By Gabbi Armstrong
Communications Project Manager for the North Coast 500
Published: 4th June 2018

Retail Therapy

If you’re looking for a gift for a friend, family member or just for yourself – spread around the route you will find a selection of unique shops, filled with character and high quality goods.

Mini Jammery, Culkein

The Culkein Store specialises in a wide range of homemade jams, marmalades and chutneys, all made within the seaside cabin’s kitchen in the traditional hand-made stove top method. Due to this artisan method of production, batches are smaller and more refined than large, commercial brands, and because of this, no additives are needed – and the flavours speak for themselves!

Photo: Culkein Stores

Seaweed n Stuff, Portmahomack

Stop in past the West End Beach House, head down to owners Julie and Gavin’s wee beach hut at the bottom of the garden, and browse their fantastic range of chutneys, pickles, preserves and homemade ice cream. Flavours range from strawberry and rose, to pear and ginger, and blueberry and violet. Divine!

Photo: Seaweed n Stuff – venture off to Portmahomack

The Storehouse, Evanton

Situated on the shores of the Cromarty Firth, the Storehouse restaurant, farm shop and Gift shop are popular among locals and tourists alike. Tuck into some hearty Highland cooking before browsing their fabulous farm shop and gift shop – packed full of local farm produce and gifts. From fresh Scottish seafood to fruit and vegetables, artisan products and tasty treats, the Storehouse is a foodie’s paradise.Why not tie in a walk along along the beach – you might encounter seals basking on the rocks?

Their stocked farm shop is inspired by their love of farming and of great food! Their products are specially selected from near and far making this a must stop destination for gourmet delicacies. Their close relationship with local farms mean they have the freshest of fruit and vegetables.. Their delicious potatoes are grown only a few fields away from their house. They also sell tasty local cheeses, bread, preserves, meat and game and yummy cakes from their own kitchen, including gluten free.

The Jail, Dornoch

Photo: Jail, Dornoch

In the heart of Dornoch is the county of Sutherland’s 19th century jail. Transformed into a spacious, contemporary store in 2000, the former town jail now offers a unique shopping experience, with a superb selection of unique Scottish gift ideas, jewellery, accessories, luxurious cashmere and quality country wear.

With 5000 square feet of retail space, The Jail Dornoch manages to sympathetically combine the historical internal structure of the old cells with contemporary design, creating the perfect backdrop for its new and more pleasurable use. A must-see on your journey around the Highlands!

If you’re flying from Inverness, visit the micro version of The Jail Dornoch at Inverness Airport. Selling a selection of top-quality Scottish merchandise, including Johnstons of Elgin cashmere knitwear and accessories, Harris Tweed clothing and gifts, Harley of Scotland knitwear and Barbour Countrywear, you’ll also find Sheila Fleet jewellery from Orkney and Highland ceramics from Highland Stoneware and Tain Pottery.

Country Interiors, Dornoch

The sister shop of The Jail Dornoch, Country Interiors is just on the opposite side of Castle Street, within the old post office. An Aladdin’s cave of beautiful decorative objects, gifts, soft furnishings and furniture, Country Interiors showcases the very best of modern country style. For more information, visit www.country-interiors.jail-dornoch.com

Sports and Model Shop, Dingwall

The Sports and Model shop is a traditional fishing shop right in the centre of Dingwall – the perfect place to stock up on ready made fishing rods and other angling equipment. As well as this, the shop stocks a wide range of plastic models, wooden boat kits, model trains, and remote-controlled models and toys. Pop in for a browse and some expert fishing advise! For more information

Tweed, tweed and more tweed!

Make a visit to Campbell’s of Beauly towards the start or the end of your North Coast 500 trip. Founded in 1858, this retail emporium is a Highlands institution, with characterful fixtures and fittings dating back to the shops original opening. There’s no finer place to have a tailor-made item created, and the range of mens and ladies countrywear is extensive. Make sure to allow enough time for a proper browse!

Photo: Campbells of Beauly, Campbells Shooting Department

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