Where to find it:

Crest Of Edinburgh
Address: 217 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1PE, Scotland

Heritage of Scotland
Address: 18-20 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR, Scotland

15. Scottish Heather Honey

This premium honey brand gathered from the hives spreads throughout the Scottish Highlands will definitely make a big hit with your family or friends back homeward. Its unique, strong full-bodied flavor makes it quite well known to chefs and connoisseurs. Rich honey with a deep caramel flavor is characterized by a thick texture, almost like jelly, and sweet, natural. The nectar is collected from two different jellies, Bell Heather and Ling Heather. It has high levels of iron, vitamins, and minerals. An enjoyable and highly recommended gift!


Where to find it:

Good Food
Address: 255 Morningside Road, Edinburgh EH10 4RD, Morningside, Scotland

Real Foods Ltd‎
Address: 37 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1 3JU, Scotland

Real Foods Ltd‎
Address: 8 Brougham Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH3 9JH, Scotland


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