Tourists won’t run out of places to visit in the west coast of Scotland. Known for its rich culture and artisanal products, this region boasts destinations that delight all the senses and allow you to take a piece of them home with you.
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Exploring the west coast of the Scottish Highlands is something everyone should experience in their life — ideally numerous times.
After all, there must be a good reason why millions of people travel here from across the globe.
5 places to visit on the west coast of Scotland
Some of the top reasons include the scenery and the delicious, traditionally produced gins, whisky and vodka from Badachro Distillery which is located in a beautiful, hidden bay near Gairloch in Wester Ross.
With a range of five clear and naturally flavoured fruit gins to choose from, several superbly balanced Highland Single Malt Scotch Whiskies (which sell across the world) and the ‘Wild yet Smooth’ Dancing Puffin Vodka, there are many excuses to visit this fascinating craft distillery for a mini-tour, tasting, presents and take-home treats.
Traditional copper pots are all individually named, as is tradition, and they do all the real work, evaporating and condensing their contents slowly and carefully to produce the smoothest, flavourful spirits. Many of these use local, hand-picked botanicals and pure, soft Highland water.
If you’re not able to make it there personally, you can now enjoy these wonderfully crafted and gorgeous craft spirits from Badachro Distillery’s website.
Made in Argyll
Made in Argyll is a little shop with big ambitions.
Made in Argyll is more than an arts and crafts shop. It is an assembly of some of the area’s greatest creators passionate about bringing you a selection of handcrafted products made with love.
If you’ve had the pleasure of exploring the stunning scenes of Argyll, you will have seen first-hand where the artisans gather the inspiration for their beautiful creations.
From art work to jewellery, knitwear to ornamental pieces, the shop has something for every preference and every pocket. Take your pick today and take a piece of Made in Argyll with you wherever you may roam.
Arran Gift Box
With a busy shop on the Isle of Arran and an even busier website posting gifts across the UK, the Arran Gift Box Company have been delivering their own mix of Arran’s best products and brands in their fantastic Arran Gift Boxes since 2017.
Arran Gift boxes can be sent out anywhere across the UK, and with three different sizes and price points they are proving to be the perfect gift for any occasion.
A typical box contains a range of products including Arran cheese, Arran whisky, Arran gin as well as Arran Sense of Scotland bath, body and home fragrances. There are also chocolates, tablet, oatcakes, tablet and more.
Their shop in Brodick is a must-stop if you visit the island. It stocks not only Arran products but an eclectic mix of small Scottish food, drink and homeware producers, all hand-picked by the Arran Gift Box team to appear in their shop.
And with plans in the not-too-distant future to begin an Arran cheese subscription box, things are looking good.
Visit the Arran Gift Box Company’s website now.
CatStrand Arts & Visitor Centre is a unique venue in the historic Royal Burgh of New Galloway.
Situated in the beautiful Glenkens area at the heart of the Dumfries and Galloway region, New Galloway is the gateway to Galloway Forest Park and the Dark Sky Park.
CatStrand is very proud to be a Visit Scotland 5 Star Arts Venue and has a year-round programme featuring live music, theatre, film, dance and art exhibitions as well as regular workshops, fitness classes and youth activities.
Its licensed Café is open seven days per week during the main season and serves light lunches and home baking. It prides itself on sourcing ingredients from local sources where possible and the bar stocks a good range of locally produced beers and spirits. Dogs are welcome in designated areas of the café and in the popular outdoor seating area.
CatStrand Gift Shop specialises in local arts and crafts and stocks a good range of tourist guides and maps. Local and regional information is always available too.
Check out CatStrand Arts & Visitor Centre’s website.
Arran Sense of Scotland
Inspired by nature, proudly made in Scotland.
For over three decades, Arran Sense of Scotland’s vibrant and evocative fragrance collections are inspired by and made locally at Home Farm on the Isle of Arran.
Each and every one of its cruelty-free bath, body and home fragrance gifts are made using natural ingredients wherever possible. They are prepared to the highest standards and produced with minimal impact on the environment. Every product contains pure water from the Isle of Arran, letting you take home a piece of the island.
Explore the island through their scents, inspired by locations across the Isle of Arran. Feel a rush of energy with invigorating Glenashdale, named after the famous falls, or escape to the silver sands of Kildonan with this beachy scent. Discover the serenity of a summer’s garden following a shower with best-selling After The Rain. Enjoy the refreshing aroma of lime and rose, fused effortlessly with a smooth sandalwood fragrance.
Visit Arran Sense of Scotland in Brodick, Isle of Arran. Experience the heavenly scented world of Arran and discover the moments that capture a true sense of Scotland.
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