Get started early with your Christmas shopping this year and shop local to avoid the crowds

We know it is early to start thinking about Christmas but why not get ahead of the crowds and start shopping early this year? Better yet, avoid the crowds altogether and shop for all your Christmas presents locally in our gorgeous range of independent shops. Combine with some lunch in one of our many cafes and stop for an afternoon tea or hot chocolate break and make a day of it! See some ideas below for some great Christmas present shops.

Coast Candles

At Coast Candle Co. each and every candle is hand poured in Dornoch using only the finest quality ingredients. Inspired by the simplistic, natural beauty which surrounds us in the Highlands, by the sea and the coast, finished in stylish and elegant packaging, their candles are the perfect gift or memento of the Highlands.

Mitchell’s Chemist

Mitchells Chemist is a family run community pharmacy. Alongside the usual facitilities you would expect in a pharmacy, Mitchell’s chemist also stocks an extensive range of gifts including candles, makeup, scarves and designer handbags and purses including Kipling, Brakeburn and Oilily.

Lily and Roux

Lily and Roux are a small family run business selling children’s clothing from newborn to 16 years – from socks to  Princess Dresses, wellies to Disney T-shirts – they have a wide range of lovely outfits to choose from which are ideal for Christmas presents.

The Shop around the Corner

You will find this gem of a shop in Shore Road – near the Bus Stop. It has a tiny entrance – so don’t miss it! Once inside you will see a range of art and crafts from local producers, beautifully displayed. From jewellery to furniture, paintings to tweed and tartan goods, you will find a delightful selection of gifts to choose from.

Dornoch Garden Centre

Dornoch Garden Centre and Tool Hire is located in the Retail Park. An ideal place to shop for the gardening enthusiast there is a great range of outdoor clothing and fishing tackle, DIY tools, plants, seeds, bird feeders and gardening equipment. They also have clothing from brands such as Crocs, Hoggs of Fife, Joules, Deerhunter, Muckboots and Jack Murphy.

Kingcraig Fabrics

For everything tweed and tartan,  Kingcraig fabrics is the place to go. They specialise in Scottish Woollen goods including travel rugs, scarves, bags, hats, tweed and tartan fabrics as well as luxury knitting yarns. They also have a range of beautiful cashmere goods and yarns. Get an extra special one-off gift made to your own specifications- cushions, curtains, bags and capes.

You can also get vouchers from Ultimuttly Groomed, Go Wild Highlands, Aspen Spa and Hair and Beauty in Dornoch.


These are just a few of the wonderful shops we have in Dornoch. Look out for our next shopping newspost to read about the other or if you can’t wait for that take a look at the shopping section of our website