Appin craft shop in the limelight

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The Lighthouse Craft Shop in Port Appin has received national recognition as one of the best independent shops in Scotland.

An article in The Herald placed the Lighthouse in the top 15 of best places to buy thoughtful gifts.

It was a pleasant surprise for owners Archie and Sharon Mackenzie-Baldurrsson, who bought over the shop in 2015.

The shop offers a range of products, including woodcrafts, pottery, leather and tweed. It also sells handmade jewellery and you can browse original artwork.

When they took over the shop four years ago from Appin Co-op, it was a traditional gift shop, but Archie and Sharon decided to try something different, focusing on selling Scottish arts and crafts, with a particular passion for local artists.

After starting out with just a handful of crafters, the Lighthouse is now home to the works of more than 100 artists, many of them from the area. Since then, the shop has been building on its initial success.

Archie told The Oban Times: ‘We are delighted that our decision to only sell arts and crafts was a good one. Here, our customers find the unusual and beautiful gifts that they do not find in traditional gift shops.’

Visitors can also enjoy a cup of coffee while they browse, and the shop also acts as a tourist information point.

Due to the rural location of the shop, the Lighthouse also offer an online shopping service.

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