The quaich story

The quaich, Scotland's cup of friendship, has been used through the centuries to offer a welcoming drink at Clan Gatherings, and other family occasions, and to friends and visitors. "Quaich" is a Scots rendering of the Gaelic word "cuach", meaning cup. The two-handed design of this drinking vessel incorporates trust, on the part of both giver and receiver.

Bonnie Prince Charlie

The wooden stave quaichs of centuries past evolved into silver mounted, and entirely silver, versions, and the original humble vessel has numbered, amongst its more illustrious owners, Sir Walter Scott and Bonnie Prince Charlie. The quaich's simple, yet beautiful, form has ensured its longevity as a vessel offering kinship and love, from the humble Highland crofter, through proud Clan Chiefs to the Kings of Scotland.

The quaich's unique history is often shrouded in myth and mystery, and such vessels are often amongst the most treasured possessions of those with family links, or other associations, with Scotland. Present day use of the quaich as a gift or trophy carries with it and preserves this link with Scotland's proud and ancient heritage. Engraving can personalise, or record for posterity, virtually any special occasion or event.

Browse our range of quaichs is part of a family business which has been trading in Edinburgh since 1987.

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