Ditch the plastic this Christmas and shop local on Argyll’s Secret Coast. You’ll find artisan produce, crafts and unique experiences that make great gifts - and don’t cost the earth! Here are ten ways to buy Christmas gifts on Argyll’s Secret Coast.
If you’re looking for a really special gift, try Tig Gallery. As well as a wonderful selection of art, you’ll find design-led jewellery, sculpture, textiles, glass and ceramics, much of which is made locally.
Treat someone special to a Spa Experience at Portavadie. How about the Tranquil Touch Spa day, which includes one x 25-minute treatment, a bento box lunch, robes and towel and flip flops and access to the spa and leisure experience?
Check out the textiles and ceramics at The Dairy Gallery at Carry Farm. Fiona McPhail produces knitted textiles using yarn from her Hebridean sheep. She creates a variety of beautiful objects from cushions and tea cosies to foot stools, bags and even a knitted bucket. Her sister Karen makes fabulous, functional pottery.
Write By The Sea
We’ve got the perfect gift for the book lover in your life! Write By The Sea is a new book festival taking place on Argyll’s Secret Coast on 14th & 15th March. A weekend ticket costs just £70 and gives access to all of the author events taking place over the Saturday and Sunday.
Tighnabruaich Sailing School
How about the gift of learning to sail? Tighnabruaich Sailing School has been teaching people to sail in the sheltered waters of the Kyles of Bute for over 50 years. Learn the ropes with a two-day adult dinghy course, which run in May, July and August next year.
Argyll Coffee Roasters
Who wouldn’t want to unwrap some freshly roasted coffee on Christmas morning? Argyll Coffee Roasters hand roasts speciality coffee in Tighnabruaich. As well as a range of seasonal single origins and blends, they also sell coffee kit. They also offer a ‘Gift Subscription’. Choose from a 6-month or 12-month subscription and the lucky recipient will receive a different coffee every month by post.
Northern Lights Cakery
Christmas isn’t Christmas without cake! And the cakes by Northern Lights Cakery are truly wonderful Brighten up Christmas Day with an illuminated cake and build your own gingerbread house. Gluten free and vegan options are available.
Crossroads Pet & Garden Centre
Pop into the Crossroads Pet and Garden Centre at Millhouse to discover a big range of gardening gifts and pet products. There’s also a growing range of other gifts and local products.
Botanica at The Barn
Botanica’s small farm shop is a top spot to pick up some local goodies, including the range of natural skincare products made in Tighnabruaich by Argyll Botany. This Saturday Botanica is hosting a Christmas Fair. As well as a festive menu, there will local stallholders and the shop will be stocked with hand-made wreathes, sourdough bread and other local goodies.
Kilfinan Christmas Fair
And to finish the festive shopping season on Argyll’s Secret Coast, the Kilfinan Christmas Fair is taking place on Sunday 15th. Pop along to the Kilfinan Village Hall from 1pm to 4pm to find more local producers selling food, crafts and other goodies.
Don’t forget there are some great places to stay and eat on Argyll’s Secret Coast and many of them offer gift vouchers.