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?
Prepare for plaid paradise and delight in Jamie Scotts Millshop. Amid the sea of different coloured kilts, plethora of plaid pens, and tacky tartan towels, lays a maze of cosy Scottish knitwear and tweed too. This place is so Scottish that it would make Braveheart proud. Desperate for those Harris Tweed slippers? You know where to go. In all seriousness, this may be a small shop, but it has a smashing selection of tweed and tartan on tap.
Those who have a genuine interest in how tartan is made, should look no further than Tartan Weaving Mill. Witness the whole tartan production process – from the shearing of sheep to creating a kilt – and explore the five impressive storeys of this enchanting place. This space, which is now run by Geoffrey Tailor Kiltmaker, is in the same building that used to be the main water supply for the occupants of the Royal Mile. Delve deep into the inner weavings of tartan, get a snapshot of you in true Highland dress, and leave with a bunch of Scottish related goodies.
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.
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.