Tartan is timeless. The iconic crisscross pattern fused with a myriad of colours has long been associated with Scotland. Not only has this plaid pattern graced many a catwalk, but it has also kept band members hip, punks hardcore, and those who want nothing to do with fashion, classic. A touch of tartan adds that extra spark to any outfit. Wear a little bit of Scottish culture and discover the best shops in Edinburgh for this tremendous pattern.
Looking for a luxurious tartan scarf? Head to Marchbrae. Since 1993, this clothing company has been gracing Edinburgh and beyond with the very best of Highland-esque dress. Distract your eyes from the wonderful array of cashmere and prepare to want every single scarf in there. Turn those gargantuan tartan wads of cloth into an epic scarf and pair it was a chic leather jacket. Alternatively, opt for a sleek look and don a smaller scarf with a classic Jaeger winter coat. Either way, no one can match Marchbrae in quality, luxury, or feel. Stock up on every clan’s plaid pattern and invest in the tie to match. Why not?
Marchbrae, 375 High St, Edinburgh, Scotland +44 131 225 8023
House Of Edinburgh
House Of Edinburgh is a great tartan go-to spot. From scarves to capes, sweaters, shirts, kilts, knitwear and cashmere, this popular tourist trap has it all. Speaking of tourists, let it be known that Scotland sports all four weather seasons in one day – be prepared. Grab that tartan brolly (umbrella) and blend in with the locals. One browse here will leave you dancing the Highland Fling.
House Of Edinburgh, 2 St Giles’ St, Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland +44 131 225 5178
James Pringle Weavers
Established in 1789, James Pringle is a trusty option for men’s tartan accents in Scotland. Cloaked in heritage, dive deep into this tartan ocean to find a myriad of sweaters, tartan socks, and plaid shirts. Those who want quintessential tartan staples without breaking the bank will be as happy as a haggis on Burn’s night. Go all out and stop here to purchase or rent a standard kilt too.
James Pringle Weavers, 371 High Street, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland +44 131 225 3212
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