The dark days before Christmas are here so now is a good time to start thinking about your christmas shopping. Before you rush off to Amazon and the likes you might want to consider doing some of your Christmas shopping on Islay and support the local businesses. So if you want to support your favourite island read on and check out the great variety of online shops on Islay.
The Islay Celtic Craft shop in Portnahaven also sell their items online through Ebay and you can find a wide selection of Islay and Celtic related items. For an overview visit their Ebay page. Rachel McNeill from Wild and Magic Islay has an online shop where she sells clothes, jewellery made on Islay and Jane Taylor's beautiful whisky prints, have a look here. If children's books are your thing you must visit the website of Ailsa Press, they have some lovely children's books.
Combine soap and whisky and you end up in Ailsa's online shop. You can find a wide range of whisky soaps, special gift packs, creams, scenting candles, balms and other bathing and personal care products. You can visit her online shop at www.spiritedsoaps.com. For those of you with a sweet tooth have a look at Islay tablet shop. The attractive online Islay Shop is another great place where you can find a nice collection of gifts such as Jewellery, calendars, t-shirts and whisky gifts. Continue reading...
The Islay Quilters, as the name already says, manufacture and sell wonderful quality quilts. Their website is loaded with great examples of their fine hand-crafted quilts and other related products. For another type of fabric, tartan from Islay, have a look at the Islay Woollen Mill website which has an online shop with some very nice items such as find first class tartans, blankets, rugs and other products. Elizabeth Sykes has an extensive collection of Batiks for sale online with prints in several categories: Islay Distilleries, Scottish National Trust properties, flowers, (islay) landscapes and birds and flowers.
C&E Roy, The Celtic House, sells various Islay products online. The product range varies from books, glasswork, jewellery, t-shirts and prints. Mark Unsworth from Islay Studios Photography sells his beautiful pictures online and so does James Deane who also sells gift vouchers if you have a hard time deciding which picture you like best. All prints from Mark and James are available mounted and framed. I myself sell the digital files so you can print/frame wherever and whenever you like. For more info visit our Islay Gallery website. The 2016 Ileach calendar is also for sale with a great selection of beautiful Islay Pictures. Visit www.ileach.co.uk for more information or send an email to email@example.com to order direct.
Now what would Christmas be without a special Islay Malt whisky? Lets start at Bruichladdich's online Shop and you will find some very special whiskies. Ardbeg has a great online shop as well with, you guessed it, malt whiskies and other goodies such as scarves, caps, fleeces and a great cycling shirt. Start shopping at www.ardbeg.com. And what to think of Kilchoman, Islay's latest distillery? No different news here either. New spirit for sale online as well as branded gifts, clothing, tweeds and glassware. Have a look at www.kilchomandistillery.com.
Over to Laphroaig, another great online shop with fine whiskies such as the Laphroaig Select or the Laphroaig 18 Year Old, the perfect balanced, full bodied expression which offers a long, sweet and intense finish. All this and more can be found at www.laphroaig.com
Bunnahabhain has online shopping facilities and besides their excellent malts they sell a lot of other goodies including a nice compass and a telescope to find your way home. That's for when you have tasted a bit too much of their fine whisky! And to stay warm they sell a really nice fleece too. Check them out at www.bunnahabhain.com. If you prefer ales why not try Islay Ales from the local brewery as a special Christmas treat.
The Islayinfo bookshop offers a fine collection of Islay books and maps to get you prepared for your visit to Islay next year, or just to learn more about the Queen of the Hebrides and its interesting and rich history.