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Open up all your senses to discover the Scottish Highlands & Islands

© Shutterstock / Tomas MarekScottish Highlands panorama

There are so many ways to experience the Scottish Highlands and Islands — from having a taste of the local fresh seafood to getting a feel of the world-famous Scottish tweed. Let us show you how this irresistible place can appeal to all of your senses.

Harris Tweed

Harris Tweed® is handwoven in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland from pure virgin wool.
Not only is the wool spun and dyed on the Island, the Tweed has to be hand woven at the weavers own home. Harris Tweed® is the only tweed in the world governed by Act of Parliament 1993, which safeguards the fabric.

Nestled in the bustling heart of Tarbert, Isle of Harris, the family-run business specialises in all things Harris Tweed® — cloth, clothing, hats, bags, accessories and gifts in a wide range of patterns and colours.

Their bags and accessories are made with Harris Tweed® and real leather, apart from their Vegan collection.

The brand also sells the cloth from 1/4 of a metre suitable for various craft projects. Worldwide shipping is also available.

Take a look at Harris Tweed® website or call 01859 502040 / 502505.

Karen Duncan

Karen Duncan necklace

Karen Duncan was born in Orkney and grew up on Burray, one of the southern isles of Orkney.  While still at school, she started making jewellery.  Her hobby grew into a passion and then a full-time profession spanning over 30 years.  From her workshop on the island of Burray, Karen creates distinctive and beautifully finished pieces, which incorporate geometric shapes and intricate detail, inspired by the shapes and textures of the Orkney landscape and its rich heritage.

With stunning views overlooking Water Sound and one of the Churchill Barrier’s which link her home island of Burray to the Orkney mainland, Karen’s workshop is where she is happiest. The view from the window provides daily inspiration for new designs, allowing Karen to experiment with different textures and colours, perfecting each piece before it is crafted, finished and packaged up ready for sale.  Her versatility, understanding of materials and attention to detail result in jewellery made with passion, care and precision, delivered from her home to yours.

Find out more by visiting Karen Duncan’s website.

The Harbour Kitchen

Dish cooked in The Harbour Kitchen

The Harbour Kitchen is a beautiful restaurant on the Isle of Lewis situated in the Western isles largest town ship of Stornoway. A stone’s throw from the main ferry terminal and a short drive from the airport, it would be rude not to stop and sample some of its culinary delights.

An award-winning restaurant that prides itself in serving locally sourced seafood — from hand dived scallops to langoustines and lobsters caught in the wild from the pristine, rich waters of the Outer Hebrides off the West coast of Scotland.

Alongside its delectable seafood, the restaurant offers a gantry of Scotland’s finest spirts, gin and whiskey, including many from Outer Hebrides bespoke distilleries. Make sure you ask about their Whisky of the Month!

The restaurant’s menu is ever changing and bookings fill up fast so make sure you call or email its friendly staff in advance to book your table. Follow the Harbour Kitchen on Facebook to keep up with its specials!

Hebridean Sea Tours

Panorama promoting Hebridean Sea Tours - discover the Scottish Highlands

Hebridean Sea Tours provide access to some of the most awe-inspiring locations and sights along the West of Scotland. Between 50 and 100 miles off the coast, nestled along the edge of the North Atlantic Ocean, the Outer Hebrides and St Kilda Archipelago offer unique opportunities to witness wildlife, giant sea cliffs, remote beaches and to step into Scotland’s cultural history.

Hebridean Sea Tours offer a range of trips designed to satisfy every client’s need, from gentle sightseeing to supporting more adventurous pursuits. Whether you are seeking the history of abandoned villages, the rarest sea birds or the drama of rocky shores.

All crew members are fully trained and qualified. Safety comes first and everything is done to ensure your journey is as safe and enjoyable as possible.

Visit Hebridean Sea Tours website: tours are also available for charter if you would like your own itinerary. They can also accommodate island transfers.

Ragamuffin

Model wearing Ragamuffin jacket in the field

With its signature colourful knitwear and relaxed, natural clothing, Ragamuffin has been delighting locals and visitors to its store in Armadale, Isle of Skye, for more than 40 years.

Alongside Scottish and Irish knitwear and accessories, Ragamuffin stocks clothes from all over Europe, America, Japan and India. It prides itself on looking forward and evolving its collection year on year.

Ragamuffin advocates the “laganlook” — layering clothes and playing with texture and proportion to create unique outfits that can be worn multiple ways. Ragamuffin loves people to go out looking like individuals and mix clothes from different designers to create something new and inspired. It is also a strong advocate of sustainable and timeless fashion.

For those looking for something Scottish to take home, you won’t be disappointed as Ragamuffin always has a beautiful selection of knitwear, gifts and accessories made in Scotland.

Visit Ragamuffin website to discover more! The shop also stocks a great selection of men’s knitwear and accessories too!