Best Locations for Winter Shopping in Scotland

22 November 2016

Edinburgh German Market

When the temperature begins to drop it’s essential to keep warm by finding the nearest shopping centre! If you’re visiting Scotland during the winter, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the variety of top shopping locations to choose from. Whether you’re planning to start your Christmas shopping early or you simply want to treat yourself to a winter shopping spree, let LHH Scotland help you plan your break with our guide to the top shopping locations in Scotland.



It’s no surprise that Scotland’s capital city is home to a fantastic array of boutiques and high street shops. There are few other shopping streets as picturesque as Princes Street. Here you’ll find a range of high street shops overlooked by Edinburgh’s majestic castle. When it gets closer to Christmas, Princes Street Gardens is transformed into a winter wonderland complete with a German market and funfair. If you’re looking for unique Christmas gifts, the German market is a treasure trove of quirky arts and crafts gift ideas.

Don’t worry if you’re too early for the German market, you’ll find plenty of Scottish themed Christmas presents on the Royal Mile or, venture onto Multrees Walk for designer brands like Louis Vuitton and Burberry.

If you’re planning to visit Edinburgh during the winter, we recommend staying at the Edinburgh Coach House which is just a short walk from Princes Street. This picturesque hideaway has its own private parking and a pretty walled garden for your own personal enjoyment.



When people think about shopping in Scotland the Highlands isn’t the first place that springs to mind but, if you venture into the City of Inverness you’ll discover well-known high street brands and local boutiques set against a dramatic a Highland landscape.

Inverness is the ideal location for those who want to explore Scotland’s famous Highland scenery one day then treat themselves to a shopping spree the next. The huge variety of local clothing boutiques and independent arts and crafts galleries makes this region perfect for those who are looking for one-off finds and unique gift ideas. Head to the Victorian Market which dates back to 1890s, for a variety of speciality shops that you won’t find anywhere else in the world! During the winter this historic building is transformed into a magical winter market complete with fairy lights and dazzling Christmas decorations.

LHH Scotland has a fantastic range of self-catering accommodation near Inverness. All of our holiday houses are located in areas of exceptional natural beauty so you can experience some of the best landscapes that this stunning region has to offer. Why not stay at Cotterton which is just a 10 minute drive from Inverness? This popular holiday house is nestled in the scenic Highland countryside, close to distilleries, golf courses and wildlife parks. When you stay at Cotterton you can enjoy the accommodation’s large private garden that comes complete with mature fruit trees, a kitchen herb garden and a barbecue.



Aberdeen is known for being one of the top shopping destinations thanks to the fantastic mix of large shopping centres and small independent retailers all within walking distance of each other.

During your trip to Aberdeen, you can start your day by exploring over 60 shops in the newly opened Union Square shopping centre, the city’s newest and largest shopping centre! Afterwards, take a short walk to the Merchant Quarter to discover a diverse range of independent boutiques and cafés. When you’re strolling along Aberdeen’s vibrant shopping streets, look out for contemporary jewellery stores and art galleries where you can pick up unique pieces from local designers and artists.

If you’re visiting Aberdeen over Christmas don’t miss the popular Winter Festival Market, one of the largest Christmas markets in Scotland. This international street market hosts over 70 stalls with food, arts and crafts, gardening supplies and so much more from Scotland, France, Belgium, Italy and Spain.

LHH Scotland’s holiday houses in Aberdeenshire are ideal for exploring Aberdeen and the surrounding area. Why not stay at Cardhu, a converted watermill in the stunningly scenic Forres area of Aberdeenshire? This holiday house is ideal for those who want to experience everything this diverse region has to offer from outdoors activities in the surrounding countryside and beaches, to Aberdeen’s lively shopping streets.

Start planning your winter shopping break today! Browse LHH Scotland’s hand-selected range of self-catering accommodation in Scotland to find your perfect holiday house today.

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