Did you know Moffat is quite a niche – and nice – shopping destination? Start browsing with your ultimate shopping guide…
The town is rightly proud of its independent shops on the double high street, characterful Well Street and close by, all within easy walking distance of Queensberry House. Discover unique treasures you’re unlikely to find elsewhere.
Top of the pots
There’s a lot of creative talent in Gallerie @ 3 from this husband and wife team: photographer Jonathan and ceramist/picture framer Sandie. Not only will all your photography needs be met (studio shots, custom-made framing) but there are plenty of picturesque prints featuring local landmarks and beauty spots. And new on the scene are Sandie’s exquisite, handmade ceramics (pictured above) that’ll make your home – and your heart – sing. Smashing!
The Wee Shop is the latest on the block. ‘Wee’ by name but immense in ambition and green credentials. Its spacious premises at the end of the high street are stocked with quality, local, artisan and eco-friendly food and drink. Bring your own containers to restock your kitchen cupboard with pasta, rice, legumes, herbs and spices plus refills for laundry, cleaning and toiletries – making it easy for you to reduce your package and food waste. Plus discover fun gifts you can buy with a clear conscience that you’re doing your bit for the planet.
A book-lover’s paradise
An independent book shop is a thing of joy which performs an essential role in our towns and villages and no ultimate shopping guide would be complete without one. The Moffat Bookshop calls itself a ‘rehoming service for stray books’ selling new and used editions in all subjects and prices. Here the speciality is local books and authors, and space will always be found on its shelves to showcase books with a local theme. They’ll even post to anywhere in the world.
Beauty and pampering
For that little special something, Glamorous Gifts is your go-to shop. Pick up some hand-painted tumblers for your next drinks party or cute wax melts for a special present. Choose from relaxing bath bombs and scented candles to engraved slate gifts and balloon displays that will ensure your event makes an impact. The shop smells divine too. You don’t get that with online shopping. Queensberry House guests receive 10% discount on purchases.
Antiques treasure trove
You can easily waste a couple of hours browsing the extensive selection of antiques and collectables in Lothlorien Emporium, a family-run business. Among the art deco clocks, oh-so delicate tea sets, jewellery pieces and oversized perfume bottles, there are some highly covetable sci-fi ‘toys’ – except these are too precious to be played with but feel free to admire them behind their glass box.
Home of Moffat Toffee
Take a trip down memory lane in the Moffat Toffee Shop, the legendary shop full of sweets from your childhood. There’s also the Moffat Toffee – naturally – that isn’t in fact a toffee but a boiled sweet. See if you can work out the magic ingredient. Irresistible homemade truffles, tablet and fudge are also available. And that’s not all: there’s the Moffat Toffee whisky, gin and rum. That’s the spirit!
Step inside this treasure trove of stylish furniture and interior design and you’ll never want to leave… or at least not empty-handed anyway. Manse Interiors is an independent family business selling timeless, classic pieces to create the home of your dreams. Eclectic, elegant statement items that wow but also small gifts for under £10.
Clothes and accessories
The Little Closet is a chic shop selling quality women’s clothing in all sizes plus jewellery, handbags and gifts. New stock arrives regularly from Weird Fish, Lily & Me and Made in Italy. Plus there’s a superb range of Joma and Gracee jewellery – ideal gifts that come beautifully packaged in their own designer bags.
Cara Gael is a family-owned card and gift shop. It looks small but step inside and you’ll find a much larger space. Many of its products are from local and national suppliers, hand-made and unique, including pewter jewellery, copper-fumed raku sculptures, pottery and vintage oak whisky barrel glass holders and serving boards. The shop also stocks Moffat Whisky, Lockerbie Beer and Dalton Rum as well as a selection of locally made gins.
A drop of the sweet stuff
Fill your boots with Scottish classics that have a modern twist. Campbells’ fresh tablet and fudge is handmade from start to finish following a closely guarded family recipe. Only natural flavourings are used and no preservatives or additives. Taste the Orkney Ice Cream (whatever the weather) – the lemon curd flavour is quite wonderful. Or pop down for some Joe & Seph’s gourmet popcorn (try the goat’s cheese and black pepper flavour) and Chrystals Shortbread from Loch Lomond. All utterly delicious.
The Corner Gallery is a haven of designer knitwear, natural textiles and stylish accessories from Scotland, Ireland and the islands. This offshoot of the neighbouring Kirkcudbright shop has found its home on the edge of the high street selling bespoke quality woollens with provenance in classic designs for men and women. Everything you need to upgrade your winter wardrobe is here.
Delightful arts and crafts
Another creative partnership running an independent enterprise. In the Art Work Room, there are one-off jewellery pieces created by two artists – a chic selection of necklaces, bracelets and earrings with handmade beads in glass, ceramic, silver, gold, bronze – plus amazing compositions from Czech glass. Also for sale are cast resin fish and bookends, recycled glass bowls and vegan soap made from foraged resources. There’s also hand-thrown stoneware created by the famous Singing Potter.
Fine, affordable furniture
Reloved is a glorious shop on the corner of Well Street containing a mix of traditional, quirky and contemporary pieces lovingly hand-restored, reimagined and upholstered by Kay and the team to give furniture a new lease of life. Affordable prices too. So be quick, stock doesn’t hang around for long.
Wildflower Designs is a another new addition to the Moffat High Street. Got a friend who’s hard to buy for? This is the place for you. The team’s speciality is the Lichtenberg figure technique: 2,000 volts of electricity are shot through a piece of oak to create a tree-like pattern in the wood which is then filled with bright colour. There’s a pretty, dramatic dining table and a more affordable chopping board, coaster and pendant. And that’s not all… trinkets with a bee theme and a pair of ‘apprehensive’ planters caught our eye.
Trinkets and treasures
17 Reasons is well-known for its pleasing window displays – this gift and craft shop knows how to put on a good show for browsers and buyers. And it has some delightful items: driftwood art, hand-painted tiles, ceramics, all manner of cards and artisan glass from Scottish artists. Its charming garden decorations are a must. The Queensberry House garden has one.
The walker’s wardrobe
Moffat Outdoors is an essential stop-off for all the walkers who come to hike across Moffat’s spectacular landscape. Here you’ll find good quality and value-for-money outdoor clothing and equipment. Brands in stock include Paramo, Rab, Sprayway, Lowe Alpine, Altberg, SOTO and Tilley. Also for sale are Pocket Mountains guides. Locally published, well-written, with bright covers so you won’t lose your copy, these are a must for your walking kit. Check out The Dumfriesshire Dales for some of Moffat’s finest walks.
And not too far away…
A’ the Airts Community Arts Centre is the home of the Sanquhar knitting pattern, an historic design dating back to the 17th century and a vital part of the town’s heritage. Get your scarves, hats, sweaters, gloves and even baby blankets in this high-quality knitwear with a distinctive design. The gloves are world-famous and feature the initials of the wearer sewn on. Just a 40-minute – very scenic – drive from Moffat.
Gretna Gateway Outlet Village
A compact shopping outlet with stores for all your retail needs including: accessories, health and beauty, food and drink, gift shops and homeware. All under one roof. So if it’s raining… Other shopping destinations within close range of Moffat are: Carlisle, Peebles, Dumfries and Kirkcudbright.
Seek out Dumfries, only a short drive from Moffat, where you’ll find historic sites and impressive eateries. Read all about it here.
Photograph: Jonathan Cosens Photography
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