The Skye Magazine is an exciting insight into Skye and Raasay, as well as providing information on new up-and-coming businesses, and new ventures on the island. The Skye Magazine in its printed form, appears once a year from May, and thousands are distributed throughout the islands.

And the on-line edition - below - is updated throughout the year with new reports, photographs and information from all across the Islands.

So, just click download, enjoy learning about the beautiful isles of Skye and Raasay, and, if you aren’t here already, make sure to plan a visit sometime soon!

Dream comes true for Angela in her ‘Kabin’

 

By Roz Macaskill

Walking into the Kraft Kabin feels like taking an enchanting step into another world - one filled with jewellery, candles, knitwear and crochet. Tucked away in Lower Breakish, the Kabin is a craft-lover's paradise.

The Kabin's story starts when owner, Angela Dougan, was gifted a jewellery-making kit by her husband, Derek. Angela says: "I told Derek I had always fancied doing something artistic. He bought me the kit, then immediately booked me into the Clan Donald Craft Fair - which freaked me out!"

After Angela's very first craft fair, her creative skills blossomed from jewellery-making to encompass knitting, weaving, needle-felting, photography, candle decorating, crocheting, resin, wire weaving and incorporating Skye Marble and heather into her designs. "The whole thing snowballed from a wee hobby to a 36-metre shed," she laughs.

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Joining up dots across world…rare book returns home

By Roz Macaskill

When bookseller, Gilleasbuig Ferguson, bought a new book he found himself falling into an adventure as exciting and mysterious as any of the tales for sale in his shop!

A member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association, Skeabost-based Gilleasbuig never dreamed the purchase of a book would result in him having to turn detective.

The volume in question was from the 2nd Edition of Origin of Species (1860) by Charles Darwin. Located in New Zealand, the book was up for sale online. "It was on the market for weeks without any photographs," explains Gilleasbuig.

The description contained unpromising adjectives, such as "worn," "rubbed," "split," "ex-library" and "shaky." In a moment of boredom, Gilleasbuig emailed the seller to ask for photographs. "I goggled, my eyebrows intertwined, at one of the finest copies of an early Origin that I've ever seen," he laughs. "I was scrambling for the mouse to buy the book before someone else did!"

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Bagging up customers…instead of chasing them!

By Roz Macaskill

When Maxine Stephenson of Wheatear Textiles is asked “What brought her to Skye?” the answer may come as a surprise.
“I lived in England and I worked in retail,” she explains. “I ended up chasing a shoplifter out into the street, a coat hanger in hand and a security radio in another. I chased them into a telephone box. After that, I moved to Skye for a slower pace of life!”

These days, Maxine can be found working in her studio with her favourite fabric, Harris Tweed. As the owner of Wheatear Textiles in Glendale, she is inspired daily by the changing landscape and seasons – and the inspiration translates into handbags.

Maxine makes a range of different handbags, named after the islands where she has made her home. “I didn't want the bags to have girly names as I'm not a girly girl,” she laughs.

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YURTea&coffee

The SkyeSkyns pop-up venue –YURTea&coffee - is open every day until October. starting from Easter with a variety of teas, coffees, cakes and other snacks, including ones baked to suit varying dietary requirements.

Enjoy a cup of artisan coffee whilst sitting on a sheepskin by our wood burning stove inside our seasonal pop-up tea tent YURTea&coffee.

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Floraidh Skye

At Floraidh Skye we offer traditional tweed, luxurious cashmere, softest wool and delicate silk clothing and accessories from various designers and makers throughout Scotland, the British Isles, Ireland and Italy.

Good design, high quality and provenance are important to us and we like to support small producers as well as some established names.