Just off the coast of the Isle of Arran, you will find a town hidden away where crafts are designed and made right in the workshop and displayed in a studio. This is a first hand opportunity to see fine quality craftsmanship by a single maker, ranging from established to just starting out.
Presently there are eight craft studios dedicated to producing high quality work. Raw materials are gathered, designed and transformed on the very premises of the studios. Most studios are opened Thursday through Saturday, but they are sometimes open at additional times. Although work is available to be purchased at the studios, the craftsman may not be in attendance as they have clients and can be called away at short notice.
The first two studios were purchased by the Moffat family in 2002 and stood behind the original concept ever though there were setbacks with the original plans. Crafts range from basket work to textiles to ceramics to jewelry and metalwork. Local volunteers man the initiative centre and the crafts area and are readily available to answer any questions that you might have.
While Craft Town is truly awe inspiring, there are other things to see in the town centre. If you like architecture, not far from the railway station there are some cottages that have been restored and a museum as well. The Glen is a wonderful place to stroll along all the green paths and observe the wooden sculptures, especially the large wooden dragon.
Another fact that makes this an incredible place is that all profits are reinvested within the town to continue to develop the cultural and retail of the area. So whether you are out shopping for fine, high quality crafts and gifts or just want to see what the talk is all about, Craft Town Scotland is a great place to visit. If you are looking to purchase from the crafters, it is advisable that you call ahead before traveling to make sure the studio is open for business.
Remember there are other things to do in the area as well once you have acquired your giftware from the studios.