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Top Choice Ceramics in Tongue to Durness

Lotte Glob Ceramic Studio

Amid the harsh beauty of the coastline, it's quite a surprise to come across this beautifully designed modern 'sculpture croft', where the resident artist takes inspiration from the sea and landscapes. Her pieces (p…
Top Choice Books in Fort William

Highland Bookshop

As well as a good selection of fiction and children's books, this shop stocks a superb range of outdoor-related books and maps covering climbing, walking, cycling, canoeing and other subjects. The upstairs lounge of…
Arts & Crafts in Shetland

Shetland Craft Trail

This association of handicrafts producers publishes a brochure detailing the places around the islands where you can stop to observe spinners, weavers and other craftspeople at work, as well as see and buy their war…
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…
Arts & Crafts in Pitlochry

Melt Gallery

This gallery is a treasure trove of quality Scottish arts and crafts, including polished aluminium jewellery that is handmade in the owner's workshop at the back. Potential purchases include paintings, photography, …
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…
Food & Drinks in Kirkwall

Brig Larder

This excellent produce shop in a noble old central building has fine Orkney meat, fish and cheeses and is perfect for finding posh picnic fare or an edible souvenir. There's also a good selection of expertly marshal…
Arts & Crafts in Duirinish & Waternish

Skye Weavers

Signposted off the main road, a wooden shed on an old croft houses a pedal-powered loom where the owners create hand-woven tweed and turn it into scarves, shawls, throws and other household and fashion items. You ca…
Jewellery in Kirkwall

Sheila Fleet

Orkney's best-known jewellery designer creates some exquisite pieces seemingly lit from within. She draws on local traditions and storytelling for her creations. If you want to see them being made you can visit her …