Are you searching for one-of-a-kind gifts, quirky jewellery, authentic clothes, toys and other unusual items while holidaying with your family in and around Coastal Kippford? Our article provides useful information about unique and non-high street shops in and around Kippford and further afield but still within Dumfries and Galloway.
Dumfries is the major town of the region of Dumfries and Galloway. It has its fair share of independent shops, mixed with a good selection of major high street names (on the high street unsurprisingly!) with others in Loreburne Shopping Centre, Barbours Department Store and some further afield at the Gretna Green Outlet Village.
But we’re not here to discuss the high street names, we’re here to give you the low down on the best independent shops you shouldn’t miss when you’re shopping in and around Kippford.
Founded in 1909, Monaghans Jewellers has been trading for more than a century. It is a family-run business renowned for its extensive range of diamond and gold jewellery. Make sure to visit their website for a full range of jewellery and pay them a visit if you desire at 4 Queensberry Square, Dumfries.
Sanquhar Pattern Designs
Drive through the Nith Valley to Sanquhar and you’ll find A’ the Airts on the High Street, next to the Tolbooth Museum. It’s a great place to browse unique Sanquhar Pattern goods, some of which are not sold anywhere else, as well as a wide range of creations from local crafters.
The undulating landscape of Dumfries and Galloway has bred a passion for the outdoors. Whether it’s walking or mountain biking, water sports or golf, there are specialist shops that can kit you out for all of these activities and the Scottish weather.
Kirkcowan Cycles is one such store, a family-run independent bike shop in Newton Stewart with years of cycling experience. It’s down the road from some of the best mountain biking trails in Britain and is just off National Cycle Route 7.
This children’s independent boutique in Dumfries showcases designer brands for all ages up to twelve years old with a great selection of high-quality baby and children’s clothing with matching accessories.
Opened in 2012 because the owner found it very difficult to find really nice individual clothes for her daughter, the store aims to offer ‘Something a Little Different’.
If you’re visiting Dalscone Farm Fun, or even if you’re passing that way out of season, Dalscone Toys, on the edge of Dumfries, is open all year round and is one of the largest toy shops in the region.
It boasts of being Scotland’s largest independent toy shop and in addition to the usual toys, they also sell many outdoor toys, like trampolines, outdoor playhouses, climbing frames and pedal cars.
If you happen to visit Castle Douglas with kids or just want to buy a present, don’t miss a chance to visit Jenny Wren Toys, Books and Games. This is a smaller scale shop, that offers something a little more unusual, niche and personal.
While travelling around Coastal Kippford, don’t miss your chance to visit the multiple gift shops, that sell gorgeous one-of-a-kind goods. One of them is The Ark Gift Shop. Less than a mile from Coastal Kippford, this shop offers coastal and country style gifts with a touch of Scotland. Here you can find anything from nautical items to local arts and crafts and children’s toys. Also on our doorstep is Barnbarroch Pottery specialising in a range of domestic earthenware.
Cinnamon is another amazing gift shop in Newton Stewart that sells a wide range of gift items including bespoke jewellery, textiles, photo frames and watches. Most of the items stocked are locally-produced or ethically-sourced from the developing world to support craftspeople there.
If you are looking for some affordable interior design solutions for your home, check out Tessera Interiors and Gifts in Castle Douglas. Here you will find anything from lamps, mirrors, clocks to soft furnishings, jewellery, glassware, china and photo frames. The shop also offers a wide variety of fabrics and wallpapers.
For some authentic presents, visit the Red Squirrel gift shop in Dalbeattie that also specialises in antique furniture and original works of art.
And finally, treat yourself and your family with amazing body care goods and other lovely things for your home at the Rhubarb shop, situated right opposite St Cuthbert’s Church in the harbour town of Kirkcudbright.
Another great place to visit for gifts or just for curling up with a good book, Wigtown is officially designated as Scotland’s National Book Town. Wigtown Book Festival offers more than 180 events each autumn.
There are some really fantastic independent shops near Kippford and all-around Dumfries and Galloway with many passionate people behind them too.
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Check out Holidays in Dumfries and Galloway – 25 Attractions To Visit for more information about places to see in Dumfries and Galloway.
Have fun exploring the South of Scotland!