Kilsyth Main Street, Christmas 2006Kilsyth shops we like!

A big selection of the very special shops we like and use every day in and around Kilsyth's vibrant and historic Main street. Use them or lose them! This page is NOT a serious review or directory, just a bit of fun, and your comments are most welcome. Sometime soon we will publish a comprehensive list and some new photos including e.g. Lidl's new supermarket - these things get out of date very quickly.

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also see: Core Business Directory for a wider selection of businesses and shops in Kilsyth, Kirkintilloch and Cumbernauld


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See also: Kilsyth Business Directory page, and Kilsyth Farmers Market or our Old Shops page
Your comments and suggestions in maroon:

Q. You missed our favourite Bakery, Rennies!  Isobel

A. Your wish is our command - we have added it below

Q just to inform you of two new shops on Main St Kilsyth ...ANGIES hairdressing salon & Valhalla inks tattoo & bodypiercing studio both are to be found at 76, Main St Kilsyth - thank you hope it will bring things up to date!

A OK, will do, but in the meantime, here's a consolation prize, yes, a web page of your very own! Now, about that intimate piercing you offered me....!!!!

You could easily miss Kilsyth Dental Partnership - the entrance is tucked into a doorway just up from Mclachlan's opticians

Tel: 822114 Open 9 am - 6 pm Mon - Fri, 9-12 Saturday

Bellissima - one of Kilsyth's most modern and popular hairdressers with the ladies and even a few of the guys. Now changed hands.


New boy on the block - Marinis Italian pizza joint opened in 2006, ice cream, fried food, fish suppers, mostly heart attack fodder really, as if we didn't have enough greasy fast food already . But the staff are friendly and if that's what you want to eat, well its a free country, isn't it?
Decorhome: we don't need to plug this popular store - they have all the plugs you need already, and just about all the decorum you will ever need too. A great place for DIY and household essentials, buckets, mops, brooms and just about everything else. A general view of the Main Street  - a few folk doing their last minute Christmas shopping.
Opticians Podiatrists shop
D Charteris, pharmacy

"photos of 'Old Kilsyth' hang on the walls (some customers have a go at identifying individuals depicted) and lovely old fixtures which don't stop the staff from giving everyone a great welcome and a modern up-to-date service!"


Traditional pies, and a great range of fresh bakery produce.

McLachlan Opticians

Stylish specs - you'll enjoy the range of designer frames and meeting the highly professional staff.

Rennie's bakery

Rennie's has been baking since 1930 and is still going strong.

Ideal Home Formerly the Supersavers Megastore (how do they think up these names?) A new Chinese restaurant - Canton Cuisine - has opened where once Meulan stood.
And changed hands again. Twice. It's hard to keep up, isnt it?
Paul's Quality Butchers

Meet Paul - he is very serious about providing high quality Scottish meat and produce. A real, traditional Scottish butchers shop - highly recommended. 

Cafe Refresh
- tel 827652
Now following their relaunch also offers a cybercafe - friendly and welcoming, with fair trade food and wholesome menu.
The Cross Butchers

Some butchers are happy and some are ..well, cross! There's a sign up in the window saying this shop is for sale...

Royal Bank of Scotland

You can bank on it. 24 hr cashpoint/ATM.


Kilsyth's best late night shopping is at the Arches, newspapers, groceries, you name it. 

Gulistan restaurant

The Gulistan - quality Tandoori cooking in a central location. Kilsyth's best restaurant for service, value for money and cuisine.


(taking all these pictures is thirsty work, so I popped in for a  quick beer)

Scarecrow the lounge bar is around the back - handy for those discreet briefings. (nudge nudge) I popped in for another quick beer. (hic!)
Upmarket hairdressers

Hair today, gone tomorrow...

Stanley Racing

Fancy a flutter? We recommend "Sudden death", for a place in the 3.35 at Chepstow. 

Visage Kilsyth already has the most beautiful ladies in Scotland, so what does Visage know that we dont ? The Flower Shop - flowers for all occasions, happy or sad.

Delicious fish and chips, pizzas, and other take-away food from the angels. Great real Italian ice cream too. 

Gents barbers 

Haired a good one lately?

Just Sew

A stitch in time saves nine....

The Cosy

All the news that's fit to print, and then some....

DSCF0018.jpg (30985 bytes)Kingston newsagents - its a newsagents, its on the Kingston road, anyone want to write a review? DSCF0016.jpg (29896 bytes)Kilsyth Main Post Office

needs no introduction - all the usual postal services are on offer

DSCF0019.jpg (31428 bytes) House of Dragon

Chinese take away on the main Kingston road.

DSCF0020.jpg (25142 bytes) Lloyds TSB Bank -for financial support and advice. 24hr Cashpoint round the side
DSCF0021.jpg (32576 bytes)Dhillon's - purveyor of an eclectic range of US, Indian, Italian and Middle eastern food - hot hot hot! DSCF0022.jpg (27507 bytes) William Hill - bookmakers
DSCF0031.jpg (31175 bytes)Car Care -  a small specialist retailer of all things vehicular - love me, love my Carburetor? DSCF0024.jpg (26445 bytes)Factory Shop - used to be Safeway - a good range of bargains, clothes, houseware, shoes, sports gear, at excellent prices.
The Co-op pharmacy - last vestige of a once-great empire, this is a well-stocked and helpful local chemists with all mod cons DSCF0033.jpg (31385 bytes)More store - still closed - various rumours that it might become a small arcade etc  but we'll wait and see...
Corrine's cafe of fond memory is  closed but the shop now seels a range of furniture, haberdashery, and takes in clothes and sewing repairs. DSCF0052.jpg (30437 bytes)The Salon, hair stylists - one of Kilsyth's oldest buildings has closed but we think it has now been taken over by the Beauty Room
DSCF0054.jpg (34106 bytes) Cosy wear - not exactly the height of fashion, but good for a pair of socks or knickers, and what's wrong with that? DSCF0056.jpg (30753 bytes)Mellon Financial - for when the apples and bananas just aren't big enough for your growing family...

Main Street cars

taxi service.

DSCF0040.jpg (32305 bytes)Moss Pharmacy has just gone very green we notice - no not moss but fresh, minty gloss paint. 
DSCF0057.jpg (29058 bytes)The Kilsyth Credit Union - so you can shop till you drop and then shop some more.... a great place to break the nasty cycle of debt and talk to some people who can help. DSCF0058.jpg (35505 bytes)The Hospice Charity Shop - this has got to be a good cause, and its also great value, so pop in and buy something today!
DSCF0059.jpg (39479 bytes) Market Chambers - various offices DSCF0060.jpg (39072 bytes) Kilsyth Chronicle Offices

Where we would be without them?

alexsplace.jpg (12307 bytes)Alex's Place - a busy cafe and cake shop right by the new Factory Shop. DSCF0062.jpg (33830 bytes) 1869 - the Edmonstone Fountain
DSCF0063.jpg (30670 bytes)Tan-er-iefe - an even worse pun than the Tanfastic - offers the state-of-the-art tanning beds by Market Square DSCF0065.jpg (29160 bytes) Deluxe cuisine - Chinese take away - sadly is temporarily closed following a fire - lets wish the owners all the best and hope it is back trading soon.
The Beauty Room

Serious time to relax in this tiny but amazingly cool therapy suite. I thought I was pretty good looking before I went in, well, how wrong can you be!

The Aberdeen Fish Shop - under new management - offers some of the freshest Scottish produce at the keenest prices - Scallops, kippers, mussels, scallops, oysters, crab, oysters, game, duck eggs - you name it. Delicious fresh gourmet food at keen prices. 
R.A. Cants is a unique Kilsyth emporium - a wonderful range of cards, toys, gifts and bargains lies behind that listed facade. 

(Listed buildings in Kilsyth link)

We got so thirsty shopping we stopped for another swift pint - The Scarecrow offers a wide range of beers and wines, good food, and some of the best company this side of the border. Cheers!
Don't forget your local supermarkets  - Somerfields  offers a great choice of groceries, friendly staff, local message board and small ads, newspapers, videos and some excellent wines and spirits. 

"Somerfields is our favourite" Edith and Bessie Stevenson

A good hairdressers should be a place to relax and feel pampered - Hairwayz is THE popular place to chill out in relaxed surroundings.
There are veg shops and veg shops - but Millers is in the Harrods league for variety, freshness, great service, petfood, quality birdfeeders and competitive prices. Forget the supermarket - this is THE shop to really veg out!  hanifs1.jpg (33297 bytes)Hanif's offers that classic corner shop ambience, a great selection of toys and novelties. Plus tobacco, comics, and everything else you can think of.

"Hanif's is also handy to buy a paper before you go to the bus stop." says Margaret. Well, and so it is.

Blockbusters Video

Who you gonna call? Blockbusters of course!

Hassan's newsagents and general store

 Paterson & Hughes funeral directors, usually have the last word.

tel: 829988 24 hrs.


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See also: Kilsyth Business Directory page, and Kilsyth Farmers Market