About Us

If the first things you think of when you hear the words ‘builders’ and ‘merchants’ is endless rows of lifeless pallets of sand and cement as far as the eye can see, then think again.

Thistle Timber & Building is Edinburgh’s Premium Builders Merchants

Yes, Thistle Timber & Building’s branches do have plentiful supplies of the builders’ staple foundations of bricks and mortar, but they also have a refreshingly imaginative outlook, not only on what is offered to the public but also on how it is presented.

Each of our sites encompasses a massive warehouse and yard, housing all the usual products you would expect: paving slabs, bricks, blocks, sand, cement, and timber; plus, unusually for heavy-sided builders merchants, a bit of ironmongery and insulation.

If you’re building a house or an extension, you want to talk to us!

And plenty of folks certainly do! From trade to the public, Thistle Timber & Building supplies products for most major housebuilders, and the company has also catered to smaller outfits with specific needs, such as a nursery looking for sand for its playgrounds.

Thistle Timber & Building Landscaping supplies

Thistle Timber & Building is also a very popular supplier to the general public of bark, topsoil, and decking for domestic gardens.

And certainly, the seasonal attraction at the moment is landscaping. Just walking through the varied display areas, each with its own character and ambiance, can get the imagination working. It’s not just the look of the place that inspires confidence and creativity. The company’s knowledgeable staff can advise public and trade customers on all aspects of the huge variety of stock.

Award Winning Service

Our Gyle branch was named the first Bradstone Premium Paving Centre in Scotland – one of only a handful in the whole of the UK – and in 2009 we were awarded the Builders’ Merchants Award for Excellence in the ‘Independent’ category.

Whether at the Gyle or at the Wisp, if you are an existing or potential customer looking for a specific timber or building material then there is a strong possibility we will have it in stock.

If we don’t then we can almost certainly get it for you. Put us to the test, we are only a phone call away – 0131 669 4125 or 0131 316 5000

Branches & Delivery

You can pick materials up from our depots or we can deliver them to your site or home. We can arrange for large quantities of materials to be delivered direct to site by the manufacturer. We can also arrange crane-offloading facilities when required, check out more on our Branches & Delivery Page.

We accept payment by cash or credit card and we are happy to open Credit Account facilities for Trade.

We accept payment by cash or credit card and we are happy to open Credit Account facilities for Trade and Self Build customers (subject to receipt of acceptable references).

And last, but not least, we are always happy to provide free advice.