If you are looking for the best shopping in Moray or quite possibly the best shopping in Scotland you are in the right place. Here is a quick list of places I recommend to buy some Scottish specialities.
Everything I write on this website as part of my A-Z of ideas of what to do while you here I have personally done myself therefore I can assure you all these ideas are personal recommendations and there are more ideas if you need them.
Whisky Shopping in Scotland
It goes without saying that this part of Scotland being the home of the Malt Whisky Trail will have the right whisky for you. Whether you are a connoisseur, a collector or just starting out exploring whisky you will be spoilt for choice. My advice is to pick your favourite distillery and do a tasting with them – then move from there.
There will always be that special bottle aged for just the right length of time in that special cask for the just the right flavour. And while you are in the Visitor Centre admire the choice of whisky enriched condiments, honies, chocolates and all the other items that are hard to resist.
With Scotland producing over 70% of the Gin produced in the UK and with the specialist expertise this part of the world has in distilling you will find World Class Gins. My favourite is Red Door Gin produced just 3 miles away from us and adjacent to Benromach Whisky.
Scotland is renowned for it’s Woollens both Lambswool and Cashmere and of course Tweeds. So your first stop should be Johnstons of Elgin for the best, most elegant woollens and cashmere you will find the world over. Even better is that lingering memory of Scotland as you wrap yourself in the comfortable, chic scarf. This is the perfect place for Christmas shopping.
Another favourite place is Knockando Woollen Mill. Stunning choice of everything from notepads to tweed baseball caps to picnic blankets and throws.
My favourite Tweed is definitely the Harris Tweed however personal experience makes me careful as to what to buy to take home so that the item does not look out of place and I get to reuse it time and time again. I think I have found the answer – the Harris Tweed Handbag. In all shapes and sizes and an incredible range of colours – with key fobs, to wallets to handbags to laptop cases this is the perfect take home item. My advice is to check out The Jail Store at Dornoch or Inverness Airport.
Moray is home to Walkers Shortbread so definitely plan a trip to Aberlour for some of their world famous shortbread. If you enjoy Oatcakes make sure you put some of these in your basket.
Baxters another famous Highland Kitchen is based at Fochabers close to us and has a huge range of soups, jams and locally produced specialist foods. Add in some Cullen Skink and you are well away especially if you have been walking at Cullen. All created and produced here in Moray.
If you are planning on taking some Haggis home I have to recommend a quick trip to Dingwall for some prize winning Cockburns of Dingwall haggis. Not sure if you like it or not then try some at breakfast when you are here – this is one we serve here.
When you have experienced the best shopping in Moray and If you are driving South from here then you are probably driving past the House of Bruar. If you have missed anything and I mean anything at all you will find it here. This is the equivalent of Harrods in the Highlands! Make sure you have allowed enough time to reach your destination.