Gold and scarlet leaves, Halloween sweets, crackling catherine wheels — autumn has an awful lot going for it. And of course, a seasonal shopping trip is essential for stocking up on cosy goods to see you through the cold months (whether that's a stylish scarf, spiced apple candle or tasty treats).
Luckily, the Scottish Borders is filled with fantastic options for an autumn shopping spree. So while you're holidaying here, why not break your piggy bank in the following shops...?
Stock up your autumn larder
Pear, ginger, pumpkin, nutmeg, caramel...autumn's flavours might just be the best of all. So maybe it's time to splurge on a few wee seasonal indulgences?
There are various great choices for an autumn foodie shop in the Borders. For fresh, local and seasonal produce, head to Hunters Quality Butchers and Delicatessen in Kelso; Fish & Fine Foods in Duns and Whitmuir organic farm shop in West Linton. And don't forget our own Airhouses Farm Shop, which stocks local jams, chutneys, cheeses, oils, apple juice and ice cream.
Next, it's time to indulge your sweet tooth in time for Halloween. Did you know that the Scottish Borders is actually famous for its sweets, with a history stretching back centuries? A few highlights include Moffat Toffee Shop, Cocoa Black Chocolate Boutique in Peebles and Simply Delicious in Melrose (where you can sample traditional Coulter's Candy). Finally, Borders Meringues in Jedburgh is a whimsical spot for treating yourself to one of the world's favourite confections.
And don't forget to stock up on tipsy treats for chilly evenings too. You don't get more autumnal than cider, so head to Beer Craft in Kelso to browse artisan choices (we recommend the local Saison Cider from Tempest Brewing). Or if grapey delights are more your thing, then why not purchase a nice oaky autumn red at Teviot Wines in Hawick?
Shop for comfy knitwear, cashmere and tweed
On the hunt for a cashmere sweater as soft as fairy silk, a cutesy woollen hat or a tasteful tweed handbag? Then the Scottish Borders is absolutely the best place to be.
That's because our region is a global capital of textile production, with the riverside town of Hawick being its main hub. There you will find Johnstons of Elgin, a specialist wool and cashmere producer that has been going strong since the 18th century. The outlet is filled with fine Scottish craftsmanship across a range of stylish clothing, accessories and homeware. You can also take a tour of the mill and enjoy a bite to eat in the coffee shop.
But you don't have to stop there. Also in Hawick is the iconic Pringle of Scotland, inventors of the Argyle sweater, and Teviotdale Mills, a country luxury tweed and cashmere brand. Plus don't forget to pop into Lovat Mill, one of Scotland's premier producers of tweed, and Hawico, which sells cashmere so luxurious that it features in Harvey Nichols.
Turn your home into a cosy haven
As soon as that first autumn chill enters the air, getting comfy indoors takes top priority. Suddenly, you have an impulse to spruce up your living space with soft textures, enticing smells and seasonal décor touches. So why not buy a few lovely homeware goods and accessories while holidaying in the Borders?
No.18 Gift Shop in Duns sells a range of home accessories and pamper items, including pretty mugs for drinking pumpkin spice lattes; candles for filling your home with soothing scents and body lotions for a bit of cold weather self-care. You can also shop for fashion items like bags, scarves and jewellery.
Over at Coldstream, you will find The Hirsel Arts and Crafts Centre, which sells unique glass, wood and metal creations by local artists. The Mole House in Kelso is also worth popping into for distinctive ceramics, pottery and lamps.
And let's not forget the charmingly named Buttonmoon, a family-run craft shop in Melrose. There you can find cute items for your home like quirky bird boxes, inspirational wall hangings and even the odd hand-carved hedgehog.
Buy books, glorious books
Autumn just isn't autumn without an enticing stack of books on your bedside table. Also, book shopping is a fun seasonal activity in itself — you can escape drizzly weather and browse shelves crammed with enticing volumes instead (then reward yourself with a hot chocolate afterwards).
One really good Borders bookshop is the award-winning Mainstreet Trading in the village of St. Boswells, which also has a cafe and deli. Or you could head to The Forest Bookstore in Selkirk, which is based in an atmospheric old courthouse.
And tucked away in a pretty courtyard off Peebles High Street is Whitie's Books and Crafts, which actually has roots stretching all the way back to 1791. Happy book browsing!
Planning an autumn escape to the Scottish Borders? Our luxury Airhouses lodges offer plenty of home comforts and stunning views of the Lammermuir Hills.
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