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Christmas gifts from Historic Scotland

5 December 2006

For quality Christmas gifts with a difference take a look at what Historic Scotland has to offer.  We have everything from cashmere scarves and jewellery to fine bone china, books and toys. Historic Scotland shops can be a great place to pick up something a little bit special while enjoying a day out at one of the country's best castles, abbeys or other ancient monuments. You can shop also online and orders can be made by email, post or telephone.

Aundrea Hollington, Historic Scotland's Head of Retail, said:

'This time of year we are all on the lookout for Christmas gifts that are that wee bit different and special. Many of the sites in our care have gift shops where you can find good quality, interesting and unusual presents, while experiencing some of Scotland's fantastic heritage.

Our larger gift shops are packed with everything from lambswool scarves, china, toiletries, jewellery, soft toys and much more. In some of our shops you can pick up presents that are not available in High Street stores, like our own fun Crazy Castles range of mugs, jigsaws and other goodies all inspired by Scotland's castles.

There is also an extensive Tapestry Range, which includes beautiful cushions and other items with details from the medieval Hunt of the Unicorn series of tapestries. Our shops offer a wide variety of gifts to suit people of all ages and tastes'.

Historic Scotland's products include crafts and jewellery made in Scotland. The artwork Crazy Castles and the Abbeys and Cathedral ranges have been created by 25-year-old Scottish artist and fashion designer Alice Druitt.

You can buy Historic Scotland gifts from our online shop at www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/index/shop.htm or order by telephone on 0131 657 8440 or by email at hs.shopscotland.gsi.gov.uk.

Notes for editors
  • The Tapestry Range, which extends from fine bone china to stationery, includes items inspired by the Hunt of the Unicorn series. Full sized versions of the series, widely regarded as the world's finest surviving European medieval tapestries, are currently being recreated to hang on the walls of Stirling Castle. The originals are in the USA. The recreation of the tapestries is linked to a major project to return the royal apartments at the castle to how they looked in their Renaissance heyday.
  • Please note that the range of goods on sale depends on the site and the size of shop. Not all our goods are stocked at each site. Goods not on sale in a particular shop may still be available online or by calling our retail team at the number shown above.
  • Quality pictures are available on request of the products listed below.
    • Image 1 - Celtic pewter range
    • This stunning pewter range has the added beauty of looking expensive without the price tag to match. From hip flasks to tea light holders there is something to suit everyone this Christmas.
    • 4 oz Hip Flask (4502) £18.95
    • Celtic Pen (4498) £12.95
    • Celtic Letter Opener (4499) £9.95
    • Miniature Celtic Photo Frame (4500) £5.95
    • Celtic T-Light Holder (4501) £4.95
    • Image 2 - Cashmere scarves (Edinburgh Castle only)
    • Enjoy the sumptuousness of cashmere at a fraction of the price with these cashmere scarves. Available in pale blue, cream, fuchsia or pastel stripe. Hand made in Scotland. 100% Cashmere Scarf (available in pale blue, cream, fuchsia & pastel stripe) (4892) £38.00
    • Image 3 - Throws and cushions
    • Brighten up your home with these beautiful throws and Celtic design cushions. Hand made in Scotland.
    • Large Tapestry Throw (Blues or Greens) (2751) £40.00
    • Large Checked Throw (Pinks or Blues) (2759) £68.00
    • Small Pictish Zipped cushion (natural) (1383) £45.00
    • Small fringed cushion (cream celtic or purple thistle) (1385) £45.00
    • Large fringed cushion (cream celtic or turquoise thistle) (1386) £55.00
    • Image 4 - Goblets and cheese knives
    • These stunning silver-plated hammered wine goblets could be combined with a set of six cheese knives, with beautifully ornate handles, to turn any meal into a banquet. The goblets are the same as those used at the recent celebrity wedding of Sir Elton John and David Furnish.
    • Silver Plated Goblets (pair) (12584) £35.00
    • Cheese Knives (set of 6) (12582) £35.00
    • Image 5 - Stationery
    • Treat the queen in your life with this beautiful silk notebook and calligraphy set.
    • Calligraphy Writing Set (12546) £15.95
    • Silk Notebook (12545) £9.95
    • Image 6 - Mirror compact
    • Who can resist the perfect addition to any handbag, this striking mirror compact, inlaid with pink stones.
    • Pink Mirror Compact (2026) £19.95
    • Image 7 - Cufflinks
    • Fit for a King these enamelled cufflinks make any outfit stand out. Available in Celtic or Thistle designs, red or blue colourways.
    • Boxed Celtic Cufflinks (12525) £9.95
    • Image 8 - Bottle stop and opener
    • No banquet would be complete without a stunning pewter bottle stopper and Celtic bottle opener.
    • Boxed Celtic Bottle Opener (12526) £8.95
    • Boxed Thistle Bottle Stopper (12524) £7.50
    • Image 9 - Chess set
    • Discovered on Lewis in 1831 and dating back to the 13th century, the Lewis chess men have stirred awe    and wonder for a long time. You can enjoy their appeal in your own home with these replica chess sets.
    • Ivory Isle of Lewis Chess Set (1528) £45.00
    • Brown Isle of Lewis Chess Set (1530) £45.00
    • Image 10 - Tain pottery
    • Inspired by the natural beauty of the local surroundings, this beautiful range of ceramic pottery uses traditional craft techniques and is hand painted in the Highlands of Scotland.
    • Glenaldie Vase (1503) £15.95
    • Glenaldie Bowl (1498) £11.95
    • Glenaldie Egg Cup (1501) £9.95
    • Image 11 - Whisky and decanter set (alcohol is only sold at selected sites)
    • A popular after-dinner dram, Bunnahabhain is a sweet whisky with a smooth initial palate and full round    flavour. Why not serve it in this beautiful decanter and twin dram glass set complete with thistle design?
    • Bunnahabhain 70cl (9827) £24.95
    • Night Cap Set       (9202) £29.95
    • Image 12 - Green man
    • Our replica of a Green Man symbolises regeneration and rebirth. The Green Man is the joining together      of humanity and nature.
    • Green Man (2500) Friends Price £9.95
    • Image 13 - Orkney jewellery
    • This stunning range of jewellery was inspired by designer Sheila Fleet’s abseiling adventure in a gorge     in Caithness amidst the famous Caithness stone. Hand made in Orkney.
    • Slate Blue Flagstone Pendant (12567) £50.00
    • Slate Blue Flagstone Stud Earrings (12570) £36.00
    • Slate Blue Flagstone Bracelet (12573) £111.00

  • Sites with shops that are open all year include (larger shops in bold).
    • Aberdour Castle
    • Arbrpath Abbey
    • Argylls Lodging, Stirling
    • The Black House, Arnol
    • Blackness Castle
    • Bothwell Castle
    • Caerlaverock Castle
    • Cardoness Castle
    • Corgarff Castle
    • Craigmillar Castle
    • Craignethan Castle
    • Dallas Dhu Distillery
    • Dirleton Castle
    • Doune Castle
    • Dryburgh Abbey
    • Dumbarton Castle
    • Dunblane Cathedral
    • Dundrennan Abbey
    • Dunfermline Abbey
    • Dunstaffnage Castle
    • Edinburgh Castle
    • Edzell Castle
    • Elgin Cathedral
    • Fort George
    • Glasgow Cathedral
    • Glenluce Abbey
    • Huntingtower Castle
    • Huntly Castle
    • Iona Abbey
    • Jedburgh Abbey
    • Linlithgow Palace
    • Melrose Abbey
    • New Abbey Corn Mill
    • Rothesay Castle
    • St Andrews Castle
    • St Andrews Cathedral
    • Skara Brae Visitor Centre
    • Smailholm Tower
    • Spynie Palace
    • Stirling Castle
    • Sweetheart Abbey
    • Tantallon Castle
    • Tolquhoun Castle
    • Tormiston Mill, near Maeshowe
    • Urquhart Castle

For further information


Kate Turnbull
PR Executive
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959
kate.turnbull@scotland.gsi.gov.uk