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Festive Shopping Aberfeldy

Pick up some last minute Scottish treats while you're here

Aberfeldy is one of those little towns that is lined with fabulous independent shops that makes a day’s Christmas shopping so enjoyable. The shops are owned by individuals and families who are passionate about their products, and who pride themselves on providing top-quality service. You'll find everything your loved ones desire and a few gorgeous extras on top. Whether you are looking for a beautiful cushion, handcrafted wooden furniture, a tweed waistcoat, jewellery or a book you will be spoilt for choice.

On the last Saturday in November there is also the Christmas market and parade in the town square from 10am till 4pm. Enjoy an array of local artisan produce, meet the growers and taste the delights. You will see for yourself why Aberfeldy was awarded as Scotland's first Fairtrade town.

Let us introduce you to some of our favourite Aberfeldy Indies

The Watermill Bookshop, Gallery & Cafe is housed in a three-storey former oatmeal. Jayne & Kevin Ramage were awarded UK Independent Bookshop of the Year in 2009 and this unique shop is also included in the New Yorker book of 75 Greatest Bookstores in the World in 2016.

The Spirit of Wood is situated in an elevated position, overlooking the town Owners Calum and Nicky McDiarmid have tastefully converted several farm buildings in which to display premium quality, solid wood furniture, giftware and home accessories.

Angus Ross and his team of skilled artisans bend, mould, sculpt and fold wood to create remarkable furniture. Angus sources oak from an ancient woodland that he also manages, a few miles downstream from the workshop, on the banks of the River Tay. The studio showroom is not permanently manned so please phone ahead.

Local business Haggart’s was started back in 1801 by James Haggart. He collected wool from the many farmers around Loch Tay, spinning it into yarn and then weaving it on handlooms into tweed. They made tweeds for lots of different Scottish estates and even had a Royal warrant. Over two hundred years later, the brand continues in the able-bodied hands of Ryan Hannigan.

Homer is another great shop created by Jayne & Kevin Ramage that is situated in the old barn next to the Watermill. Its bare stone walls and rustic charms are 100% authentic. The shop is laid out over two floors, crammed with nice things for you and your home. We suggest a dedicated shopping trip, with a half-time break in the Watermill cafe to refuel on coffee and cake.

Macdonald Butchers is family run and dates back to 1928. Rory Macdonald offers the best locally sourced produce which is why chef uses them as a key supplier of beef, lamb and pork for our restaurants. They have a great online shop, so you if you loved your hand cut sirloin or saddle of lamb you can continue to enjoy them when you return home. Rory Macdonald at Macdonald Butchers is the third generation of Macdonalds to be involved in this business which was established in 1928.

Breadalbane Bakery is another great family business run by Lynda Morris. If you are staying in a cottage, be sure to stop in and stock up on their hand crafted bread, savouries, pies and cakes.Amalie Harper Gow at Berdie & Boo combines beautiful soft Scottish tweeds with funky fabrics to make jackets and capes with a classic feel that can be handed down from child to child. Amelie worked in costume for film and TV before opening her business which is named after her Jack Russell, Perdie and her daughter, Boo.

Francis Jackson ran the Windows of Aberfeldy gift shop before opening Noa. She stocks a fantastic range of ladies clothing including Masai, Seasalt, NYDJ, White Stuff, and Postcard.

Adam and Anna Seward of Aberfeldy Gallery are both passionate about the arts. Their shop showcases contemporary work of local and Scottish artists and you can also explore the diverse range of artworks on their website.

Iain Burnett the Highland Choclatier hand makes artisan Gourmet chocolates. Enjoy a Chocolate Tour & Tasting, relax in the Chocolate Lounge and browse the magical Chocolate Shop.

Doigs of Aberfeldy has been going for 34 years and features some interesting characters in the shop window. It is a good old fashioned ladies and gents outfitter but also stocks brands such as Weirdfish. Like so many local businesses, Alec Doig is keeping it in the family with his daughter Natalia helping out in the shop now.

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