A splendid social affair intertwining into cultural fabric, Scotland’s many markets offer an excellent showcase of local products, crafts, arts, and vintage fashion. If you are a self-confessed bargain hunter or looking to shop local, have a rummage through our guide to Scottish best markets.
Although it may not have the same spark as in years gone by, the infamous Barras Market is absolutely worth a visit, if only for nostalgia’s sake. Located in Glasgow, the East End (you may miss inviting archways) a whole world of bargain opportunities is waiting. Hours can fly by rummaging through countless eclectic stalls, while those who enjoy separating from the treasure will be right away. Going strong since the days when merchants worked from handcarts in the early 20th century, the Barras, in short, is a ritual of passage and the mandatory pilgrimage site for serious flea market enthusiasts.
Aberdeen Country Fair
A well-orchestrated gathering, the Aberdeen Country Fair took place in the city centre on the last Saturday of every month. Swing by anytime from 9 am to 5 pm and consider the insane number of stalls, each set up with care under cover of gazebos. The tribe of local producers are always ready on hand to tempt and attract attention with a variety of fresh meat, cheese, fish, craft beer, fancy spirits, home-baking, arts, crafts, and jewelry.
Kelso Farmers Market
Create a point of browsing for Kelso Farmers Market if in or around Kelso on the fourth Saturday of the month. Trust us; it's worth it! A gastronomic playground, a variety of organic pork, veggies, pedigree Aberdeen Angus beef, home baking, bread and eggs mixed with a truly epic party. Set at Kelso Square, expect critically acclaimed fare from the Scottish Border.
Loch Lomond Shores Farmers Market
The Loch Lomond Shores Farmers Market is the mothership in a galaxy of top-notch Scottish famous markets. Between the usual suspects of sinfully indulgent cheeses, homemade jams, macarons, chutneys, oils, shortbread, and artisanal bread to seasonal stock like specific veggies, precious meats rare, certain seafood and more, the whole spectacle is finely tuned and quite frankly fabulous. Welcomed wildcards include waffles, churros, street food, cold process soaps, fondant, and Bratwurst, to name a few. With the emphasis on seasonality and a trend for artisanal, parallel to the prominent location, Loch Lomond takes biscuits.
Perth Farmers Market
Perth boasts an excellent farmers market in an atmospheric that mimics an outdoor specialty. Founded in 1999 by local sheep farmer Jim Fairlie, the stalls seem to get better year by year - this isn't their first rodeo! Works on the first Saturday of each month and with lots received many compliments; the 45-some sports stalls have an impressive spread of local produce. Besides the samples galore, perhaps the best part is the monthly cooking demo, with courtesy of skillful local chefs.
Fair City Markets
Adding another precious stone to Perth's already resplendent market crown, Fair City Markets are magnets for Up Cyclers, knick-knack seekers and serial shoppers in a mission to shop locally. These sporadic markets entice towering choices of seasonal goodies, be it anything from plants and shrubs, to trees, Christmas decorations, arts and crafts, gifts, paintings, ceramics and of course food and drinks. The beauty of these mixed fairs lies in surprise.
Montrose Makers Market
The Montrose Makers Market, with bespoke products and fancy finds, represents excellent talent found in Scotland, and especially Angus. As an outlet for creativity and types of artsy, there is no shortage of masterpieces and great finds. From intricately decorated ceramics to lovely expert knits, expect plenty of lust-worthy gift inspo.
If you have a penchant for craft beer and a burning desire to get past the status quo, Glasgow’s Urban Market is one of the things to watch out for. Held on the first and third Sunday of the month at the Drygate Brewery, this market is a magnet for hipsters with a series of stalls that are meticulously curated to sell all the gamut from crochet cacti and natural skincare, aromatic soap, oil paintings, and trendy t-shirts. Dynamite eats and ridiculous delicious beer make it a win-win.
A Spoonful Of Vintage
Brought to us by The Vintage Vendors, keep checking the calendar for A Spoonful Of Vintage, a vintage classic fair designed specifically for fashion lovers. These seasonal markets include all retro facilities from fashion and homewares, to accessories, ceramics, and even furniture. Of course, all the memorable decades are marched around the fair like a fusion of reminiscing desire to revive their glory days.
European Christmas Market
The December moment descends upon on the city of Edinburgh, the entire city transforms into a real winter wonderland, made all the merrier by European Christmas Market. This annual festival market welcomes producers, artisans, craftspeople and foodie aficionados from near and far to put on a spread fit for a king. Lashings of crushed wine and adult hot chocolate complement the never-ending assortment sausages and cured meats. Similarly, Belgian chocolate fondue delicacies are the most appreciated while enjoying the selection of authentic German Christmas decorations. Expect anything and everything!