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Chilled afternoon tea and Christmas shopping at National Galleries of Scotland

It’s worth remembering that there’s an oasis of tranquility on Princes Street in Edinburgh. Hard to believe in the run up to Christmas but the National Galleries of Scotland is a calm retreat from the demented streets of the city centre.  Forget the bunfight in the retail hell elsewhere; instead enjoy Christmas shopping in both of the National Galleries’ stores. There’s the shop near the Princes Street entrance which has

Aelder, a new Scottish liqueur made from elderberries

Two inventive Scottish guys have avoided the crowded gin market and turned their attention to neglected Scottish liqueurs. Rupert Waites and Tom Chisholm have created Aelder – a rich liqueur made from wild elderberries, a range of botanicals and whisky. Instead of passing the port after dinner, diners can pass this lighter Scottish alternative. Still complex in flavour,  the subtle addition of whisky counterbalances the sweetness of the elderberries, and,

Shop local in Dunfermline this Christmas!

It may be a tad smaller than Liberty’s of London or Saks in New York, but Art Room 59‘s beautifully styled, festive window display is Dunfermline’s own signal that the Christmas shopping season is well and truly underway. Owner Ruth Walls always has a fantastic range of present ideas at this time of year so it is a great place to start ticking things off your list. Unique present ideas,

Dunfermline’s Annual Fresh Air Festival coming soon!

One of Fife’s best free events, the Fresh Air Festival will take place on Saturday 27 May in Dunfermline’s Public Park. The free entry event is part of an ongoing drive to celebrate and promote the Public Park, led by Jim Stewart of the Central Dunfermline Community Council. Among many improvements to date have been new lighting, art installations and signage and the team have recently secured the go ahead

New vintage shop in Falkland, Fife

In April 2017, Lisa Irving opened a new vintage shop called Vintage Quine in the historic village of Falkland. With more space in her new location than her old premises in Newburgh (pictured at top) she is stocking vintage homewares, clothes for women and men, as well as furniture upcycled with Annie Sloan paint.  Her inspiration came from the Outlander series which is filmed in Falkland and features characters in

First class service from new Aberdour Post @ Pantry

At a time when much larger Dunfermline struggles to sustain interesting independent shops and nearby Burntisland is in the process of replacing its pet store with a vape shop, Aberdour seems to be on a roll with an impressive array of unique, high quality outlets. Joining the new Aberdour Bakery, the well established MacTaggarts Deli and a selection of vintage and interiors shops, is a new, innovative post office/deli combo

New Campbells bake school in Crieff

With seven generations of baking heritage to draw on Campbells in Crieff is starting a bake school. Established in 1830, Campbells is one of Scotland’s oldest bakeries. headed up by seventh generation award winning baker Iain Campbell and his wife Ailsa, a graphic designer. The school will offer a series of three and a half hour long tuition sessions on Saturday afternoons with Iain at the helm, covering traditional sweet

Piccadilly Lilly, clothes & jewellery shop in Elie, Fife

A Christmas tree dress is such a simple but clever idea for this window display at Elie shop Piccadilly Lilly.  Mia Gonzalez-Noda, who opened the shop in July 2016, has friend and stylist Bridget Sneddon from Through the Looking Glass Events,  to thank for the window display. Since the age of 21, Mia, now 41 had wanted to own a clothes shop. With two young children it was the 70

Fife Farm Shop, Inverkeithing

Fife Farm Shop, Inverkeithing Pia Gradaus decided to open the Fife Farm Shop, Inverkeithing in July 2016. Inspired by the Fife Diet, she co-founded the Inverkeithing Food Group two years ago, and that experience led her to the shop idea. Originally from Germany, she settled in Scotland after studying at the University of Edinburgh and became a qualified paralegal after a variety of jobs including building fences in the north

We Are Amused host pop up shop at Kirkcaldy Galleries

Scottish duo We Are Amused, launch a pop up shop at Kirkcaldy Galleries this weekend.  One half Duncan of Jordanstone textile graduate, one half lawyer-turned-interior designer, Susan Warner and Donna Caira aim to bridge the gap between art and interior design with their range of bold typographical prints. The shop is open for business from 10am-4pm on Friday and Saturday and 12pm-4 pm on Sunday. You can find out more