The Chain Mail

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In with the new


This time of year brings a flurry of activity across Historic Scotland as close to 30 sites, from Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse settlement on Shetland to Inchmahome Priory on an island in the Lake of Menteith reopen after the winter season.

Our retail team have been busy sourcing new and local products to stock in our shops. We met them this week to get a sneak peek at some of the merchandise soon to hit our shelves. Here are just some of the shiny new things that we got excited about – let us know when you spot them in our shops!

First up, chocolate (there’s really no better place to start!). We loved these little gift packs of handmade chocolate, the detail is really impressive. There will be five different designs to choose from, so you can munch your very own Edinburgh Castle or even have your crown and eat it.

gift packs of handmade chocolate

Good enough to eat

Next, home decoration. We love these charming slogan designs in Scots dialect that adorn place mats, mugs and decorated signs. They’d make wonderful authentic Scottish presents – that is if you can bear to part with them.

Scots slogans on mugs, signs and place mats

Where the hairt is

Impress your friends with your culinary know-how using these unique food seasonings made from seaweed. Unfortunately we didn’t get to taste these but they certainly piqued our interest – anything to liven up dinner is a winner in our books!

food seasonings made from seaweed

Kombu, Dulse and Shony

To finish, another personal favourite – tea! We love a good brew in the office so we’re really looking forward to making our way through all these intriguing flavours which include love and courage, clear skin and sleep tea; all made here in Scotland!

A range of flavoured teas

A plethora of flavours

There are lots more new products to look out for in all our shops including children’s presents, beautiful handcrafted jewellery and very attractive local tweed gifts.

We’d love to see your best buy from our shops, so don’t forget to share it with us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!


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Jean Burke

Jean works in the marketing department focusing mainly on our events programme. She mostly blogs about upcoming events, campaigns and all the wonderful goings-on at Historic Scotland.


  1. Just wanted to say that I think The Chain Mail is a brilliant name for this – well done whoever thought of it. Hoping to visit Duff House soon to see the Durer exhibition – never been before.

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