The word "Quaich" is derived from the Gaelic word "Cuach" which means 'shallow cup' or as we know it today 'drinking cup'. The quaich originated in the Scotish highlands centuries ago and became the favourite cup throught Scotland. Traditionally, the quaich is used when offering a guest "the cup of welcome" and again when offering the farewell or parting drink. The simple but distinctive design of the Quaich has remained unchanged over the centuries - a shallow bowl with two handles known as 'lugs'. The original Quaichs were made of wood and later leather. These have now been superceded by pewter and silver.