Scottish Apprenticeship Week – Auryn’s Story

Auryn Modern Apprentice

Around this time last year we were approached by Intec College to see if we would be interested in taking on a Modern Apprentice.  As a small company it was quite a thought to take on a 16 or 17 year old with no work experience whatsoever who would need plenty of structure and looking… Continue reading

Colour me tartan – May is all about Tangerine

Tartan Tangerine

Burst into May! Our colour of the month is Tangerine. Described by Interior Designer Carole King as “Fruity and zesty, tangerine can add a freshness to muddy or earthy colour schemes. Best used in small areas as an accent, it has the same effect as a vase of fresh flowers. It will draw the eye and… Continue reading

Why is the Bagpipe so important to Scotland?

Bagpiper in Piccadilly Circus

A recent BBC two documentary series, “Phil Cunningham’s Pipe Dream” combined with a wonderful conversation with a customer looking for the perfect tartan fabric to re-cover his beloved pipes inspires our latest blog. Phil Cunningham’s Pipe Dream was a surprisingly informative and entertaining series in which Phil (Scottish folk musician and composer) follows his dream to… Continue reading

Tartans link to the Military

Lori proudly wearing her Ancient Ross Tartan Bolero Jack

Tartan has always had an incredibly strong link to the military, and I have always been intrigued to find out the origins of this link having had family in the military and working with tartan daily.  I soon realised that tracking down these origins would be much trickier than originally thought. In 1969, W.A. Thorburn… Continue reading

29 Years of Tartan Day

Scotland Run for Tartan Week

Now as a runner I am a little concerned about the pain of running through Central Park in a pair of Highland Dancing shoes but what a way to kick off Tartan Week in New York! Did you know that Tartan Day actually originated in Canada not New York City? To give you the history… Continue reading

Country Living Spring Fair 2015 – The Round Up

Country Living Basket

Emily posted to tell you all about the ScotlandShop trip to the Country Living Spring Fair last week and I thought I would follow this up with a round up of the highlights for us. We had a great week and met so many lovely people, customers and other stand holders, Ali went on the… Continue reading

ScotlandShop Exhibit at Country Living Magazine Spring Fair

Country Living 6

This week we are very excited to be exhibiting at Country Living Magazine Spring Fair held at the Business Design Centre in Islington.  The exhibition began earlier today and runs until Sunday 22nd March. We can be found at found at Stand M46 on the Mezzanine floor. The Fair is all about simple pleasures: things to make, cakes… Continue reading

Red Nose Days Golf Outing

Golf Red Nose Day

Today we celebrate Red Nose Day, the highlight of Comic Relief’s ongoing appeal. Comic Relief was founded in 1985 by Richard Curtis and Lenny Henry, originally set up in response to famine in Ethiopia. The appeal now helps many charities designed to help young people, old people and very poor areas. Red Nose day involves… Continue reading

125 years of The Forth Rail Bridge

Forth Bridge

On 4th March 1890 the steel cantilever bridge designed by John Fowler was formally opened by the Prince of Wales who went on to become Kind Edward VII. The Prince placed the final Golden Rivet and with this declared the bridge open. The bridge spans the Firth of Forth and begins nine miles from Edinburgh… Continue reading

Scottish Chinese New Year

Red Envelope

Chinese New Year is a very important festival celebrated at the beginning of the Chinese Calendar, and as the Chinese calendar is lunisolar, the celebration is also often referred to as the Lunar New Year. Chinese New Year is considered a major holiday for the Chinese and for other countries and territories with significant Chinese… Continue reading