Tuesday, June 25, 2019
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One of Skye's five star attractions now has a retail space in Portree.

As well as their famous Waternish base, Skyeskyns can now be found in town.

Director, Jess Hartwell, told Skye Times Online: “We want to keep each of our premises unique with different offerings.

“People who arrive in Portree may be here on a cruise ship and tour bus and be unable to visit us in Waternish.

“However, we carefully designed our Portree base as both a sign-post to Waternish and a nod to the direction we want to take the Skyeskyns brand.”

The Portree shop can be accessed from The Green (number 5) and from the Bayfield Long Stay car park. The views of the Cuillins make for a relaxing vista to enjoy luxurious sheepskins and delicious refreshments.

“We want to bring a little of the spirit of our Waternish yurt over here,” explains Jess. “However, we are keeping it very simple here. We supply Isle of Skye Roastery coffee, teas from Edinburgh-based company, Eteaket, cold drinks and home-baked cakes.” All of the above can be enjoyed outdoors on welcoming sheepskins or at the breakfast bar in the front of the shop.

The shop offers a taste of the wide range of Skyeskyns products. “We offer a reasonable insight into what's available at Waternish,” Jess reveals. “Space dictates we can't have our enormous 7x5 feet stitched sheepskin rugs, but we have some beautiful Norwegian fleeces in here, plus our range of accessories.”

Jackets designed by Fort William designer, Gemma Carver of 'nonchalant', as well as Harris Tweed footwear and clothing, can all be found in the Portree shop. Hot water bottle covers, teddy bears, fluffy keyrings and cushions are all available.

The range of products will also be updated and adjusted regularly. Jess says: “We want to keep things fluid and updated here, so we will bring things across from Waternish and keep everything fresh.

“We are handily-located for people to enjoy a cracking view of the Cuillins along with our coffee while they browse our range.”

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