Not looking to spend tons of money, but would like to find a quality shop where the stuff isn't all made in China. Thx!!
John Pringle or John Pringle & Sons. Their tourist knicknacks are junk but their tartans are not. You might ask at the TI office at the top of the Waverly Station stairs. They give good advice.
I remember walking downhill from the Castle toward HolyRood. Downhill from Starbuck's and bridge street. Right hand side. (About halfway down royal mile.) There are several nice tartan shops without the "junk." Can't remember the name. My husband bought a good quality LochCarron tie there. More of a clothing store with purses, scarves, gloves, as well as things for men. All wool and tartan things. Has a good window display. You might see something about a Princess Diana Tartan pattern.
Ah, Monte, sadly, a lot of Pringle's sweaters are now at least partially manufactured in China. So sad. :( I like shopping in Jenners on Princes Street. Also, there is a very nice jewelry shop about halfway down the Royal Mile on the South Side. There was a nice knit shop past it, I think around North Bridge. The Jewelry shop was just about across from the John Knox House. Pam
Ah, Pamela, I didn't know that. Thanks.
Are you also going to Inverness? We ordered a dress kilt there - It was tailor made on the premises and shipped to us about two months later. http://www.highlandhouseoffraser.com
If you get up to Inverness there is a wonderful shop in nearby Beauly, Campbell & Company. The little old ladies are amazing. :) We stop there almost every time we visit. It's a favorite with my friends.
i found a non-cheesy store for scotland-woven mohair blankets on the Mile on a corner on the north side. seemed to have non-cheesy stuff in general there.
And is there a non-tartany cheese shop?
Monty Python would know where that one is.
Everything on the Royal Mile is going to come with sky-high prices. They pay too much rent on that stretch to be affordable. Check out Buyakilt.com. I've bought three kilts and a bunch of related items from them over a few years. They're located outside of Glasgow, will probably cost a third what a Royal Mile shop will cost. Depending on what you order, they are amazingly fast shipping. I've ordered kilt pins, hose, belts, etc. (stuff that would likely be in stock) and had it delivered inside of a week - compared to stuff I've ordered from within the U.S. that took much longer.
Oh, Brad, don't tease us like that. Pictures, please!
Is the OP still around or are we talking to ourselves?