Edinburgh has a style that’s distinctly Scottish, making for some great souvenirs. Here are five superb buys:
Knitwear and fabric. Edinburgh is world-famous for knitwear — think woolen coats and cashmere sweaters — so this is an obvious souvenir choice. Perhaps less well known are the city’s fine fabrics, which are used to make everything from tartan kilts to patchwork haberdashery.
Scotch whisky. As the spiritual home of whisky, Scotland is full of historic distilleries. You’ll find lots of places to buy their products in Edinburgh. Although all versions of the beverage are aged in oak barrels for at least three years, we recommend the oakiest of them all: Laphroaig and Bowmore.
Foodstuffs. Though it may not have the reputation for it, Scotland is home to some spectacular food. If you are a fan of unusual savories, pick up some black pudding or a tin of haggis for your friends and family back home to try. Or, if you’d rather play it safe, go for sweet treats like shortbread or vanilla fudge.
Celtic jewelry. Head into any Edinburgh jeweler and you’ll encounter a wide variety of silver pieces — bangles, brooches, earrings, lockets — with traditional Celtic designs. Alternatively, if you want something a little more touristic, look for tartan and heather designs.
Golf equipment. With its reputation for top-notch golf — the St. Andrews Links are just across the Firth of Forth from Edinburgh — the capital is place to find the latest equipment. For something thoroughly Scottish, try the old-school golf fashions, like the traditional plaid trousers.