Christmas Shopping in the Scottish Borders


There are a lot of delightful shops in Lauder just down the road from Airhouses. If you are looking for gifts then try the following:

The Flat Cat GalleryBank HouseThe Spotty DogPowder GreyFor a great meal out there is the Firebrick Brasserie, also great for coffee and cake. Plus the Flat Cat Gallery for light lunches, coffee and cakes.


Make a day of it and go onto Melrose with its cobbled streets, cafes, restaurants and lots of interesting shops including a Book Shop, Antiques, Interiors, and gifts galore.

On the way, why not pop into Abbotsford for coffee and cake! The restaurant and gift shop are open all year as is the children's play area.


For another great day out, a trip to Kelso is well worth it. So many different shops - too many to mention - but click herefor more information. Again lots of cafes and restaurants but one we would recommend for lunch, or coffee and cake again, would be Floors Castle tearoom.

Out of Town

Woodside Plant Centre and Tearoom

Just off the A68 going south from Airhouses towards Jedburgh at Ancrum. Run by Emma this is a delightful garden centre with a great tearoom. The tearoom overlooks the bird feeding stations so you have a lovely view of lots of different garden birds while enjoying coffee and cake!

Born in the Borders

A little further on taking the road towards Hawick is Born in the Borders - again great for lunch, or coffee and cake! However, here you can also look round the brewery, browse the farm shop and enjoy walks along the river.

Back into Town

Galashiels has the larger shops such as M&S, Next, Tesco etc but it also have lots of little shops with a difference. A great place for lunch or an evening meal is the new Grapevine which changes its mood throughout the day - from a coffee house in the morning providing great coffee and patisserie to informal lunches. In the afternoon it is the place for afternoon tea or high tea (high tea is a Scottish tradition and is usually served late afternoon. It is more substantial than an afternoon tea but not as large as a full evening meal). In the evening the Grapevine is a Prosecco and Gin Bar with a superb restaurant.

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