Located on the Canongate section of Edinburgh's Royal Mile is Cranachan & Crowdie, one of the city's finest stockists of locally sourced, artisan produced Scottish food, drink and gifts.
With so much more to Scotland than whisky and shortbread, this shop is bursting at the seams with a vast array of top-quality produce from right across Scotland - it's a veritable taste of Scotland in a single shop!
If the name sounds like a mouthful, you should know that it describes two quintessentially Scottish foodstuffs: cranachan is a traditional Scottish dessert, made from toasted oats, honey, whipped cream, and raspberries, with (of course) whisky, whilst crowdie is a soft, sharp cheese best eaten with rough oatcakes.
If that hasn't got your mouth watering then pop in to the shop to see their full range of over 200 locally produced foods and gifts. They've raided every corner of the traditional Scottish larder for the finest quality offerings from producers right across Scotland - from shortbread and tablet (a dense, fudge-like sweet treat) to gin, venison and traditional marmalades and preserves, you can't help but find something to suit your palate. They offer over 16 types of oatcake alone!
For non-foody types, browse their range of quality tweed, pottery and whisky-related gifts - from traditional selections like mounted whisky glasses and hand-turned wooden 'spurtles' (used for stirring porridge) to quirky contemporary ideas like tartan tweed iPad covers, the focus is on unique and unusual ideas that you won't find elsewhere on the high street.
The staff are always on hand for a friendly chat, to answer your questions, and help you find the food and gifts that you are looking for, and shop dog Caley the labradoodle is always happy to take a stroke or a pat as a reward for her hard work as Shortbread Quality Control Manager...
PLUS! You can now add a 'flavour of Scotland' to any private walking tour of the city - for just £5 per person, we can arrange to visit Cranachan & Crowdie for you to enjoy samples of some traditional Scottish foods from their extensive artisan product range, and to learn a little about their producers.
Simply tick the box on the private tour booking form to arrange a short stop during your tour...
Edinburgh Expert Walking Tours is run by Gareth Davies, an adopted native of Edinburgh since 1998...