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What could be more enchanting than spending the festive season on the magical Isle of Skye? Getting all of your holiday shopping done without having to hurry and scurry, that’s what! You’ll fi nd something for everyone on Santa’s list on Skye, including books, clothing, arts and crafts, outdoor gear and more. A popular shop with locals and visitors alike for over 25 years, Ragamuffi n is home to over 100 of the UK’s top knitwear designers. From wild and funky, to simple and elegant, there is something for all ages, sizes and budgets, including fantastic accessories, pottery, gifts and jewellery. Situated on Armadale Pier, Ragamuffi n is an Aladdin’s cave of treasures, with unique and exciting knitwear from all over the globe. Harris Tweed is renowned all over the world, so don’t miss Skye-based designer Louise White’s shop ‘Lou Lou Designs’ in Carbost, where she creates a variety of Harris Tweed handbags – each a one- off design – as well as scarves, brooches, key-rings and custom design Tweed skirts. The Elgol Shop, situated in the Old Man of Storr small remote fi shing village of Elgol, is more than just a village store. They provide a stock of basic essentials for locals, holiday makers and boat trippers. Find a freshly baked selection of cakes, scones and other goodies, as well as soup, fi lled rolls and coffee. While you are there, browse a variety of crafts and gifts from across the Island, from prints, bags, jewellery and cards to name a few. Leather goods always make for popular Christmas gifts, and the Isle of Skye Leather Company is a leather lover’s dream. At this family run business in Sleat on the Armadale Pier, father and son team of Tom and Robbie Hyslop design and create unique items with a Scottish twist. As well as their own handmade bags, belts, sporrans and more, they stock leather goods from around the world. You’ll fi nd fashion bags, cow hides and favourite stocking stuffers such as gloves, wallets and slippers. Stop in or shop online at isleofskyeleatherco.com. You can be assured of the best quality and selection when you shop Skye, not to mention warm island hospitality and friendly customer service. SKYE Shop Local 38


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