A very nicely laid out shop with some stunning art work and lovely (if pricey porcelain) I did like this shop and the freedom to browse without any hard sell or stuffy staff. In fact the staff were very friendly - more interested in you as a person and where you were visiting from with absolutely no pressure to buy anything.
What to buy: If you like antiques and can afford the prices then opportunities to buy are endless. Jewellery, Furniture, China and Porcelain are all items to catch your eye. I did like the water colours and prints they had here and would be tempted to use their website for future shopping and safe delivery but I would have to save my pennies first.
What to pay: As you would expect nothing is cheap but precious things do come with a price tag.
The Gift Shop seems large from the view of the outside - which by the way is very pretty. Once inside however they seemed to have used every available space to show case their gifts. As a result it is pretty cramped and difficult to maneuver but easy to find what you are looking for.
What to buy: All sorts of everything can be bought here including children's' toys and clothing. They have a good range of cold drinks and snacks too. There main selling lines are what I would describe as tourist tat - but that is the reason these shops are popular. I did buy some postcards and some mineral water to drink in the square later.
What to pay: Prices are reasonable for a small town. If you are looking for gifts to take home check the goods carefully and avoid the tartan tat.
To be honest I was more interested in this building the shop was housed in than actually doing some shopping!! As the name suggest it was once the town jail and dates from around 1840. I loved its pepper pot turrets and 'castle appearance' The stepped gable roof has two crosses on the top, after I had down loaded the photos I notice the crosses both had seagulls perched on top! Check them out in photo 2. Inside the shop there are three floors with various goods on display including woman's and menswear, stoneware, jewellery and gifts. The top floor is worth a look to see the classy art gallery featuring work from local artists.
What to buy: Good quality Scottish Products are in abundance here including some lovely cashmere items. Check out their web site for more details and view the 'Highland Gallery' they offer a good on-line shopping experience with shipping to most parts of the world.
What to pay: I didn't buy anything but would consider using their on-line shopping. They sell quality not quantity so prices are rather steep.