Activities in the UK and Europe
When staying in some of the most beautiful parts of the UK, an extremely enjoyable day or afternoon can be spent shopping and exploring some of the little villages, discovering the local treasures.
Whether the treasures are organic delicacies or ancient crafts made by the local resident from skills handed down over the centuries, it can be a great way to spend time and discover more about the local culture.
The House of Bruar in Perthshire, Scotland situated on the A9 near Blair Castle is famous for its wonderful collection of Scottish cashmere, tweeds and other woollens along with glamorous, warm outdoor clothing essential for any Scottish holiday.
There are many gifts that have been locally crafted that will delight the recipient along with a host of Scottish delicacies to be found in their mouth watering food hall.
If all this shopping produces a hunger or thirst, their restaurant serves delicious local fare and provides an ideal place to rest weary feet.
If you are a lover of cashmere, the Hawick Cashmere Company is still based in the old 19th century mill in Hawick in the heart of the Scottish Borders right next door to Hoscote House. In Scotland there are stores in Edinburgh, Hawick, Kelso and Gleneagles as well as London, Harrogate and Stow-on-the-Wold in England.
Tain Pottery in Ross-shire, Scotland situated just off the A9 is now firmly established as one of the largest Scottish ceramic manufacturers. They offer a range of products created by a traditional craft technique and skill. It is a fun place to visit and to buy some pottery by which to remember your visit to Scotland.
There are many arts and crafts that Ireland is famous for such as Waterford Crystal, Irish linen, Irish silver and jewellery. Wherever you are staying in Ireland it will be possible to spend some time visiting the local craft shops.
England has some wonderful antique shops which are well worth investigating to find the odd treasure that interests you particularly. The Cotswolds and Suffolk are steeped in history and there are many little treasure troves where you can while away the afternoon happily browsing.
As well as the local shops and treasure troves, there are also the big cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen in Scotland; London, Oxford and Cambridge (amongst others) in England and Dublin in Ireland which offer shopping on an International level and will cater for every need.