Angora Ecosse is located at Doire Aonar, on the North coast road on the way to Shieldaig. The craft shop sells wool, fibre, and other crafts and is well worth a visit.
Among the goods for sale are:
Hand knitted jumpers and cardigans in home produced Hebridean and Angora wools.
Local sheepskins and fleeces.
Shawls, stoles and scarves in leacewools.
Mrs M Calcott
Croft Wool is located on the road to Shieldaig about 9 miles from Applecross, just past Cuaig, and definitely worth a visit. It is run by Thomas and Leslie Kilbride who have a long and vast experience with spinning, dyeing and weaving. Thomas and Leslie live and work on their croft at Ri-Aulaidh with their special flock of Gotland sheep which provide the raw wool for their handmade products, knitwear and weaving.
The quality of the wool is down to the terrain that the sheep are living on which is sparse and rocky, with heather covering both the hillside and seashore, the main part of their diet being seaweed.
Once a year, during the summer the sheep are gathered from the hills and brought back to be sheared on the croft. The wool is then spun and dyed or left natural to produce a fantastic selection of original, handmade items for their craft shop. The wool is a natural grey Arran knitting wool which is made into hand knitted jumpers and hats, also handwoven scarves, rugs and cloth are for sale. Also for sale is a selection of knitwear and weaving produced by other hand spinners and weavers in the local area.
If you are interested in learning more about the technique of hand spinning or hand dyeing Thomas and Leslie run courses throughout the year on many traditional crafts and would be happy to hear from you.
You can contact them on 01520 755260
Shards Stained Glass is located in Arrina on the Northern Coast road, 15 miles from Applecross and 10 miles from Shieldaig. It is open most days from 9am till 6pm from Easter till October, but like many people in a small community Mourney has many other hats and advises that you phone on 01520 755 231 if you are travelling any distance to avoid disappointment. Follow the bright yellow signs as you approach Arrina, turn into the village and it is the first house on the left. Ignore the barking dogs!
Mourney specialises in the copper foil technique which allows a lot of detail to be incorporated into each design, drawing inspiration from the varied wildlife and natural surroundings.
The different types of glass give different types of effects depending on the sunlight. Streaky or wispy glass still shows colour and texture, even without direct or strong sunlight and cathedral glass needs direct sunlight to show its rich colour to best effect.
The colours are permanent and do not fade
Sun catchers are an attractive addition to a window and brighten up any room on the cloudiest day, an added bonus to any wildlife lover is that they are a deterrent to all birds, stopping them from flying into the window.
The attractive sun catchers will make an excellent present to take home for yourself as a great way to remember your holiday or for a friend with the added bonus of being Hand Made in Arrina.
This picturesque little building located where the Bealach Road reaches sea level is now an attractive gift shop selling jewellery and a particularly attractive range of gifts. Previously this building really was a coal shed wher the local supply of coal, brought to the neraby pier by puffer, was stored.
The jewellery is made locally by Sue Groocock and are many of the craft items are also made locally.
Applecross General Store has been open since 2010, run by Seanag and Ally who have a great reputation as being the most helpful shopkeepers in the West! Understanding how difficult it can be to get the items that you love, they will go out of there way to help. But in such a well stocked shop you will more than likely find what you are looking for. Along with the basics of bread and milk or anything for the packed lunch before you go on that long scenic walk, even a nice bottle of wine, as a treat!
Also in stock are the papers delivered daily, fresh fruit and vegetables, canned products, everything you may need for the car, oil, screen wash, power steering oil, Diesel oil. Gas for your camper van, small bar- b- ques to take advantage of great weather, frozen meats from the local butcher in Lochcarron.
Also available are postcards and a few local crafts for last minute souvenirs, the list is endless!!
The Shop is located at Camusteel. As you enter the village you will see brown signs for the shop, keep following them past the Hotel and Shore Street, past Millton and round the Loch. At the fork in the road, take a right and the first building on the right is the shop
Hours in the winter are:
Monday to Saturday 9 am till 5.30 pm
May alter slightly during the summer months
Monday: 9.00am -12.00pm
Wednesday: 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Thursday: 9.00am- 12.00pm
Friday: 9.00am – 12.00pm