Shop Ar­ran

Your guide to the best shop­ping on Ar­ran through­out the Shop Ar­ran week­end

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Bar­gain hun­ters are in for a treat this week­end as shops across the is­land get into the fes­tive spirit by of­fer­ing en­tic­ing deals, dis­counts and spe­cial sur­prises dur­ing the Xmas Shop Ar­ran week­end.

Tak­ing place through­out the week­end, start­ing to­day, Fri­day, and last­ing un­til Sun­day, the ini­tia­tive also of­fers shop­pers a chance to win a fan­tas­tic Christ­mas prize draw by vis­it­ing six par­tic­i­pat­ing stores and col­lect­ing six stamps.

With more than 27 busi­nesses tak­ing part the Xmas Shop Ar­ran week­end has grown into an is­land wide ini­tia­tive aimed at en­cour­ag­ing shop­pers to buy lo­cally and sup­port lo­cal busi­nesses by of­fer­ing dis­counted goods, spe­cial of­fers and fes­tive cheer.

And with more shops and busi­nesses tak­ing part than ever, there will be some­thing for ev­ery­one - from the stock­ing filler shop­per to the com­plete Christ­mas shop­per. Sell­ing ev­ery­thing from ev­ery­day sta­ples to unique hand crafted prod­ucts to tasty treats and in­dul­gent spoils, there is hardly any need to go on­line when good qual­ity items at re­duced prices are right on your doorstep. For those who are just out and about and en­joy­ing the at­trac­tions in the lo­cal vil­lages, be sure to look out for a num­ber of ho­tels and restau­rants who are also join­ing in on the fun.

Start­ing in Brod­ick on the well es­tab­lished Xmas Shop Ar­ran trail and go­ing clock­wise around the is­land, all of the par­tic­i­pat­ing stores will be suit­ably dec­o­rated with Xmas Shop Ar­ran posters, bal­loons and dec­o­ra­tion. Some might even tempt you with a re­fresh­ing glass of Prosecco or mulled wine.

Ar­ran Graph­ics is the store in Brod­ick to pick up your Ar­ran in­spired gifts with an Ar­ran theme. From their pop­u­lar cloth­ing line, in­clud­ing the ubiq­ui­tous Goat­fell Con­queror tee shirt, to Ar­ran games, can­dles, cush­ions and col­lecta­bles, it is all there at their new store in Cladach.

Just a few min­utes out­side of the cen­tre of Brod­ick, be­hind the vil­lage pri­mary school, in the quaint and se­cluded stu­dio of jew­ellery maker Ann Hume, vis­i­tors will re­ceive a warm wel­come and an in­sight into the cre­ations made by this tal­ented artist. Spe­cial­is­ing in del­i­cate, in­tri­cate and con­tem­po­rary

jew­ellery, de­signed and hand­crafter on Ar­ran, vis­i­tors are guar­an­teed to find unique gifts, beau­ti­ful pre­cious metal de­signs and a 10 per cent dis­count to add to the al­lure of the de­sir­able and charm­ing jew­ellery.

Stop­ping next at The

Boathouse, nes­tled ap­pro­pri­ately on the beach sand of Brod­ick Bay, vis­i­tors will be able to find a host of chil­dren’s toys and games that will make any child’s Christ­mas a happy one. And with a 10 per cent dis­count over the Shop Ar­ran week­end it will make par­ents equally as happy. The Boathouse stocks a great range of care­fully se­lected prod­ucts and toys that are the per­fect com­bi­na­tion of good value and good qual­ity, not to men­tion per­fect for gifts.

This year at Red Door, the girls have gone all out to bring you the finest se­lec­tion of good­ies for your Christ­mas shop­ping needs. Ladies are well catered for with a fab­u­lous se­lec­tion of su­per-soft cash­mere mix pash­mi­nas, an ar­ray of beau­ti­ful gloves and hats for ev­ery­one’s taste, some gor­geous Heaven Scent can­dles, not to men­tion the fab­u­lous se­lec­tion of jew­ellery and bags that Red Door is renowned for. There is also a great se­lec­tion of Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions and gents’ gifts for the men of the fam­ily and as al­ways, some lovely toys for the younger mem­bers of the fam­ily.

Within walk­ing dis­tance, Ar­ran’s only choco­late fac­tory has been pro­duc­ing the finest hand crafted choco­late de­lights for over 17 years. And at their shop, James of Ar­ran, their years of ex­pe­ri­ence is plain to see, and taste. Of­fer­ing a tempt­ing ar­ray of sweet treats, Christ­mas gifts, choco­late bars and gift boxes, no visit to Ar­ran is com­plete with­out mak­ing a mouth- wa­ter­ing stop at this shop.

Two doors down, Bell’s of Ar­ran has re­cently re­branded it­self in an ef­fort to bet­ter re­flect its mis­sion, which is to sell ex­cess stock from high street shops at bar­gain prices. Sell­ing ev­ery­thing from men’s, women’s, chil­dren’s and ba­bies’ cloth­ing, to footwear, un­der­wear, socks, nightwear, swimwear, school cloth­ing and work­wear, they stock just about ev­ery type of gar­ment pos­si­ble, and if you can’t find what you are look­ing for, they will see if they can source it for you.

Just fur­ther down the road at Ar­ran’s spe­cial­ist out­door shop with a huge amount of space and an equally large range of out­door cloth­ing, footwear, ruck­sacks and equip­ment and also an im­pres­sive col­lec­tion of whiskies and gins, vis­i­tors at Ar­ran Ac­tive can look for­ward to re­ceiv­ing 10 per cent off any pur­chase over £25 (ex­clud­ing al­co­hol) and a chance to en­ter a prize draw to win a Rab Jacket worth £190.

While there be sure to check out the Ar­ran Gift Box Com­pany who spe­cialise in all things Ar­ran with a range de­signed to suit all pock­ets. Their gift boxes con­tain Ar­ran’s finest pro­duce and spe­cial treats. With a uniquely Ar­ran in­spired theme, these boxes and ham­pers are a must for any Ar­ran lover

and es­pe­cially so with a 10 per cent dis­count on their Deluxe boxes over the Shop Ar­ran week­end.

Still on the Ar­ran in­spired theme, right next door you will find the Taste Of Ar­ran Shop which stocks Ar­ran pro­duce, food and drink and a wide range of Ar­ran items that are dif­fi­cult to find else­where. If it is made on Ar­ran, chances are you will find it at the taste of Ar­ran Shop and with a dis­count of 10 per cent on all full priced items it is well worth a visit.

Next to that, Bun­tys strives to cap­ture the essence of Christ­mas, and you are cer­tain to find a wide se­lec­tion of tempt­ing gifts for friends and fam­ily. With a knack for stock­ing items all care­fully se­lected to match the style of

the charm­ing shop, Bun­tys of­fers some­thing for ev­ery­one. While there are smaller gifts that are per­fect for Se­cret Santa, there are also items for the home which are sure to en­hance any fash­ion­able decor. Bun­tys will be of­fer­ing 10 per cent off all pur­chases over the Shop Ar­ran week­end.

Also in Bun­tys you can find Ailsa McNi­col Jew­ellery and this week­end she is of­fer­ing 10 per cent off all sil­ver jew­ellery. Ailsa makes a beau­ti­ful and unique col­lec­tion of sil­ver and gold jew­ellery with semi pre­cious stones. Choose from ban­gles, neck­laces rings and ear­rings all of which are made on the is­land.

Stay­ing in Brod­ick, Homestyles will cater to your ev­ery hard­ware and DIY need. Of­fer­ing com­pet­i­tive and a sur­pris­ingly wide range of items, you will find home­ware, hard­ware and even Christ­mas lights, tin­sel, wrap­ping, can­dles and glasses, not to men­tion a friendly and warm wel­come. Homestyles of­fers a great deal of items that are ideal for the DIY en­thu­si­ast and for any home and gar­den lover - which can also make for thought­ful gifts.

Head­ing north to­wards Lam­lash, Christ­mas shop­pers can con­tinue their search for bar­gains with a whole new range of ex­cit­ing stores to visit. A par­tic­u­lar high­light for many, Janelle’s, the in­te­rior de­sign gift shop which stocks a wide range of unique gift­ware and home decor and which al­ways man­ages to stock taste­fully se­lected and ul­tra-de­sir­able items. Janelle’s will also be of­fer­ing a 10 per cent dis­count to shop­pers on ev­ery­thing in-store.

Nearby, at Is­land Porce­lain, if the fan­tas­tic 15 per cent dis­count does not get you, the charm­ing porce­lain sheep, seals, birds and sea an­i­mals cer­tainly will. The el­e­gant and col­lectable porce­lain de­signs will en­hance any home and are uniquely charm­ing and are ideal as gifts. With no two the same, and each piece in­di­vid­u­ally hand crafted and hand painted, you can be as­sured that ev­ery sin­gle piece is a unique and col­lectable keep­sake.

If by now all this shop­ping is mak­ing you hun­gry then head to The Pier­head Tav­ern, lo­cally known as The

PHT, where you can get a free starter or dessert with a main meal on pre­sen­ta­tion of six Shop Ar­ran stamps. They also have the won­der­ful singer and gui­tarist, Char­lie Gor­man play­ing on Satur­day evening , a great round up to your day.

Fur­ther down the road at Chameleon where the qual­ity and ex­cep­tional good taste never changes, ladies can be as­sured of a per­son­alised shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence and a wide range of de­sir­able clothes, bags and jew­ellery and a good few im­ported de­signs hand se­lected from across the globe. Chameleon Ladies Bou­tique will be of­fer­ing a free scarf to those who spend over £50, along with 20 per cent dis­count on Fly boots and a num­ber of other pro­mo­tions and dis­counts over the Shop Ar­ran week­end.

Fur­ther down the road at Ar­ran Fine Foods, which of­fers a de­light­ful ar­ray of qual­ity Ar­ran prod­ucts in­clud­ing chut­neys, mus­tards, pre­serves and salad dress­ings, along with a se­lec­tion of home­ware, cut­lery and crock­ery, vis­i­tors who spend over £10 can ex­pect a gift with their pur­chase.

Con­tin­u­ing with the trail north­wards to serene Whit­ing Bay, shop­pers are in for a treat at the Ar­ran Stu­dio where artist Heather Ma­cleod will

Take a well earned rest at The Old Byre Vis­i­tor Cen­tre’s Café Thyme, where fan­tas­tic food and drink awaits the weary shop­per...

wel­come you to her uplift­ing stu­dio. Known for her bright prints, de­tailed and in vivid colours, most of Heather’s art­works, be it silk prints, can­dles, cards or crafts, are ideal as presents, or for spoil­ing your­self. In ad­di­tion to a 10 per cent dis­count on prints and can­dles, the Ar­ran Stu­dio will also be of­fer­ing the same dis­count of fram­ing or­ders over the week­end.

Also in Whit­ing Bay, Ar­ran’s new­est shop Bay Wool and Crafts is an ideal venue for find­ing per­fect gifts. Made up of four ar­ti­sans, the charm­ing shop houses Kat­sock Crafts, a soft toy and blan­kets and cush­ion busi­ness, Scenes of Ar­ran, a pho­to­graphic art and can­vas re­tailer and the Ar­ran Glass Stu­dio whose stained glass and mo­saic cre­ations will taste­fully dec­o­rate any home or make for unique gifts. Per­fectly suited for gifts, the re­main­ing pro­pri­etor Granny’s Knits sells baby and tod­dler wear, dog coats and var­i­ous other cre­ative and charm­ing hand-knit­ted items that are all made with love, care and at­ten­tion to de­tail.

Fur­ther around the is­land at Black­wa­ter­foot at the Har­bour Shop, the own­ers are em­brac­ing the fes­tive spirit and along with 10 per cent dis­count over the Shop Ar­ran week­end they are also of­fer­ing 10 per­cent off for the en­tire month of De­cem­ber for cus­tomers spend­ing over £20. The Har­bour Shop is an Aladdin’s cave of gifts, toys, card, home­ware, sweet treats, cloth­ing, books and a num­ber of other items which may sur­prise you. Add to this a per­son­alised gift bas­ket and a freshly or­dered sup­ply of gifts and you will un­der­stand why a visit to the Har­bour Shop is a must this week­end.

An­other un­miss­able stop on the Shop Ar­ran itinerary is the Old Byre Vis­i­tor Cen­tre in Machrie which is of­fer­ing 10 per cent off all your shop­ping and 10 per cent off food in Café Thyme with a stamped Shop Ar­ran card, as well as 10 per cent off at the Byre

at Brod­ick. A de­light­ful place to re­lax while the chil­dren en­joy the play park area, the Old Byre Vis­i­tor Cen­tre of­fers vis­i­tors a pleas­ant shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence of­fer­ing high qual­ity cloth­ing prod­ucts, hand­bags and ac­ces­sories and sheep­skin prod­ucts. After the fam­ily have com­pleted shop­ping and tak­ing in the views an ex­ten­sive menu of good food awaits in Café Thyme.

At the top of Ar­ran, on its north­ern point which is a scenic des­ti­na­tion in it­self, is the home of the Ar­ran Dis­tillery. Their award win­ning Vis­i­tor Cen­tre is geared to­ward mak­ing the vis­i­tor feel wel­come and en­sures that ev­ery sin­gle vis­i­tor leaves with a new knowl­edge, and usu­ally, ap­pre­ci­a­tion of Ar­ran whisky. The dis­tillery shop stocks all kind all Ar­ran malt whiskies and bot­tlings and, along with other is­land prod­ucts, a range of gifts and sou­venirs.

Re­turn­ing to Brod­ick and wrap­ping up a mas­sive se­lec­tion of choice for the Xmas Shop Ar­ran week­end is the Ar­ran - Sense of Scot­land store. Your one-stop shop for is­land in­spired beauty, bath and fra­grance prod­ucts in­spired by na­ture and the beauty of Ar­ran.

The per­fect place to pick up bar­gains and beau­ti­ful things which are beau­ti­fully made, Ar­ran - Sense of Scot­land is of­fer­ing a gen­er­ous 15 per cent off all full priced prod­ucts. The re­lax­ing shop­ping at­mos­phere and wel­com­ing staff make this stop an­other must-visit at­trac­tion.

Shop Ar­ran has much to of­fer and you can use your Ar­ranCard at most out­lets, they also make great gifts for friends and loved ones. They can be used in over 50 dif­fer­ent shops and restau­rants. Visit www.ar­rancard.com to find out more. With so much to choose from Ar­ran is the ideal place to find the per­fect Christ­mas gifts for your loved ones.

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