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November 26, 2003
Downstairs rests a little cafe, as well as three more souvenir shops. One sells different crafts, the second features cashmere, and the third is another tour booking area. You walk across a walkway and you reach yet another area to purchase souvenirs, this time crystals and cut glass. Walk down the stairs, and you are assaulted by a menagerie of different tartans available for purchase, as well as videos about tartans and weaving.
You first walk through a display room with life-size models of people weaving throughout the years. Different techniques used and the different wools are explained. You can even feel the texture of the wools.
You then walk out into the actual weaving areas. You can watch people making weaves on the machines and even try your hand at weaving for a small fee.
For around 20 quid, you can get your picture taken in full Scottish gear from a kilt to a sporran. There is also a display featuring what the traditional dress looked like through the years.
From journal An American Woman in Scotland
Wellington, New Zealand
September 14, 2003
If you are interested in tartan, then this is the place to find out more. You can wander through various exhibits explaining the history of tartan, as well as seeing a number of weavers at work. Whether you see the weavers or just the looms may depend on when you go.
You can buy any tartan, or a kilt, or get your photo taken in a traditional outfit.
Upstairs is a souvenir shop. Pretty standard really, although not quite as tacky as some in the new town.
The shop is at the top of the Royal Mile near the castle and near the Scotch Whiskey Heritage Centre, if you need somewhere to send the blokes.
From journal Edinburgh - perfect - winter or The Festival