Inverness as the bustling cultural capital of the Scottish Highlands is a unique shopping destination where you can become lost in for days. The city offers an array of large shopping centres and local shops. There are markets aplenty where local farmers, artisans and merchants highlight their freshest produce and finest wares.

    If you’re looking for something distinctively Scottish, the city has premier dress shops specialising in kilt-making and traditional Scottish garb. Whether you’re in the mood for the full retail experience at the mall or for browsing curios in speciality shops, there’s something in store for your visit. Look at what you can bring home with you with our Inverness shopping guide.


    Victorian Market

    A unique indoor shopping experience in Inverness

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    • History

    The Victorian Market offers a unique indoor market experience. Take your pick from a variety of local, independent shops, cafés, merchants, and food stalls. Be sure to check out Story, a chocolatier famous for their choice of delectable sweets, with whisky or without, and all premium quality.

    As you’re browsing through various wares in the market, don’t forget to take a moment to admire the Victorian architecture. The building’s ornate cast-iron and wooden-domed roof, as well as the arched entrances on Academy and Church Streets, are worth taking pictures of.

    Location: Academy St, Inverness IV1 1JN, UK

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 7 am to 6 pm, Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1463 710524


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    Eastgate Shopping Centre

    A central retail destination for shopping and dining

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    • Families
    • Food

    The Eastgate Shopping Centre is one of the largest malls in Inverness, housing over 60 shops and dozens of restaurants. If you’re shopping for clothes and accessories, you can find fashion giants and high street favourites such as Debenhams, H&M, Topshop, and Pandora.

    One of the mall’s prime attractions is its Noah’s Ark-inspired diorama clock, which plays different animal-themed tunes every hour. If you’re in the area at noon, be sure to watch out for the unique display. The Eastgate Shopping Centre is within a short walk of Inverness Castle and The Victorian Market.

    Location: Centre Management, 11 Eastgate, Inverness IV2 3PP, UK

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 9 am to 7 pm, Friday–Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1463 226457


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    Inverness High Street

    The main retail artery for starting your shopping journey

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    • Food

    Inverness High Street is the city’s main retail artery. Here, you can find various shops and boutiques lining the street, giving you good shopping opportunities. Besides international and national brands, the street also hosts a choice of small Scottish shops and independent businesses offering unique local wares.

    For more retail options, hop on over to the Eastgate Shopping Centre, found at one end of the street. On the other end stands Ness Bridge, which crosses over the scenic river. There’s a choice of restaurants, bars, and coffee shops in case you need something to eat or drink after you shop.

    Location: High St, Inverness IV1 1JJ, UK


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    Inverness Shopping Centre

    A premier destination for shopping and casual browsing

    • Shoppers
    • Families
    • Food

    The Inverness Shopping Centre is one of the premier retail and entertainment venues in the city. With a variety of shops, boutiques, and a supermarket, you can conveniently find about anything in a unique location. The layout of the shops makes casual strolling and window-shopping easy and fun.

    Afterwards, you can grab a bite at one of the mall’s restaurants or take a moment to unwind and watch a film at the cinema. Located in Eastfield Way, the Inverness Shopping Centre is 2 miles northeast of the Inverness Golf Club.

    Location: Eastfield Way, Inverness IV2 7GD, UK

    Open: Monday–Friday from 9 am to 8 pm, Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)808 1565533


    Inverness Farmers' Market

    For delicious food and unique finds

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    • Food

    Stop by the Inverness Farmers’ Market if you’re looking for the finest and freshest local produce in the city. Every 1st Saturday of the month, local Scottish shops and independent businesses gather in this market to highlight their wares. These vendors have been hand-picked to give you great choices of fresh and artisanal products, ranging from food and drinks to arts and crafts.

    Sample freshly baked goods, delicious chocolates and cheeses, and home-made preserves. Be on the lookout for unique handmade items like jewellery, pottery, and soaps to take home as souvenirs.

    Location: High Street, Inverness IV1 1HN, UK

    Open: 1st Saturday of the month from 9 am to 3.30 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1309 651206


    Chisholm Highland Dress

    A local dress shop where you can score a Scottish kilt

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    Chisholm Highland Dress is the place to go to if you want your own kilt to remember your Inverness trip by. It can craft the finest Scottish garb for you. This shop makes tweeds and jackets, shoes, and sporrans to go with your bespoke kilt. You can find a wide range of tartans and clan memorabilia if you’re looking for more souvenirs.

    Be sure to speak with the friendly and knowledgeable staff, who are more than happy to help you put together your outfit and fill you in on the long and vibrant history of Chisholm’s kilt-makers.

    Location: 47 Castle St, Inverness IV2 3DU, UK

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +44 (0)1463 234599



    Beautiful glass pieces for your home

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    Half-A-Moon is a stained-glass studio in Inverness city centre. It offers a variety of beautiful fused and slumped pieces, such as small brooches, glass and trinket bowls, large display dishes, clocks, mirrors, lamps, and window panels. You can also request for bespoke merchandise for something totally unique to take home.

    Half-A-Moon organises short courses for anyone interested in learning the craft. Browse its official website for the latest schedules to see if there’s a class you can fit into your trip.

    Location: Station Rd, Ardersier, Inverness IV2 7ST, UK

    Open: Tuesday–Saturday from 11 am to 4.30 pm (closed on Sundays and Mondays)

    Phone: +44 (0)1667 461361


    Leakey’s Bookshop

    A booklover’s paradise in Inverness

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    • Photo

    Leakey's Bookshop is the largest second-hand bookstore in Scotland, with over 100,000 books on its shelves. The books in the shop come from all over the Highlands for over 30 years and arranged in small sections by theme.

    If you're looking for an old and rare volume, particularly from the Victorian or Edwardian eras, there’s a chance you can find it here. Leakey's Bookshop is in an 18th-century Gaelic church, so apart from taking treasured tomes home, you will take pictures of the place too.

    Location: Greyfriars Hall, Church St, Inverness IV1 1EY, UK

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 5.30 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +44 (0)1463 239947


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    Judith Glue

    A quaint independent shop for unique items

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    Judith Glue offers a variety of clothing apparel, including Judith’s very own Orkney Knitwear collection. You can also find clothes from various brands as well as food and unique gift items among its displays. Be sure to check out stunning collections by Eribe Knitwear, Skunkfunk, Nomad, Seasalt Clothing, and more.

    If you’re looking for something local, Judith Glue stocks creations made by artisans from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. During summer, there are free local food-tasting and live music to indulge in right outside the store.

    Location: 15 Bridge St, Inverness IV1 1HG, UK

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday from noon to 5 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1463 248529


    Highland House of Fraser

    A dress shop for beautiful kilts and clan memorabilia

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    Highland House of Fraser has over 50 years of experience in kilt-making in the tradition of the Highland dress. If you’re looking for expertly hand-sewn kilts made of the finest tartan, this shop is the place to visit. You can also find various apparel and accessories like textiles, tweeds, clan memorabilia, jewellery, and other gift items for souvenirs.

    Highland House of Fraser is by the River Ness, on its western bank, where you can enjoy breathtaking views as you have yourself fitted.

    Location: 4-9 Huntly St, Inverness IV3 5PR, UK

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 5.30 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1463 222781

    Geri Mileva | Contributing Writer

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