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We are extremely fortunate to have a region where independent shops are king, and to have an area flowing with creativity through its talents in arts, crafts and textiles.

Let's take a moment to share a few of those special places with you...

Textiles & Cashmere

The small market towns of Hawick, Innerleithen, Peebles and Selkirk boast a proud textile heritage, and today their iconic brands grace the runways of fashion’s elite and the very best international boutiques, including Vivienne Westwood, Ralph Lauren, Burberry, Chanel and Louis Vuitton.  With 10 textile producers in the area encompassing everything from exceptional tweeds to finest quality cashmere, it provides visitors with a perfect excuse to stock up on luxury garments or simply some woolly socks! 

The Textile Trail offers not only a fascinating insight into its industrial heritage, but encompasses visitor centres and museums, as well as factory and retail outlets, including the superior Johnstons Cashmere, Lochcarron in Selkirk and the Hawick Cashmere Company.  If you are lucky enough to be in the Borders in December, a number of producers open their doors for some seriously impressive cashmere and knitwear sales - perfect for a spot of Christmas shopping ladies!   

Independent Shopping

Visit Kelso, Melrose, Peebles and Alnwick for its fabulous array of independent shops including gems like The Crafters in Melrose which brings new meaning to the word ‘crafts’.  From the stunning jackets and coats by Jane Hall of Pinkminis using the finest Tweed cloths available, to the copper and silver jewellery designs by Murdoch Kerse, the shop features some of the very best the area has to offer.  

Head to Selkirk for beautiful hand-blown tableware at Lindean Mill Glass or take a detour to the Kinsman-Blake Studio at Smailholm for its wonderful selection of ceramics, jewellery and silversmithing. The Hirsel at Coldstream is a centre for arts and crafts featuring ceramics, glassware, fine art, home accessories and jewellery - all handcrafted and made on site.  

Alternatively the Courtyard at the lovely forest location of Harestanes, near to Jedburgh features beautiful design work in glass, metal, wood, ceramics and textiles, including gorgeous bags in buttery soft leather by Caroline Marr of Cuero.

Right across the region you will find a wonderful range of shopping - from interiors and homestyle, arts and crafts, ladieswear and menswear, knitwear, country clothing, outdoor & field sports, delicious deli’s, and fine local produce.  In fact something to tempt just about everyone!

Here's a quick summary of Crabtree & Crabtree’s top picks!....

 


 

Kelso - A thriving picturesque town in a beautiful setting with Floors Castle on its doorstep.  Unique for its flemish-style cobbled square and diverse range of independent shops, including Tweed House and Focal Point for interiors; The Flower Room for beautiful flowers and gorgeous gifts, A Hume fine country clothing outfitters;  Honor Murray and Cloud Nine for gifts and homeware, as well as tackle shops, antique shops, boutique shopping and much more.

 


 

Hawick - home to the finest Scottish Cashmere and Knitwear.  Follow the Textile Trail for the very best the area has to offer including Johnstons Cashmere, Love Cashmere, Lovat Mill, and Peter Scott.  A super day out and some great deals to be had!

 


 

Peebles - a picturesque market town renowned for its fine independent shopping and wide range of contemporary and traditional art.  Look out for Inis for ladieswear; Le Petit Chambre and Time and Tide for gifts and homeware; Moy Mackay and Breeze for artworks; and KM Clothing for lifestyle and fine countrywear.

 


 

Melrose - an extremely pretty town with very smart boutique style shopping.  Try Michael Vee for interiors; Sarah Thomson or Twelve for ladieswear; italian shoes from Cobblers; Masons bookshop; flowers from Harpers; and The Country Kitchen for fine local produce.  Also home to the fabulous Borders Book Festival held each June - with a highly esteemed literary line-up, it's an event not to be missed.

 


 

Coldstream - A small but bustling town lying on the north bank of the River Tweed with a charming range of independent shops. Consider Abbey Ceramics; Calico House Interiors; The Hirsel for Arts & Crafts; Julia Linstead for glassworks; and the Coldstream Gallery for contemporary art, sculpture, ceramics and silverware.

 


 

Berwick-upon-Tweed - historic town with some stunning architectural features.  Shopping is a combination of small independent shopping and high street names.  For small and friendly, pay a visit to Danish Design for scandinavian-inspired gift and homeware; Pier Red for original art and prints; Tower House Pottery for ceramics; Jones and Jones for hampers, fine coffees and teas; and Serendipity for arts and crafts.

 


 

Alnwick - a medieval market town with narrow cobbled streets and an eclectic collection of individual shops.  Seek out Barter Books - ‘a book heaven’ with thousands of paperbacks, hardbacks and collector’s editions based in a beautiful former railway station; the Marilyn and Melrose Studio for antiques; The Chocolate Spa - luxury chocolate retailer and coffee shop; and the super Bakehouse Gallery showcasing the work of local artists and designers.

 


 

Edinburgh - whilst outwith the Borders and Northumberland area, we can’t possibly not mention the outstanding cultural city of Edinburgh!  An easy drive from most of our properties, you will find extensive shopping from designer names to high street stores and a vast range of independent shops.  Favourite spots include George Street for higher-end labels; The Royal Mile and Grassmarket for gifts, crafts and textiles; and Stockbridge, Morningside and Bruntsfield for a wonderful range of independent shopping.

 

Art Galleries

For original Artwork, there are a number of galleries in the area - the Breeze Gallery and Moy Mackay in Peebles, the Flat Cat Gallery in Lauder, The Art House in Kelso, the Coldstream GalleryAllanbank Arts Centre in Duns, The Design Room at Wooler, The Fenwick Gallery in Warkworth, and The Mick Oxley Gallery in Craster to name but a few. 

Don’t miss….

The ‘Crossing Borders’ Art Trail showcasing some of the best artists and craftmakers from the Borders and Northumberland. It will be exhibiting at various galleries and venues across the Region throughout the year. 

 

 


 

Johnstons of Elgin Cashmere


 

Jane Hall Pinkminis


 

Jane Hall Pinkminis
 

 

A Hume shop sign


 

Lovat Tweed, Made in Scotland label


 

The Crafters, Melrose, shop front


 

glassware


 

Edinburgh Grassmarket


 

Stone Wall Gallery