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Where to buy woolen/cashmere items?

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Where to buy woolen/cashmere items?

Are there any outlets/factory stores to buy traditonal Scottish woolen products? I don't want to pay top dollar on the Royal Mile or Princes Street obviously, but I'm sure there must be places where a typical Scot shops for these things. Any places in Edinburgh, Stirling, Fort William, Dufftown and Deeside areas thereabouts would be great! Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

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1. Re: Where to buy woolen/cashmere items?

This is our local shop but it may not be in your itinerary.

http://www.antartexvillage.co.uk/

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2. Re: Where to buy woolen/cashmere items?

If you are in the Dufftown area you may want to pop along to Elgin

http://www.johnstonscashmere.com/

Woody x

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3. Re: Where to buy woolen/cashmere items?

going north on the A9 check

House of Bruar (just north of Blair Atholl)

very good selection of cashmere & scottish goods, pricey

but well worth a stop if only for the food halls.

they also have a 'bargain shed' which is not to be missed.

sometimes cashmere is half price and not half bad......

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4. Re: Where to buy woolen/cashmere items?

Hi,

Not a factory outlet type place, but if I was looking for woolen or cashmere I would go to Marks and Spencers and John Lewis. Branches in Edinburgh, and Glasgow...

Abs :-)

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5. Re: Where to buy woolen/cashmere items?

The last time I went to Hawick - admittedly a few years ago - there were a number of factory outlets that sold quality woollens at much better prices than you could get in Edinburgh.

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6. Re: Where to buy woolen/cashmere items?

re: Harwick

When you say Hawick, sounds like you are talking about the town of Hawick. I found a Hawick Cashmere of Scotland online too.

I did a quick lookup and I see a town of Hawick in the Borders, which won;'t be an option.

I see a Edinburgh store of Hawick located in Grassmarket, which is an option.

re: Johnston's

Thanks, Woody. That might be the ticket. I like the idea of a tour of a wollen mill. Never been to one, but used to work in a converted woolen mill in the US (actually the largest in the US at one time). Gives me an excuse to see the Cathedral in Elgin too.

re: Marks and Spencers and John Lewis

These are department stores? Would this be like a visit to Jenners? More/less upscale? We'll look up the locations in Edinburgh.

re: House of Bruar

I've seen that mentioned many times, sounds like an operation. Not sure the schedule will allow a stop, real tight that day.

Thanks all!

Kevin & Jane

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7. Re: Where to buy woolen/cashmere items?

Marks and Spencers (or "M&S", or "Marks and Sparks") and John Lewis are 'middle-class' department stores. M&S is mainly clothing and food, whereas John Lewis doesn't do food but does all manner of clothing, cosmetics, household and sporting items. Neither is as special or upscale as Jenners. Both are more for everyday shopping than tourism destinations. If you went to either for cashmere or wool, you would truly be shopping like a local!

Abs :)

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8. Re: Where to buy woolen/cashmere items?

Boring I know but the shop called The Edinburgh Woollen Mill which has branches throughout Scotland often has cashmere and woollens at reduced prices. There is one in Aviemore Kev.

W x

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9. Re: Where to buy woolen/cashmere items?

Shops selling woollens in Scotland split neatly in two: high quality cashmere at high prices (Jenners, specialist shops in Edinburgh and elsewhere); mediocre quality at low prices (Edinburgh Woollen Mill and other tourist shops). What you really want, I suggest, is decent quality at a reasonable price. Such mid market shops seem to have gone out of business in recent years, particularly in readily accessible places like Edinburgh.

Marks and Spencer might be a good bet - variable quality but some good stuff, as well as the better produce in some of the shops on the High Street or George Street in Edinburgh

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10. Re: Where to buy woolen/cashmere items?

"Traditional Scottish Woollen Products" either means tourist tat or top end with very little in the middle as most Scots don't wear "Traditional Scottish Woollen Products".

For really good quality I would try a shop like Bill Baber on the Grassmarket