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For a small area, Sleat offers a diverse variety of shopping opportunities, with everything on offer from original art and designer clothing to gourmet treats and something to take home for the next door neighbour who’s been looking after your plants or pet!

As soon as you step off the ferry at Armadale you can browse the beautiful knitwear and clothing at Ragamuffin, the unique leather goods at Heart of Highland Leather, and the lovely gifts at Skyelark, not forgetting Grumpygeorge’s stunning photographs (he’s not at all grumpy by the way!).  Within a couple of minutes’ walk from the Pier you can see two very different artists’ work. At Bay Pottery Maggie Zerafa creates beautiful handthrown pieces in soft hues, and a little further on Nigel Grounds’ vibrant paintings convey the richness of his island surroundings.

At this point you can turn left and head to the most southerly tip of Sleat, and indeed Skye, and visit Aird Old Church Gallery, enjoying great views across the Sound of Sleat to Morar, Arisaig and Ardnamurchan, and further still to Eigg. This small gallery is home to the watercolours of Peter McDermott which beautifully convey the weather systems that sweep this island.

By now you will need refreshment, so turn around and travel back to Ardvasar, maybe stopping at the Ardvasar Hotel for a meal and a drink before visiting Clan Donald Skye where there are no fewer than three shopping areas to tempt you.

The best thing about shopping in Sleat is that there are stunning views at every turn of the road which make the experience so special, and no more so than by driving the loop road to Tarskavaig where you can visit artist Donald MacKenzie at the Blue Studio for a different view of island life.

Now complete the loop road through Ord and back onto the main road and take the next turning off to the right to Eilean Iarmain.  Here, apart from the atmospheric hotel with stunning views, you can find a pick me up at the Gaelic whiskies, a designer tweed jacket at Floraidh, or some original art at Talla Dearg from whichever artist is exhibiting at the time.

Backtrack slightly to Cruard to find more art and stunning pieces made out of driftwood at Heaven’s Ocean a tranquil little corner of Sleat that you would otherwise not have stumbled upon.

More refreshment will soon be needed, so stay awhile at Eilean Iarmain and enjoy one of the lively, often impromptu, music sessions in the bar, or travel just a little further to Kinloch Lodge for a mouthwatering afternoon tea and the opportunity to buy some of Claire Macdonald’s foodie delights.

Visit Sleat, and you will surely shop ‘til you drop!


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