It is a herculean task to find a genuine souvenir shop on Royal Mile given the amount of shops selling fake Chinese products to cater to the needs of the huge number of tourists flocking the area. Here is our list of shops where you can buy a perfect souvenir to commemorate your travel, without worrying about being cheated.
1. The Woollen Mill
This is a shop established in 1993 and have their own fashion brand. You can trust them with the quality. Buy tartan, cap or gloves made of lamb’s wool here. They have huge collection and staff are smiling and helpful. Prices are reasonable too. So, here comes a perfect shop to pick your Scottish woolen souvenir.
179 High Street, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1PD
ph: 0131 225 8023
2. Cadenheads Whisky Shop
What can be a perfect souvenir in Edinburgh other than a perfectly blend scotch. If you wish to buy a bottle of this Scottish goodness, do check them out. They would allow you to taste the whiskey and choose the one you like.
172 Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8BN
t: 0131 556 5864, f: 0131 556 2527
3. Cranachan & Crowdie
They stock up all the Scottish treats in one place. This is a perfect place if you wish to satisfy your Scottish food cravings. You can shop for drinks, traditional tablets & Whiskey tablets, marmalades and chutneys. They do have interesting ‘Plant Me’ Cards, the greeting cards that contain seeds and it grows into a plant when planted & watered for 3-5 days.
Having said that, they are the one who offers best of Scottish food range, beware that they are expensive. The souvenirs like handmade photo frame, mug, chopping board etc are excellent but pricey. Also, do not shop packed biscuits or shortbreads here as ou can find the same for a cheaper price on Royal Mile.
263 Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8BQ
4. Canongate Jerseys & Crafts
It is a small family-run boutique shop selling unique art items since 1978. They specialize in Celtic & Pictish art. I love their Celtic carved stone wall-plaque, did not see that elsewhere during my stay, I can say it was unique to this place. They also sell hand knitted tartans, scarves & sweaters. You can also find sporran (the pouch that is worn traditionally with the kilt) here. Shop owner was really friendly and helpful. She was patient in explaining the products and giving suggestions. Had a good chat with her. I’m sure, it would be a happy shopping experience for you guys here.
164-166 Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8DD