Arts & crafts
Bay Pottery, Armadale
The Bay Pottery is located a short stroll away from the ferry terminal at Armadale. Whether you've just arrived from Mallaig, are waiting to leave, or are just visiting the area, then popping into the studio here is highly recommended.
Maggie Zerafa designs, makes and sells some really wonderful stoneware pottery ranging from huge platters and bottles to amazing little salt cellars (of a clever design that I had never come across before I saw them here).
Take a look at the sort of stuff you can find on the pottery's own website
The pottery at Edinbane produces and sells high quality, handcrafted pottery. It really is wonderful stuff, and I've probably got rather too much of it around my own house. I particularly like the “Len’s Slap Dash” design, but have a look at the range and make up your own mind. I'd be very surprised if you can't find something you like here.
Isle of Skye Soap Company, Portree
The Isle of Skye Soap Company is too easy to miss, tucked away as it is along a small lane just off the north side of Somerled Square in Portree. Worth seeking out though, whether for treating yourself or buying gifts. They make and sell hand crafted aromatherapy soaps, bath bombs, oils and lots of other treats. All of the product is beautifully presented. This is a wonderful little shop, and it always smells heavenly!
Shilasdair Yarns, Waternish
Hand spun, naturally dyed Scottish wool, made up into stunning designer knitwear – some so beautiful they should be hung on the wall as a piece of art!
Find Shilasdair in Lower Halistra, Waternish. It's at NG240593. You can follow the brown signs from Fairy Bridge.
And here is the Shilasdair website.
Skyelight Candles, Staffin
Skyelight Candles in Staffin is a great place to find a gift, a souvenir of just a treat for yourself. The candles they make on the premises look good and smell wonderful, with the scents of the island to the fore. You can watch and even have a chat about the candle making process as you choose what you want - and you'll be spoilt for choice.
There is other locally made stuff for sale here too and all of it is worth a look.
Find the workshop/shop behind the Staffin Free Church of Scotland - here.
Skyeskyns tannery and showroom sells a selection of beautiful, natural sheepskin fleeces. And there are rugs to roll on, gilets to snuggle into in winter, gloves, hats, slippers - almost anything you could make from the outside of a sheep.
The tour round the workshop is well worth your time - especially on a wet and windy day...
They are located in Waternish, at NG264569, about 100m after turning right at the Stein T-junction.
Skye Weavers, Glendale
The pedal powered loom
At 18 Fasach in Glendale, Roger and Andrea produce a range of really fine quality tweed textiles on their pedal-powered loom. They make scarves and wraps, throws, clothing and furnishings. The colours and patterns are quite beautiful - and very much inspired by the local environment.
A visit to Skye Weavers is much more than just a shopping opportunity. The production process is fascinating, and some of the cobbled together home-made machinery is amazingly effective. The warping mill is based on a repurposed tractor rake!