The Scottish Borders is one of the knitwear capitals of the world and a treasure trove of cosy clothing.
Whether you're looking for a tartan souvenir for a loved one or an elegant cashmere sweater for yourself, there are plenty of first class outlets in our region. Here are a few of the very best...
Johnstons of Elgin
Perched on the River Lossie, the Johnstons of Elgin mill has been creating wool and cashmere clothing as far back as the 18th century. Combining fine Scottish craftsmanship with fibres gathered from herding communities across the world (including Mongolia, Afghanistan and Peru), this is a top spot to buy fine knitwear.
All fibres are softened with crystal clear Scottish waters before being spun, knitted or woven into cashmere, vicuña, merino and lambswool goods. You can take a free tour of the mill and peek behind the scenes of the production process, then shop for clothing, accessories and cosy homeware like cushions and blankets. Afterwards, why not relax in the coffee shop?
Johnstons of Elgin also has a specialist cashmere outlet based in Hawick.
Pringle of Scotland, Hawick
Pringle was founded in 1815 and is famous for creating the snazzy Argyle pattern, as well as the iconic British twinset. Based in Hawick, the birthplace of Scottish knitwear, the brand's outlet store gives you a chance to snap up top quality goods at discount prices. This includes luxury cashmere, merino and lambswool pieces.
If you're looking for classic clothing, knitwear fashion or eye-catching outfits for the golf lover in your life, this is where to head.
Teviotdale Mills, Hawick
Also based in Hawick on the River Teviot, the Teviotdale Mills have been going strong for nearly 150 years. A leading luxury country clothing brand, you can shop for locally produced Scottish cashmere, quality tweeds, jackets and various accessories.
Teviotdale Mills will also tempt your eye with many other top brands, such as William Lockie, Chrysalis, The Scarf Company, Hawick Tartan and House Of Cheviot.
Jedburgh Woollen Mill, Jedburgh
Based on the outskirts of the historic town of the same name, Jedburgh Woollen Mill is more than just a knitwear store — it's also an Aladdin's Cave of wonderful gifts and goods.
A total of 250 tartans are showcased across various products, from cute little accessories to full Highland dress. Plus you can browse everything from cosy cashmere jumpers to single malts (including the chance to sample a few drams) and traditional jams. If you fancy a bite to eat, there is also a restaurant and coffee shop.
ERIBE Knitwear Ltd, Melrose
Based in the little town of Melrose near to the Eildon Hills, ERIBÉ Knitwear is an award-winning design house and manufacturer. The brand is known across the world for putting a fashion-focused, innovative spin on traditional Scottish knitwear.
Using quality craftsmanship and natural yarns, ERIBÉ is committed to sustainable fashion and eco-conscious living. This is where to shop for colourful, playful knitwear with an up-to-date feel, including jumpers, beanies and quirky dresses. It would be a great place to find a gift for a younger person.
Hopefully, this guide to knitwear outlets in the Scottish Borders has given you a little bit of inspiration. So why not head here for a shopping spree? Of course, our luxury glamping pod in Oxton would be the perfect base for you after all that retail therapy.