Gordon Castle Estate, Fochabers, Speyside

It was my privilege to visit Gordon Castle Estate and the Gordon Lennox family, under whose stewardship, the highland estate of some 450 acres, is a growing business. Gordon Castle has been remodeled as a unique, exclusive use venue, located outside the picturesque Highland town of Fochabers in … [Read more...]

Peppy Miller, Edinburgh

I would like to make a short but worthwhile mention of a fantastic little find in Edinburgh. Peppy Miller, which we came upon literally, in the passing, is a fabulous little ladies boutique, situated down a dead corner within the St James Centre. With a small but worthwhile collection of ever … [Read more...]

Poppies Garden Centre, Gift Shop and Shore Side Tea Room, Oban

You could be mistaken for thinking that Poppies is merely a small garden nursery, and with a fairly well hidden entrance which is easy to miss, you could also be mistaken for thinking that it would be a fairly quiet, little place. Not so, Poppies is absolutely delightful and very well patronised – … [Read more...]

Purdies, Oban

A gorgeous little shop with Oban Bay frontage, Purdies really is a must for west coast visitors, not least of all due to the fact that a unique “Argyll and Inveraray” range is marketed by this very Scottish soap company. Additional outlets and a thriving online trade are proving to be a winner … [Read more...]

The Girls’ Day Out Show 2011, Glasgow

A “Girls Day Out”.....shopping, lunch, beauty treatments, chatter and ample champagne perhaps? Imagine all of the stereotypical traits of a great GDO rolled into one and there you have it – the “Girls Day Out 2011” at the SECC Glasgow. Offering the added attraction of all being under one roof, … [Read more...]

The Centre, Livingston

An unexpected revelation in Livingston is The Centre, one truly heavenly experience for retail addicts and not too far from Edinburgh, making it a viable alternative to city centre shopping. Expansive and housing all the major retail names as well as some smaller boutiques, The Centre is all … [Read more...]

House of Bruar, Perthshire

Frankly speaking, I am in the fortunate position of living a considerable distance away from House of Bruar; otherwise, I fear, my visits to this retail heaven, would be much too frequent. House of Bruar, albeit resting in rural Perthshire, so to speak and literally just off the main A9 access … [Read more...]

Nevis Sports Aviemore

Nevis Sports promotes itself as the UK’s premier outdoor sports store; an arduous task considering the vast competition in this field and additionally the array of online shops selling the same gear. Nevis Sports however, in my opinion, stands out from the crowd with regard to exceptional customer … [Read more...]

Smokehouse Gallery, Eyemouth

An unassuming backstreet location, certainly gives nothing away of this hidden gem and relatively unknown little gallery, filled to the rafters with unique pieces of art, ceramics, hand-made jewellery and little artefacts; all by local artists. Each turn within the small shop reveals another … [Read more...]