Arran craft trail

Beavering away in workshops and craft shops throughout the island are a collection of extremely talented artisans, producing fabulous gifts and art objects, so visitors can always have a little piece of Arran to treasure.

Studio 4 in the centre of Lamlash is an art gallery in miniature with an eclectic selection of pieces, all chosen by Barbera Young, studio owner and resident jeweller. High on the hill, above the road out of the village is Arran Candlemaker's workshop, where you can see beautiful and imaginative candles being made the smell is worth the journey alone.

The south of the island is well served by the Kilmory Workshop, where turned wood and pottery are available in the barn of a converted farm and the old village school now houses the Island Porcelain shop, where bright, hand-painted examples of Arran's wildlife are available.

Nestiling in the heart of the Shiskine valley is the Balmicheal Centre, a complex with loads of activities for the kids (big and little). It is also the home of Arran Ceramics, a pottery and shop where you and the kids can enjoy decorating your own mugs and plates. A visit to Thunderguy Pottery near the north of the island is a great chance to pick up more gifts and has wonderful views overlooking the Mull of Kintyre.

The post office in Corrie village has recently become a cornucopia of Arran crafts and wonderful island art, organised and enthused over by famous wood-carver Marvin Eliott. Not far away at Cladach is Mackenzie Leather, where bespoke luggage and fashionable handbags can be bought or commissioned.

In the ferry port of Brodick, the Arran Trading Post and the Jewellery Studio/Piranha Glass have everything you need to remind you of your stay.