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The weather could not have been kinder to Shop Arran this year with a weekend of dry, bright – if a little chilly – bringing out Christmas shoppers in their droves.
With more than 26 businesses taking part the Shop Arran weekend has grown into an island wide initiative aimed at encouraging shoppers to buy locally and to support local businesses by offering discounted goods, special offers and festive cheer with prosecco and mulled wine on offer,along with host of tasty treats.
Brodick seemed to particularly busy this year but there was brisk shopping across the island. Many of the shoppers had come over from the mainland for it and got lots of gifts in Arran’s unique shops that they wouldn’t have found otherwise.
One visitor wrote on the Shop Arran Facebook page: ‘We had a lovely weekend on the island and bought lots of goodies! It’s such a great idea, will definitely come back next year!’
Another added: ‘Think it’s a great idea, lots of tasty treats in each place, and Christmas shopping too. Hope it happens next year.’
Photos by Colin Smeeton
Tasha Murray and Alice Kinniburgh Arran Cheese Shop. 01_B49shop01
Brisk trade at Arran Aromatics . 01_B49shop2
Stacey Smith with her much sought after homemade tablet at Red Door. 01_B49shop03
Janelle Paton in Janelle’s in Lamlash. 01_B49shop04
Amanda Lawley surrounded by the birds and animals in Island Porcelain. 01_B49shop05
Andrew Walsh and his staff at Arran Active had a splendid Shop Arran weekend. 01_B49shop06
Lynn Raeburn outside her Driftwood shop in Brodick. 01_B49shop07