The Moniaive Chocolatiers

Our Premises

Set in the very heart of Thornhill, a picturesque village where the River Nith tumbles out of the Lowther hills, this is our fifth shop we’ve had since we were founded in 2009.

After initially operating from the kitchen of our founder Liz Cole, we’ve outgrown every premises we’ve had so far, including all the available spaces in the nearby village we take our name from, Moniaive – so we’re now based in this airy and beautiful shop.

Once a newsagents with a vast array of sweeties loved by the local schoolchildren, we now have those same schoolchildren visiting us as grown adults, viewing our selection of chocolate with the same wide-eyed wonder they once held for the jars of cola cubes or sherbert lemons!

(We don’t have cola cubes or sherbert lemons any more, but we do have tablet, similar to fudge but as every Scot will tell you, much nicer. Try some today!)

These days, we have all the space we need to make chocolate with enough left over to display our entire range of bars, bagged and filled chocolates. It also gives us the opportunity to run chocolate-making workshops, so if you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make chocolate – contact us for more details (the page will be added to our website soon).

If you fancy visiting us, there’s more to Thornhill than just a fantastic chocolate shop – here’s some of our favourite local attractions:

Drumlanrig Castle & Gardens – as well as being a spectacular castle with beautiful gardens, there’s an adventure playpark, and hiking & mountain biking trails that stretch for miles.

Fishing in the River Nith – a glorious trout river, contact us for details of the local guides.

Tynron Doon – an Iron Age fort with stunning views over the valley. It’s a very steep hike so not for the faint-hearted, but we assure you the views are worth it!

Durisdeer – a gorgeous little village set on the Roman pass through the hills, a great base for hiking.

Moniaive – our namesake village that has been called one of the best places to live in the UK. We’re not sure how easy that is to judge, however the Craigdarroch pub claims to have the largest beer garden in Scotland, take a visit and find out if that’s true!

We hope to see you soon!

We’re going to add some more pictures, both inside and out, next time we get the chance. That will, however, require a sunny day, and we are based in south-west Scotland, so…!