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When I consider Spey Valley I consider water, wildlife and wilderness. Well, that’s what I used to assume. But now, after a implausible day at Spey Valley Shopping, a part of the Macdonald Aviemore Resort within the coronary heart of the Cairngorms National Park, I’m considering of Barbour, Dubarry and Katie Loxton.
I additionally consider meals baskets, timeless jewellery and trendy and quirky homeware, and I consider Christmas. Because in only one journey I discovered the solutions to everybody’s want lists and even sniffed out a couple of treats for myself.
Don’t be afraid of postal strikes, parking gaps or battling the winter climate with buying luggage. Because right here is all the things I would like for a beautiful – native – Christmas.
I’ve identified Spey Valley Retail for a very long time however nearly forgot it was there. You too? Then be a part of me as we open the doorways to this treasure trove of luxurious clothes manufacturers, items, homewares and food and drinks.
My mission was Christmas searching for household and mates, however I’ve a egocentric streak that must be listened to, so I walked previous the youngsters’s toy retailer and headed straight for Mos Mosh. Known for fashionable denims and flattering winter coats, this Danish model is a favourite with connoisseurs. This lengthy, creamy down jacket will keep me heat on lengthy winter walks, and I liked the trace of burnt orange from the Masai sweater I attempted on beneath. In the bag!
“Gift shopping!” I remembered. And it labored, till I found a gorgeous pair of Dubarry knee-length nation boots. blue or inexperienced? Choices, decisions… excellent for retaining my ft heat whereas I’m out and about in my new coat…
Back to Christmas buying. Didn’t come throughout the beautiful silver jewellery from Spanish firm Uno de 50 however what a discover. I will not inform you who this appeal bracelet was for, it’d spoil the shock, however I additionally liked the ring earrings and assertion necklaces. Note Note…
Katie Loxton is one in all THE names in purses and what might be extra cheerful than daring, vibrant pink? They inventory their sun shades too, so if the solar shines on my winter walks or I need to fake it is not the morning after the evening earlier than, then I win.
After wandering via the skincare division (do not you like Elemis and Neom?) and previous Cairn Candle Co’s handcrafted candles made proper right here within the Cairngorms (Lairig Ghru’s will remind me that the strolling route remains to be up mine is record) I made it again to the deli division.
What a welcome provide – a festive connoisseur counter laden with pralines and cheese, pies and olives and cabinets and shows groaning beneath the burden of a rigorously curated choice of native produce together with beers from Cairngorm and Loch Ness Breweries, Cairngorm and Inverness gins and – after all – whiskeys from Speyside and past.
Choose your favourite treats on your fridge, liquor cupboard and pantry and the pleasant group will wrap no matter you select in a present basket for somebody particular.
I have not touched on males’s clothes or residence items, playing cards, items or treasures for kids; There is a lot extra to inform than I’ve room for right here. Come and uncover the enjoyment of cheap buying “for real”. See you there!
Spey Valley Shopping at Macdonald Aviemore Highland Resort is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sundays from seventeenth November to the top of December. Free parking.
Spey Valley Shopping – make a time out of it!
Catch the prepare from Inverness – the prepare station is simply throughout the road – and after buying, get pleasure from Prosecco, cocktails and Giovanni’s wood-fired pizza.
The kids will love to mix the festive buying with a go to to Santa Claus or to the cinema or let off steam within the gentle play or outside play park.
Just 40 minutes from Inverness and round an hour from Elgin, Spey Valley Shopping makes an excellent time out.