Shopping & Crafts

The Blue Letterbox - Port Ellen

Blue Letterbox, Port Ellen

Not just a handy Post Office as it also has a wide selection of made on Islay Arts & Crafts including wood, tweed, ceramics, jewellery, wool and paintings. You can also find books of local interest, maps, tourist information, cards and stationary.

Telephone: 01496 300123

The Celtic House, Bowmore

Lots of quality gifts, a wide selection of books, clothing, crockery and a handy coffee and cake shop upstairs too.

Telephone: 01496 810304

Tormisdale Croft Crafts

A working croft, a scenic drive on single tracked roads on the West Coast of Islay, but worth the trip. Quality hand crafted gifts most made from natural local resources such as hand spinning, stick making, lace making, painting and articles made from stag horn.

Telephone: 01496 860239

Islay House Square

Is a good place to browse as it’s the location of several speciality and craft shops as well as the Islay Ales brewery and the Nerabus Gin shop. Islay Quilters make fabulous quilts and run workshops too. A Glass Artist and a Wood workshop also reside in the square and the glass artist runs frequent workshops. Mrs Mackinnon’s Marmalade shop has lots of Islay Food goodies and also makes up hampers to Order. The Square is also home to Mark Unsworth’s Photography gallery, full of amazing photos and artworks to take home as well as lots of unusual gifts and cards and is a good place to pop in for tea and cake too. There is also a Professional Laundry should you also need to get some chores done!

Spirited Soaps, Bowmore

A lovely little shop stocked full of unique hand crafted Islay Whisky soaps, bath products and gift hampers.

Telephone: 01496 810938

Islay Woollen Mill

This family concern produces an excellent range of top quality woven fabrics to discerning clients as well as for many Film productions. The Mill Shop is open from Monday to Saturday and features a wide selection of both Woollen Mill clothing, products and quality souvenirs. Knowledgeable staff can also guide you through the weaving process, a sight for all the senses when it’s in full production! Keep a look out for the photographs on the walls of all the Film productions they have clothed.

Telephone: 01496 810563

Outback Gallery – Sanaigmore

Located on one of the most remote locations on Islay the gallery stocks and sells, jewellery, prints, cards, ceramics, sculptures and original paintings by local artists. It also offers coffee and cakes too.

Telephone: 01496 850259

Islay Whisky Shop -

Shore Street, Bowmore

A great little supermarket & Deli with probably the best selection of Whisky bottles to buy on the island! They stock a large range of Islay Malts and other Scottish Whiskies and also some very interesting limited bottlings too. Friendly owner and staff who can also help to recommend other Whiskies to try too. Definitely worth a browse, to stock up on essentials of all sorts and also a good place to buy a bottle or two to take home.