Top Choice Ceramics in Tongue to Durness

Lotte Glob Ceramic Studio

Amid the harsh beauty of the coastline, it's quite a surprise to come across this beautifully designed modern 'sculpture croft', where the resident artist takes inspiration from the sea and landscapes. Her pieces (p…
Top Choice Books in Stockbridge

Golden Hare Books

Independent bookshops don’t get lovelier than this. The Golden Hare boasts an top-notch selection of 'beautiful, unusual and interesting books', an enchanting children’s nook, and a small but perfectly formed events…
Top Choice Books in Fort William

Highland Bookshop

As well as a good selection of fiction and children's books, this shop stocks a superb range of outdoor-related books and maps covering climbing, walking, cycling, canoeing and other subjects. The upstairs lounge of…
Top Choice Clothing in Merchant City

Mr Ben

This cute place is one of Glasgow's best destinations for vintage clothing, with a great selection of brands like Fred Perry, as well as more glam choices and even outdoor gear.
Market in East End

The Barras

Glasgow’s legendary weekend flea market, the Barras on Gallowgate, is a fascinating mixture of on-trend openings and working-class Glasgow. Genuine old stalls flogging time-faded glasses, posters and DVDs that you'd…
Arts & Crafts in East End

Barras Art & Design

This workshop zone for artists and designers in the heart of the Barras has helped pep up the area and bring a new wave of folk in. It's a lovely covered courtyard with a bar, cafe and restaurant, as well as pop-up …
Vintage in Old Town


Armstrong’s is an Edinburgh fashion institution (established in 1840, no less), a quality vintage-clothes emporium offering everything from elegant 1940s dresses to funky 1970s flares. As well as having retro fashio…
Vintage in East End

Randall's Antique & Vintage Centre

This is a real treasure trove of the once loved, the tacky, the tawdry, the magnificent and the curious from the not-so-recent past. It's an excellent set-up with several sellers and a top spot to browse. Don't take…
Clothing in Duirinish & Waternish

Shilasdair Yarns

The couple who run this place, a few miles north of Stein, moved to Skye in 1971 and now raise sheep, hand-spin woollen yarn, and hand-dye a range of wools and silks using natural dyes. You can see the dyeing proce…
Market in Stockbridge

Stockbridge Market

On Sunday the local community's focus is Stockbridge Market, set in a leafy square next to the bridge that gives the district its name. Wares range from fresh Scottish produce to handmade ceramics, jewellery, soaps …