If you're looking to support local businesses and find unique gifts this holiday season, the Isle of Mull and Isle of Iona have plenty to offer. Here are some recommendations for local shops and products. If you are unable to visit the islands, we have an online shopping guide coming soon!
Aosdàna is a beautiful gallery selling Celtic and contemporary jewellery on the Isle of Iona. From their workshop and studio at the St. Columba Steadings, they continue to use the same techniques as earlier Iona silversmiths to craft the original designs that have remained so popular over the years. Each piece is hand finished and reflects the care and attention only fitting to the historical legacy of the island’s craftsmen and women.
Ardalanish Weavers, South West Mull
Ardalanish Farm is the home of Isle of Mull Weavers, producing a range of beautiful tweeds, from the wool of their native Hebridean sheep. A stunning coastline of white sands and turquoise seas, fringed with flowering machair, is the backdrop to Ardalanish Farm. Here you will find the native Hebridean sheep that provide much of the wool for the beautiful tweeds produced by Isle of Mull Weavers, located in the heart of the farm. All the year round, the workshop is open to visitors to see the amazing sight of the Victorian Dobcross power looms in operation. These looms are fascinating to watch in action; they maintain the highest quality by allowing the overseeing of every inch of cloth produced. Once made into garments, the finished tweeds can last for generations.
Oran Creative Crafts, Iona
Oran Creative Crafts is a retail space in a converted steading, showcasing the work of local designer- makers. The co-operative was established in 2003 by a diverse group of makers who all live and work on the Isle of Iona. The shop has 8 members who showcase their beautiful, locally made crafts, including weaving, crocheting, candles, prints, cards, glasswork, felting and Iona greenstone gifts.
The Picture Gallery, Tobermory
The Picture Gallery features beautiful Scotland and Isle of Mull original paintings by local artistsRonnie Leckie and Aska Marzec. Quality limited edition giclée prints are available both mounted and framed.
Brown’s is a long-established family business located on Tobermory’s iconic Main Street. They sell an eclectic range of hardware, wines & spirits and much, much more!
Calgary Art Gallery and Shop, North West Mull
Calgary Art Gallery and Shop feature an ever-changing collection of artworks by over 30 local artists. A welcoming and inspiring space, showcasing a range of art. The Gallery features a wide range range of art work and local crafts including watercolour, oil and acrylic paintings, printmaking, wood carvings, tin sculptures, shell art, ceramics, wood turning and hand woven baskets. Within the gallery there is a gift shop, where you can pick up beautiful cards, art prints, tea towels and handmade candles and soaps. It’s also a great opportunity to try on locally made jewellery and textiles including scarves, hats and headbands.
Iona Community Shop, Iona
The Iona Community Shop has a fantastic selection of books, crafts, gifts and locally-made cards, candles and jewellery. Their Iona Community Shopbook range includes the Iona Abbey Worship Book, Wild Goose Publications (and music), Scottish history, geography and literature, and children’s books.
Tobermory Fish Company, Tobermory
Tobermory Fish Company are a small smokehouse and retail shop, proud of their hand produced fayre which includes the famous Tobermroy Smoked Trout. The Company uses the finest natural ingredients and carefully crafted recipes to offer unique and delicious tastes. Wonderful fish and shellfish come from the cool, clear waters around the Hebridean Island of Mull.