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Celebrate the
Year of Creative
Scotland 2012
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Made on Skye.
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Té Bheag Unchilfiltered Limited Edition from Gaelic Whiskies - Isle of Skye
Price: £31.50
Festivities, particularly Hogmanay, without a fine dram of whisky is almost unthinkable in Scotland. So it seems only natural that we recommend one of the best at this time of year! Gaelic Whiskies – Isle of Skye is one of the few remaining family businesses in the Scotch whisky industry, and the only one currently headquartered in the Hebrides. Established in 1976 by Sir Iain Noble it sought to help create employment on the Island and provide an authentic whisky for the Gaelic speaking islands of Scotland. In keeping with traditional methods, most of their whiskies are Unchilfiltered. This is the authentic production method used originally by the Gaels when they first invented whisky. In using this method all of the natural ingredients are retained resulting in a smoother, softer flavour. Gaelic Whiskies have launched a limited edition product within the Gaelic Whisky range. They bottled a new version of their connoisseurs’ blend, Té Bheag! The award winning blend has been bottled at 43%, offering a richer flavour and a longer, smoother finish. The whisky is elegantly packaged in a deluxe black and gold tube, making it the ideal gift. At a price of £31.50, including UK delivery & a 10% Christmas discount, this fantastic whisky is excellent value too!

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Té Bheag Unchilfiltered Limited Edition


Marsco Jacket from Cioch Direct
Price: £225.00
These made to order versatile pullovers can be used as a stand alone waterproof, windproof or mid-layer under a heavier jacket. The optional side zips allow ventilation and a simple fold-away hood gives extra protection. The added hand-warmer tunnel pockets are a great feature. Marsco comes in a variety of colours, please contact the shop direct so they can help tailor the jacket to your exact requirements. A great all year round garment for just about any activity!

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Marsco Jacket


Standing Gannet from Ian Williams, Brae Fasach Gallery
Price: £20.00
Skye artist Ian Williams, creates unique paintings, sculptures, poetry and music from his Waternish based Brae Fasach Gallery. This beautiful ‘Standing Gannet’ print can be bought in various sizes. The gannets are currently swooping around the coast of Skye, diving from a height of 30 metres, sometimes achieving speeds of 100Km/h as they strike the water, enabling them to catch fish much deeper that most airborne birds. Take a look at the other items on his online shop or pop into the gallery and join Ian for a cuppa and a chat.

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Standing Gannet


Blue Horizon Open Neck Smock from Skye Batiks
Price: £78.00
Our famous fishermen smocks are made right here on Skye from beautiful, colourful hand loomed cotton. The open neck features a collared v-shape neckline and two generous front pockets. Blue Horizon conjures up images of, well, blue horizons! This fabulous fabric features a mid shade of purple enhanced by a subtle smattering of pink, green and lemon. Made from hand loomed cotton they are hard wearing and like most things they improve with age. Our smocks are machine washable on a cool cotton cycle and with every wash will become softer and softer. We have been making these for years and as someone once said, ‘They’re very addictive’.

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Blue Horizon Open Neck Smock


Blue Stoneware Quaich from The Uig Pottery
Price: £15.00
Quaich’s are always popular and Uig Pottery's is a great choice for yourself or as a gift for someone special. Small and very affordable, it’s easy to pack in your bag while you’re travelling. Made from stoneware and finished in a colour that captures the blueness on a bright sunny Skye day, its decoration is inspired by Celtic knot work so prevalent on the islands. Available in a choice of colours it can also be personalised for a very individual wedding gift or other special occasion. If you are not traveling to the island soon the quaichs are available in their online shop, where you can also view Uig Pottery’s extensive range of stoneware inspired by the heritage, environment and wildlife of Skye. If you are lucky enough to visit Skye and the Uig Pottery you can even try your hand at throwing or decorating a pot yourself!

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Blue Stoneware Quaich


Bladderwrack, Seaweed in the Sunshine from Diana MacKie Contemporary Landscape Artist
Price: £0.00
This image has been in progress for three months. The challenge of the sun catching the wet surface of the bladder rack seaweed proved to be very challenging. Diana wanted to retain the visibility through the shallow water that was crystal clear. Canvas prints of any size to order. Limited editions of 200 per image. Limited edition prints Mounted image [large] 70 x 68 cms approx including mount £190.00 Mounted image [small] 46 x 39 cms approx including mount £100.00 Framed large image £385.00 Framed small £200.00 Canvas prints by quotation. Please contact Diana if you have any questions or queries.

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Bladderwrack, Seaweed in the Sunshine


Puffin on a Rock from Julie Whatley at Edinbane Pottery
Price: £295.00
We love this painting by Julie Whatley, Puffin on a Rock, which is just one from her range of original seabird paintings (also available as greetings cards). Her paintings depict the freedom and flight of the numerous seabirds that busy themselves around our coastal colonies particularly in Spring and Summer. The iconic puffin, everyone’s favourite, is skilfully drawn, capturing wonderfully the unique colouring and curious, almost clumsy, movement of this comical wee bird. That it can fly with its wonderful oversized beak is simply amazing! Julie also has a collection of more abstract paintings inspired mainly by the environment of Skye, especially sea and shore. Flotsam and jetsam, rocks, sea creatures, plants, and the light on the water all make vibrant subjects. She also loves ceramics and potting and has created the "Beachcomber" and "Limpet" ranges of tableware and makes one-off pieces. All of her work is available at The Edinbane Pottery workshop and shop which is a ‘MUST VISIT’ while on the island. In the meantime you can browse the range and buy online at their website too.

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Puffin on a Rock


Harris Tweed Hip Flask from Ten10 Creations
Price: £18.00
Ten10 Creations have designed these ‘on trend’ stylish 6oz hip flasks finished with beautiful Harris Tweed, and packaged in a satin lined presentation box they make an ideal gift for Him or Her. Equally at home in the pocket of a traditional hunting jacket or the backpack of younger reveller in funky festival wellies, these hip flasks span all generations and style trends, to make a great accompaniment on anyone’s outdoor get-together this Year of Natural Scotland. Harris Tweed woven in the mills of the islands, is a trademarked brand that originates from the wild landscapes and local heritage of Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides. Made from local wool and dyed in colours that capture the inspiration of the local landscape, it can only be branded Harris Tweed, if it’s made here. Using this luxury fabric of provenance, Doreen, owner of Ten10 creations, makes beautiful hats, bags and contemporary accessories from laptop bags to i-phone covers, all in her Isle of Skye home. Visit the online shop to browse the full range and treat yourself today.

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Harris Tweed Hip Flask


Heart Snuggle from Skyeskyns
Price: £59.00
These hand-made cosy hot water-bottle covers, each with their own unique design are a must have for anyone wanting to keep warm at night. There are other designs of Snuggle, but we thought this one was so appropriate for Valentines Day. Smaller snuggles are available for children. All of Skyeskyns products are produced in their island workshop in north-west Skye. Visitors to the shop are transported back in time to witness how sheepskins are made using time honoured methods of leather making - one of the oldest crafts known to man. Here you can enjoy a free guided tour of the workshop where you will see all the traditional implements used by the Tanner: the beam, paddles, racks and buffing wheel, horse and iron as well as the lengthy hand finishing processes, which help to create the world famous Highland hand-combed fleece, which is exclusive to Skyeskyns.

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Heart Snuggle


Heaven in a box from Isle of Skye Chocolate
Price: £7.50
Made with passion on the Isle of Skye – each handmade chocolate is inspired by chocolate coloured sunsets, a stunning mountain landscape dominated by the Black Cuillin ridge, and an ever changing seascape that reflects the magical quality of island life. Whether you are a traditionalist and opt for a milk chocolate orange truffle or a bit more adventurous and go for a hot chilli and hint of ginger, you are sure to find the perfect centre to tempt your taste buds. Not only do these chocolates taste sublime, they look irresistible too with an array of tasteful toppings. You can purchase these delights in boxes of either 12, 18 or 24 truffles. The choice is yours – go on and treat yourself.

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Heaven in a box


CELTIC QUAICH from Duncan House Workshop and Gallery
Price: £1,500.00
Embrace heritage and custom with this exquisite Quaich, or Celtic drinking cup, crafted by Garth Duncan at Duncan House. Traditionally used to welcome guests, offer toasts or to share a farewell drink, it is a fine tradition that continues today. Garth says "The design of the Quaich is ingenious. When used in covenant making, vow exchanging or deal striking, one must lift and drink from the wee cauldron using two hands. Reminding the deal makers that if both do not keep up their ends, the precious contents of the Quaich is lost,…and there’s nothing we hate more than spilling a dram". Crafted from 5000 year old bog oak and finely engraved sterling silver, Garths skilled and meticulous craftsmanship, results in this most beautiful piece. There are so many occasions in Scottish custom where a quality Quaich would still be used today to offer a toast. If you have a special occasion ahead this year, then one of Garths exceptional Quaich’s would be certain to add a touch of Highland ceremony to your most memorable moment. Often drawing his inspiration from traditional Pictish symbols and Celtic knotwork, he also enjoys crafting contemporary jewellery or embracing the challenge of new commissions. Garth alloys all his own gold and silver, sets high quality diamonds and gemstones, and utilises many different skills and processes to make all his pieces at his workshop in The Steading at Strathaird. All Duncan House products are genuinely made on Skye.

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CELTIC QUAICH


Silver Old Man of Storr Cufflinks from Sean Cameron Jewellery
Price: £94.00
We love these exquisite cufflinks from Sean's contemporary Cufflinks and Kiltpins collection. Inspired by the iconic Old Man of Storr on Skye, Sean Cameron has produced an eye catching pair of cufflinks, which are simply perfect for the outdoor guy in your life! Sean, a Sgithanach himself, began working as a jeweller in 1999 and has not stopped learning since, creating a unique and striking collection. He takes most of his creative inspiration from the majestic surroundings of the island and its outdoor heritage. For followers of shinty you will love the kilt pins and tie pins. Whether you are looking for a Christmas gift for someone special or a treat for yourself, you can select from one of Sean’s own designs or create a bespoke item of your own. These cufflinks are also available in 9ct and 18ct gold.

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Silver Old Man of Storr Cufflinks


 
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