Heriot Toun in summer


We like the following... (and much more besides!)


Ailie Robertson: Award winning clarsach player

Amy Geddes: Scottish fiddler - composer, performer and teacher.

Andi Neate: Singer/songwriter, Andi is an expressive performer, with a gift for melody, memorable hooks and delightfully offbeat lyrics.

CODA- For those who don't know, they are a Folk Music and Scottish Music shop on The Mound in Edinburgh, and have been here since 1997.

Folk and Roots: A guide to the folk and acoustic scene, with information about UK folk gigs, folk concerts, folk festivals and hundreds of links!

Hands Up for Trad - An organisation dedicated to increasing the profile and visibility of Scottish traditional music through information, education and advocacy. 

 Ímar: Exciting new band featuring current and past members of RURA, Mànran, Talisk, Barrule, Cara, Mabon and the Lowground.

Kim Edgar - Singer-songwriter and rising star. Recorded her debut album 'butterflies and broken glass' here at Heriot Toun.

Karine Polwart - Hugely talented award winning singer/songwriter .

Lau - Kris Dreever, Martin Green, Aidan O'Rourke. Described as a formidable union of three of the finest and most innovative exponents of modern traditional music in Scotland today; ...

Lori Watson : Leading light of the new generation of Borders fiddle players

Mairi Orr : Mairi's songs tell of truth and tales in the tradition of oflk, delivered with a contemporary edge. 

Margaret Bennett: Singer and folklorist credits her family upbringing amid Gaelic and Scots tradition bearers with her expertise in Scottish Folklore.

Paul Gilbody - Musician and organiser of Acoustic Edinburgh

Scayles - Scayles Music was born sometime in the last century amid second-hand mandolins, brass, woodwind and antique fishing tackle. Here, the kind, knowledgeable and helpful staff will astound and amaze as they guide you through the immense amount of stuff they have in stock.

Sophie Bancroft - Jazz/folk singer-songwriter. Her songs are fun, flirty and heart wrenching!

Traditional Music & Song Association of Scotland - Established in 1966 to promote and present the traditional music, song and stories of Scotland by organising festivals, workshops, concerts, ceilidhs and competitions

Trad music on-line - gig guide, news, festivals, cd shop selling the best of Scottish Irish and World music on-line. 

Gillie Mackenzie  - Beautiful singer from the Isle of Lewis.

Lauren Macoll - "One of Scotland's most expressive fiddle players!"

Shooglenifty - 25 years together in 2015 - birthday bash at Glenuig Hall!

James Brown is Annie: Six piece funkateers!

Niroshini Thambar : Niroshini is a musician and composer making work for theatre, installation and with communities,

Katerina Juvančič and Dejan Lapanja:  Katarina & Dejan's music, with a basis in both folk and rock, is built on stories of women set to imaginative, rich and enthralling musical landscapes.

The Jellyman's Daughter
Somewhere between the realms of bluegrass, folk, pop, rock and chamber music, Emily Graham and Graham Coe let go of any sense of trepidation and go on to develop a deeply soulful, break-neck amalgam of old time and new age roots influences alike.


Alec Finlay Created poetry and art and works across a range of media and forms.

Books from Scotland

Ken Cockburn poet, translator, editor and writing tutor living in Edinburgh.

Essence Press - publishes 'island', a beautiful biannual literary magazine providing a distinctive space for new writing, inspired by nature and exploring our place within the natural world.

The Forest Bookstore - great wee independent bookstore in the heart of Selkirk.
26 Market Place, Selkirk, TD7 4BL 01750 22763

Scottish Centre for Geopoetics " Geopoetics is concerned fundamentally with a relationship to the earth and with an opening of a world" Kenneth White.

Ian Macpherson - writer and performer and funny funny man...also partner of the wild woman.

Jen Hadfield - The youngest poet to win the T.S. Eliot prize with her collection 'Nigh-No-Place'

Magi Gibson - award winning poet, writer, performer and wild wild woman...

Scottish Book Trust - The leading agency for the promotion of literature in Scotland, developing innovative projects to encourage adults and children to read, write and be inspired by books.

Scottish Pamphlet Poetry An annual prize in memory of the publisher Callum Macdonald to support pamphlet poetry publishing.

The Scottish Poetry Library The Scottish Poetry Library is the place for poetry in Scotland, for the regular reader, the serious student or the casual browser.All resources, advice and information are readily accessible, free of charge. We also have collections for the visually impaired.

Tessa Ransford Widely published poet and former director of the Scottish Poetry Library.

The List - Scotland's bestselling entertainment, events and lifestyle magazine, helmed by the lovely Robin Hodge.

Thomas A Clark One of our favourite poets.

Ian Stephen - Writer and poet from the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.

Marjorie Gill Poet, seasoned performer and facilitator of creative writing. 

The Belonging Project a group aiming to develop empathy and celebrate diversity with migrant peoples in our society through workshops and events.



Mhairi Law: Award winning photographer based on Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. Also runs the Island Darkroom, running workshops and selling silver gelatin prints and tweed textiles.

Art North: An exciting and much needed new quarterly magazine celebrating and connecting the visual arts of Scotland and the far north. Out in the spring of 2019 but you can access it online now.

An Lanntair: A hub for creativity and the arts in the Outer Hebrides.

Andrew Mackenzie: Local artist living in Stow.

Atlas Arts: ATLAS is an arts organisation dedicated to visual arts projects and education in Skye and Lochalsh.

Brae Projects - Orkney based Alistair Peebles's site is now under construction 

Hanna Tuulikki - A Finnish-English musician, vocalist and artist.

Orkney Arts - Orkney artists' group

Pat Law - Heriot Toun's permanent resident artist. 

The Pier Arts Centre Orkney arts centre housing an important collection of British art. Extended by Reiach and hall in 2007 

Robin Gillanders - Edinburgh photographer, works primarily in B&W, in film formats from 35mm to 10x8. 

Sleeper White cube space in the office basement of Reiach and Hall Architects.


Elm House - the home of composer and producer, Ben Seal and a great venue for a house concert!

Glenuig Hall - first opened in 1995 and home to a lot of great parties and gigs.  

Heriot Toun Studio of course! Nominated for Venue of the Year at the Scottish Trad Awards, we were chuffed to be valued in this way!


Hebridean Bothy Pods: Beautiful and cosy and with some of the finest views you'll find in the Hebrides. One fo the most inspring places we know.

Bed with a View: In the heart of historic Edinburgh a studio apartment with a back door onto the Royal Mile and front step onto The Mound. It's owned by the booky artist Rachel Hazel and it's for rent.

Iona hostel - Tranquility, sanctuary and friendliness, tucked in amongst rocky outcrops and flower meadows, Iona Hostel looks out to Staffa and the Treshnish Isles. Great mutton and wool products from Hebridean sheep. And of one the best places we know of to go for inspiration!

Alternative boat hire - If you want to sail around the west coast of Scotland on a beautiful boat with a great guy to guide you - look no further. Based on the beautiful Iona.

Alex Smith of Inchcape Marine Services will take take you to Bell Rock Lighthouse! Boats from Arbroath harbour and you can also buy some fine smokies while you're there. 07752 470 621 

9 East Bay - A beautiful bed and breakfast right on the shores of the Forth in the lovely wee village of North Queensferry - and literally a short stone's throw from the water. Best views on the Forth, great breakfasts and a warm welcome - and it's also close to the train station so you don't need to take your car into Edinburgh. Contact Molly on 01383 410 301 or email on the link above.



Reiach and Hall Architects: Designers of two fine studios in the Borders and a multitude of other award winning buildings throughout Scotland. Also host to Sleeper , a white space in the basement of the office showing fresh contemporary art.

Sally Ruel Architect - Our local architect based in Heriot! (But happy to work throughout Scotland) Sally Ruel established her practice in June 1996. Using a breadth of experience and skills she offers a range of architectural services spanning all project stages from feasibility studies to building design and contract administration for projects in the housing, community, commercial and leisure sectors. She can also advise on the appointment of other building professionals to make a complete design team.

Quercus Rural Building Design - An Architect led design and build, or design only service, for a range of buildings in the Rural Sector. Sister company to Sally Ruel Architects.

Funktioncreep - Scotland's award winning visual productions team - and helpful folk to us here at the studio!

Creative Scotland - where we go when we need a hand to get a project off the ground.

CABN - Dedicated support for the creative arts sector in the Borders.

The Belonging Project a group aiming to develop empathy and celebrate diversity with migrant peoples in our society through workshops and event.



Lindean Mill Glass - Established since 1978 in the Scottish Borders, they are pioneers of the studio glass movement in Scotland. This thriving glass studio has an international reputation and is renowned for beautifully-designed contemporary glassware.

Gracie J - Designs jewellery made from handcrafted glass and ceramic beads dipped in pure silver, copper and gold - local and lovely!

Evie Milo jewellery - not just a fabby website designer but a funky jewellery maker too.



Thoughts on art and teaching, by Jim Hamlyn

The Printed Land musings on nature, art and landscape, by Ian Hill

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