Arts & Crafts in Arran

Arran Art Trail

Arran is home to quite a few creatives making a wide variety of art and handicrafts. This trail maps out a couple of dozen studios that you can visit around the island; grab the brochure from the tourist office or s…
Food & Drinks in Connel & Taynuilt

Inverawe Smokehouse & Fishery

Aficionados of smoked salmon should pay a visit to Inverawe Smokehouse and Fishery, 2 miles east of Taynuilt, where local salmon (and trout, herring and venison) is smoked over split oak logs. There’s also an anglin…
Food in Skipness

Skipness Smokehouse

The hot smoked salmon from these folk behind Skipness Castle was one of the highlights of a long-standing seafood restaurant on Arran. That's closed, but you can get hold of it at their new smokehouse here, along wi…
Cosmetics in Brodick

Arran Aromatics

A mile from Brodick on the Lochranza road, this is one of Scotland's more successful island businesses; its soaps, gels and perfumes are found nationwide. The shop smells particularly good.
Sports & Outdoors in Brodick

Arran Active

This sizeable outdoor store in the centre of Brodick is a top spot to stock up on hiking and camping gear. It also stocks a few whiskies, gins and island gifts.
Jewellery in Iona


This shop between the ferry and the abbey makes rather beautiful jewellery pieces using (in many cases) symbols drawn from Iona and its history.
Arts & Crafts in West Coast

Old Byre Visitor Centre

With great views over a grassy sward to the sea beyond, this hillside complex has a shop of high-quality woollen and leather clothing and accessories – a good place for a gift for somebody back home – and a pottery …
Food in Tobermory

Tobermory Fish Co

In a small commercial complex just outside Tobermory on the Salen road, this worthwhile smokehouse and shop offers very toothsome cold-smoked salmon and trout as well as a range of hot-smoked flavours and other good…
Food & Drinks in Bowmore

MA Mackinnons Marmalade

Top-quality whisky marmalade is just the beginning of the home-made treats on offer at this little deli shop in the curious Islay House Square complex, 3 miles northeast of Bowmore at Bridgend. It's well worth a bro…
Food in Gigha

Ardminish Stores

The friendly island shop sells food and petrol and is a good source of information. It also hires bikes (£10/15 for a half-/full day) and has glamping accommodation.