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Love shopping for local produce? The islands offer great shopping and food and drink experiences. Eclectic art galleries, fabulous pottery, crafts, designer knitwear, gourmet foods, handmade bath products are just a few of the unique things you can pick up on your travels.

Try some of these island shopping opportunities and pick up some great local goods for you or as a gift.

A Taste of Arran

Isle of Arran

A Taste of Arran brings together a whole collective of food producers on the island. Shop online for local haggis, Arran tablet cheese, jams, and oatcakes - you can even have a hamper delivered to your holiday cottage, for a delicious start to your break.

W: www.taste-of-arran.co.uk

 

Arran Aromatics

Isle of Arran

From the lime, rose and sandalwood body lotion to the cedarwood and citrus room spritz, Arran Aromatics is a cornucopia of scented products for him, her, and home. Just outside Brodick, it makes a perfect stop for gifts and treats.

W: www.arran.com

 

Arran Graphics

Isle of Arran

Been up Goatfell? Get the T-shirt here. Arran Graphics have a range of souvenirs and crafty gifts, from pin badges and iron-patches to keyrings, thimbles and mugs. Find it next to the Arran Brewery, at the foot of Goatfell.

W: http://www.arrangraphicsonline.com/

 

Arran Rocks

Isle of Arran

Shop for a distinctive range of Arran Rocks goods, from bold T-shirts to bottle-openers and tote bags - all with a humorous take on famous Arran landmarks. Essential for getting the whole family in holiday uniform.

W: https://arranrocks.co.uk/

 

Electric Bakery

Isle of Bute

A classic Scottish bakery: try the pies, cakes and sticky iced buns, with a strong cup of tea on the side. The full Scottish breakfast is well-regarded, and one reviewer on TripAdvisor reckons the scones are, controversially, better than anything you'll find in Devon. Find it on Montague Street in Rothesay.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Electric-Bakery/142671592476656

 

Isle of Bute Candle Co

Isle of Bute

Inspired by Bute's landscape, these handmade candles come with scents such as island gorse, warm musk, and plum and bramble. The soya wax gives the candles a long-lasting scent, and the wood wicks crackle as they burn.

W: https://www.isleofbutecandles.com/

 

Islay Woollen Mill

Isle of Islay

With top-quality fabrics woven on two Victorian looms, The Islay Woollen Mill is the place to go for exceptional tweed. The original mill was established in 1883, then re-opened in 1981. It's still family-run. Fun fact: they made all the kilts for Braveheart.  

W:http://www.islaywoollenmill.co.uk/

 

An Gleann Tablet

Isle of Islay

A true cottage industry, An Gleann Tablet is made by hand in small batches at home, just outside Port Charlotte. The tablet is flavoured with local ingredients, which in this case means lashings of Islay and Jura Single Malt Whisky.

W: http://www.angleann.co.uk/new/

 

Island Blue

Isle of Mull

Founded by photographer Martin Guppy, Island Blue produces calendars, postcards and prints of works by some of the best artists and photographers on the west coast islands. You'll recognise the distinctive styles of Jolomo and Anthony Barber - plus renditions of Tobermory's unmistakable shorefront houses.

W: http://www.island-blue.com/

 

Isle of Mull Soap Co.

Isle of Mull

Take a scent of Mull home with you - with soaps scented with everything from heather and wild lavender to hot toddy. The Isle of Mull Soap Company uses essential oils and botanicals in their cold process soap, plus glycerine and shea butter to cleanse and moisturise. Perfect after a muddy day in the hills.

W: https://www.isleofmullsoap.scot/

 

Island Bakery Organic

Isle of Mull

Spotted the delicious lemony shortbread biscuits on our ferries? Chances are they're from the Island Bakery. These bakers don't just use organic ingredients - they also use local sources of renewable heat power. So you're doing your bit with each delicious, crumbly bite.

W:http://www.islandbakery.co.uk/

 

Isle of Mull Shortbread

Isle of Mull

Made by hand in a bakery at the head of Loch Cuin, Isle of Mull Shortbread is irresistible. You'll find a box or two in shops around the island - or order a batch online to have it delivered to your door.

W:http://www.shortbread-biscuits.com/

 

Isle of Skye Chocolate

Isle of Skye

Skye's master chocolatiers source their cacao from small producers around the world - giving their handmade chocolates a dark, rich and intense flavour. Other ingredients include Isle of Skye sea salt and heather honey: best order a mixed box of truffles, to get the measure of the lot.

W:http://www.skyechocolate.com/

 

Isle of Skye Fudge

Isle of Skye

Skye fudge is made according to an age-old family recipe: cooked slowly in open pans, with Scottish salted butter and full cream condensed milk for rich colour and intense flavour. It's firm, smooth, slightly grainy - and extremely moreish.

W:http://www.skyefudge.co.uk/

 

Oban Chocolate Co.

Oban

How about a chilli chuffle? Or a Marmite-flavoured chocolate? The bold flavours of the Oban Chocolate Company are the result of a particularly playful and innovative approach by founders Helen and Stewart. It's been voted one of the top ten most delicious chocolate shops in Europe, and the best coffee shop in the North West of Scotland: two excellent reasons to stop off for a taste.

W: https://obanchocolate.co.uk/

 

Hebridean Kitchen

North Uist

The Hebridean Kitchen started with jams and preserves - just the thing to spread thickly over toast on a rainy afternoon - and the chefs have expanded their repertoire to include biscuits and tablet too. See the full range at the café at Claddach Kirkibost.

W:http://www.hebrideankitchen.co.uk/

 

Stag Bakery

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis

A small island bakery supplying biscuits to the world, Stag produce a range of intriguing flavours, from seaweed oatcakes to smoked Dunlop cheese straws. They make tasty platforms for Hebridean smoked salmon, a Barra prawn, or even a little Stornoway black pudding. Look out for the biscuits and oatcakes in shops across the west coast islands.

W:http://www.stagbakeries.co.uk/

 

Buth Bheag Candle Co.

Isle of Harris

These hand-poured candles are made on Harris, with scents that include lemongrass and ginger, or bergamot, coconut and vanilla. The name is Gaelic for 'little shop', and each collection of candles and diffusers has a Gaelic name - so you can take a little of the language home with you. 

W:https://buthbheagcandleco.uk/

 

Harris Tweed products

Isle of Harris

No visit to the Outer Hebrides is complete without Harris Tweed: the fabric that has made the islands famous around the world. You'll find a huge range of colours and styles to choose from, as well as a range of jackets, gilets, skirts, ties and bags. The fabric is hand-woven by a collection of weavers across the islands, just as it always has been.

W:http://www.harristweedandknitwear.co.uk/

 

Artisan Map Suppliers
  1. Lewis - Award winning Stornoway black pudding, delicious bakery products

  2. Skye - Handmade chocolate & tablet, whisky and ales

  3. Barra - Freshly landed haddock, cod and hake

  4. Mull - Melt in the mouth biscuits, gin

  5. Argyll - Freshly smoked salmon, cheese, ales, gin and whisky

  6. Colonsay - Handcrafted ales and gin

  7. Bute - Freshly baked cakes and ales

  8. Islay - Irresistible Islay tablet, world renowned whisky, ales and gin

  9. Arran - Island made ice cream, tablet, whisky, chocolate and ales

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