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A splendid social affair woven tightly into the cultural fabric, Scotland’s many markets provide a wondrous showcase of local produce, arts, crafts and vintage fashion. If you’re a self-confessed bargain hunter or are looking for ways to shop local, have a rummage through our guide to the best Scottish markets.
A well-orchestrated gathering, the Aberdeen Country Fair springs up in the centre of the city on the last Saturday of every month. Swing by anytime from 9am to 5pm and peruse the insane number of stalls, each set up with care under the cover of gazebos. The tribe of local producers are forever on hand to tempt and spark interest with a range of fresh meat, fish, cheese, craft beer, fancy spirits, home baking, arts, crafts and jewellery.
Make a point of browsing the Kelso Farmers Market if in or around Kelso on the fourth Saturday of the month. Trust us, it’s worth it! A foodies playground, the range of organic pork, veggies, pedigree Aberdeen Angus beef, home baking, bread and eggs amalgamates to a truly epic feast. Set in Kelso Square, expect critically acclaimed fare from the Scottish Borders.
Loch Lomond Shores Farmers Market is the mothership in a galaxy of top-notch Scottish markets. Between the usual suspects of sinfully indulgent cheeses, homemade jams, macarons, chutneys, oils, shortbread and artisanal breads to seasonal stock like specific veggies, rare breed meats, certain seafood and more, the whole spectacle is finely tuned and quite frankly fabulous. Welcomed wildcards include waffles, churros, street food, cold process soaps, fudge and Bratwurst, to name a few. With an emphasis on seasonal and a penchant for artisanal, in tandem with the striking location, Loch Lomond takes the biscuit.
Adding another precious stone onto Perth’s already resplendent market crown, Fair City Markets are magnets for Up Cyclers, knick-knack seekers and serial shoppers on a mission to shop local. These sporadic markets entice with towering selections of seasonal goodies, which can mean anything from plants and shrubs, to trees, Christmas decorations, arts and crafts, gifts, paintings, ceramics and of course food and drink. The beauty of these mixed fairs lies in the surprise.
Brought to us by The Vintage Vendors, keep checking the calendar for A Spoonful Of Vintage, a vintage fair of unrivaled proportions tailor-made for fashion fiends. These seasonal markets cover all retro grounds from fashion and homewares, to accessories, ceramics and even furniture. Naturally, all the memorable decades are paraded around the fair like a fusion of flashbacks longing to relive their glory days.
The moment December descends upon Edinburgh, the entire city transforms into a true winter wonderland, made all the merrier by the European Christmas Market. This annual festive market welcomes the crème de la crème of producers, artisans, craftspeople and foodie aficionados from far and near to put on a spread fit for a king. Lashings of mulled wine and adult hot chocolate complement the never-ending assortment of sausages and cured meats. Similarly, the Belgian chocolate fondue delights are best appreciated while ogling at the selection of authentic German Christmas ornaments. Expect anything and everything!