The best picnics in Scotland

Scottish picnic and tartan rugSpring and easter always spell the start of picnic season. It may not seem like it when you look out of the window just now with a wet start to spring in Scotland but we are optimists and basic kit is a good set of waterproofs and a tartan umbrella so nothing can stop us!  There are so many fantastic places for a picnic and most families have a special place they like to go, whether it’s for the peace and quiet, a beautiful view, or a stream for the kids to play in.
We are based in the eastern Scottish Borders and if it’s not Coldingham beach then a walk along the Southern Upland Way from Lauder to Longformacus means you can stop at the Twin Law Cairns above Westruther to see if anyone left you some Kendal Mint Cake in the box, or get out of the wind and sit tucked behind the wood to eat your sarnies.
A few years ago Warburton’s ran a competition and the public voted for their favourite picnic spot in Scotland. One place has won three years in a row which must make it a very special location.  The secret of Loch an Eilein at Rothiemurcus is in it’s name meaning “loch of the island” with its 13th century castle sat right on a little island in the loch.  The Rothiemurchus Estate, near Aviemore, lies between the peaceful river Spey and the spectacular Cairngorm Mountains, and part of the attraction of a picnic there is all the other things there are to see and do. The Estate is home to the largest native forest in the UK so you are never short of a route to explore through the trees and there are lots of other activities is rambling is too sedate for your family.

The ten Scottish competing picnic sites were the winning Rothiemurchus, near Aviemore; Culzean Castle, Ayrshire; Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute;Kirriemuir Camera Obscura; Point of Buckquoy, Birsay, Orkney; Highland Safaris Picnic in a mountain bothy -  Tarmigan Mountain Range, Perthshire; St Abbs Head – National Nature Reserve; Luskentyre Beach, Isle of Harris; Eshaness, Shetland; Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh

So what do you need for the perfect picnic? It will of course have to be full of Scottish specialities so how about some Scottish smoked salmon sandwiches or oatcakes with Crowdie cheese or a Mull of Kintyre cheddar? And swap the champagne for some of our favourite Thistly Cross cider made the farmhouse way in East Lothian.  Or if you want it cheap and cheerful then a Scotch pie and a bottle if Irn Bru is just as good! So then all you need is a waterproof backed picnic rug or a traditional tartan rug to sit on and at least if it get’s chilly you can wrap yourself up in it to keep warm!

Pride of Scotland tartan creations

Pride of Scotland Bolero with DoddieWe do love it when customers send in photos of what they have done with their tartan and this smart bolero jacket made in the Pride of Scotland Ancient tartan just looks fab. The Pride tartans have lovely shades of blue and purple whether you go for the strong royal blue of the Pride of Scotland Modern or the more subtle light blue of the Pride of Scotland Ancient. If you like a little more green then the Pride Highland is the one for you. We are so inspired by Isobel’s jacket that we are going to design our own version and it is already on the cutting table. Watch this space!

Good to see tartan fan Doddie Weir in the background too wearing another ScotlandShop creation. The yellow and black Barclay Dress Modern tartan will be due an outing in a couple of weeks time for the Melrose Sevens. Doddie is usually in the commentary box now he has retired from the pitch so tune in on 12th April to hear his dulcit tones reporting on the work famous Melrose Rugby Sevens tournament which takes place just half an hour away from the ScotlandShop offices. The bosses husband used to play for Melrose Rugby team so we will be cheering on the boys in black and yellow as having won the RBS Premiership last weekend they go for the double. Go on boys you know you can do it!Pride of Scotland Ancient Bolero

Paloma Faith top to toe in tartan

Paloma Faith top to toe in tartan Paloma Faith is looking very good in tartan for the new video for her single Can’t Rely on You. Dressed top to toe in the fabulous red Stewart Royal tartan she wears a full suit, shirt, jacket and trousers as she performs from her own kitchen. The backing group are also sporting matching tartan and we love that little sleeveless top. Very like our  Round Neck Tailored Tartan Top in fact! So if you fancy re-creating Paloma’s style then you know where to come. Stewart Royal is her favourite but you can have yours in any tartan you like. Contact us if you are overwhelmed with choice!

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games tartan now in stock

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games tartan We are delighted to introduce the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games tartan and a great range of products now available from stock. If you are looking for a memento of the Games or a full team kit then we are here to help.

This 21st century tartan which will be a defining part of the fabric of the Commonwealth Games this summer. The tartan was designed by Aamir Mehmood from Shawlands Academy as part of a countrywide competition to design a tartan for the Games. The school was chosen as the launch venue as a tribute to the tartan’s teenage designer Aamir, a 15-year-old Shawlands Academy pupil, beat thousands of young people from across Scotland with his winning design which was created using Glasgow 2014’s brand colours. Aamir said he incorporated blue, yellow, white and red to represent Scotland’s national colours. In addition he used a green landscape to demonstrate the fact that 75% of Shawlands Academy is bilingual and around 50 different languages are spoken in his school.

Along with standard products such at tartan ties, scarves and caps in the Commonwealth Games tartan we can of course custom make anything for you. You can even buy the fabric and make yourself some curtains or cover your sofa with it! If you need any help or want something made that is not listed on the website just get in touch as we do love a challenge.

Women’s Health Mad about Plaid in March

Women's Health March 2014 Cover Mad about PlaidWomen's Health March Mad About Plaid CoverageWomen's Health March Plaid CoverageWomen's Health March Tartan Trench CoatWomen's Health March Kilt Coverage We are delighted to be featured in the Women’s Health Mad about Plaid article this month.  The March issue has the very Scottish backdrop of castles and a fine white horse but as Amelia Jean Jones so rightly points out “Tartan isn’t just for public schoolboys and Johny Rotten, you know. It’s also this season’s sharpest trend.”  Our tartan trench coat is pictured in the Patriot Modern tartan and that looks like the bold colours of the Bruce of Kinnaird tartan used by Vivienne Westwood for the other jacket.
The feature gives some great advice on how to wear your tartan depending on your shape.  Construction and fabric expert Marjorie Baker  says prints can be more forgiving on shaplier bodies and pear shapes and “The key with plaid is to look for the dominant horizontal line.” Even with a busy print like the Westwood jacket pictured above the cream line from top to bottomw keeps the shape streamlined. She advises “Go for a linie at least an inch thick – anything finer won’t stand out.”  Fab article and good advice for all those dreaming of a tartan outfit. Call us if you need any help.

Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton in Black Watch Tartan Coat

Kate Middleton Black Watch Tartan JacketDuchess of Cambridge in tartan coatKate Middleton Cream Coat and Tartan WrapThe Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton was looking as glorious as ever as she attended the Royal Family’s annual church service at Sandringham on Christmas day. She started out in a simple, tailored cream coat with a dark red tartan check wrap, swapping this for a very elegant Black Watch tartan coat dress designed by Alexander McQueen. A green Gina Foster hat topped off the outfit as Kate and Prince William looked very much the happy young parents waving and stopping to chat to well wishers.
We already have a stylish Tartan Trench Coat which you can have made in the Black Watch tartan to match Kate’s style but watch this space as we are bringing out some new designs for Autumn Winter 2014/15.

Fabulous Magazine don kilts for the Highland Fling

Fabulous Magazine Tartan Mini Kilts December 2013Fabulous Highland Fling Tartan December 2013 A misty, sultry atmosphere is the backdrop for the December issue of Fabulous magazine featuring our Scotland Forever tartan mini kilt. Their Highland Fling feature shows off yet another way of wearing your tartan, layered and grungy photographed on a stunning wild landscape typical for Scotland.

The tartan mini kilt is a fashion must have this winter and we have so many tartans to choose from. Scotland Forever with it’s blues and purples is typically Scottish heathery hues and one of our biggest selling tartans. We have over 500 tartans so if you have a family connection then we are sure to have your clan colours. For those you don’t have Scottish Heritage tartans like the Scotland Forever, Stewart Royal, Black Watch, Scottish National and Patriot tartans can be worn by anyone. Or use our tartan finder to explore different colour combinations and find your perfect tartan.


Create the Clueless tartan look

Cher, Dionne and Tai from Clueless can teach us a thing or two about how to wear tartan. The girls may hail from Beverley High but their love of tartan is unshakeable so we are sure there must be some Scottish blood in there somewhere. The most important thing the Clueless cast demonstrate is that you can wear your tartan day and night, go totally overboard and dress head to toe in tartan without looking ridiculous, co-ordinate your tartan with your friend (“matchy matchy” as Alicia Silverstone and Brittany Murphy call it). Be fearless is the message. Be bold and wear your tartan with no uncertainty and you can carry off any style. Go on you know you want to!
Dionne and Cher from Clueless in tartanHow much tartan can the Clueless cast wearThe star of Clueless is tartan

Strictly Come Dancing Dave Myers and Karen Dressed to Kilt in tartan

Hairy Biker Dave Myers Dressed to Kilt in tartan on StrictlyStrictly Come Dancing Dave Myers in tartanStrictly Come Dancing does tartanDave Myers may not be the greatest dancer on this series of Strictly Come Dancing but he did look fabulous in his tartan kilt and tweed waistcoat last night. Dave Myers and Karen Hauer wore the Stewart Royal tartan and danced the tango to the Proclaimer’s famous “I would walk 500 miles”. Dave was heavily criticised for his performance but maintained his usual upbeat humour and said he had tried his best and enjoyed his Dressed to Kilt theme. We can’t claim the glory for having made the kilt but we can of course make you one just like it!

Cosmopolitan Magazine does the Highland Fling with tartan for December

Cosmopolitan Tartan for December 2013Cosmopolitan December 2013 Highland Fling CoverageOur latest piece of coverage in Cosmopolitan Magazine is truly magnificent. A fantastic depiction of tartan in a traditional setting dressed up in a very non-traditional way. This kind of article just shows that key tailored pieces mixed in with unexpected colours and accessories can make a fabulous outfit. Go on we dare you to try it!
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