Minginish Hall will be the location for a Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday 25 November.

The craft fair will be held from 11am to 4pm and the entry is free.

Friday 24th Nov: the first of our "Bog Myrtle Nights" - mouthwatering 2 or 3 course meal with charity book auction, proceeds to Scottish Book Trust.

Monday 27th Nov: Breadmaking workshop, 9am-12pm, £20pp

Tuesday 28th Nov: Gingerbread Storytime and Baking for preschoolers, 10:30-11:30am, FREE

Sunday 3rd Dec: Afternoon Tea with the Authors (Paul Rees & Fiona MacBain), 2-3pm, £5pp includes Cream Tea

Monday 4th Dec: 1st Monday Bookclub discussing "No Safe Anchorage" by Liz Macrae Shaw, 10:30-11:30 FREE

Booking is essential for Dinner, Breadmaking & Author Afternoon Tea.

As Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum gears up for its annual Christmas Fair, the visitor attraction is working with neighbouring businesses to encourage Skye residents and visitors to spend the day in the Sleat Peninsula on Saturday 25 November.

The Armadale Castle Fair is well established in the island’s festive calendar, with craft stalls, festive food and drink and children’s activities. Neighbouring businesses will be joining the celebrations to make it a great day out. On and around Armadale Pier there will be plenty of shopping opportunities, as well as festive refreshments, from businesses such as Ragamuffin (also offering 10% discount all day), the Isle of Skye Leather Company, photographer Grumpy George, artist Nigel Grounds, potter Maggie Zerafa at the Bay Pottery, and the Shed Cafe. The community owned Armadale Stores will also be providing a warm welcome.

For those needing a break from shopping, Armadale Castle Gardens will be open for free all day for visitors to enjoy the views and winter colours. There’s plenty more to explore on the ‘Garden of Skye’ peninsula, from woodland walks to ruined castles – visitors can check the Visit Sleat website for ideas (www.visitsleat.org). People travelling from the north of the island can also enjoy stop-offs at the An Crubh shop (café closed for a wedding but shop open) or the Eilean Iarmain Hotel.

For those travelling from the mainland, CalMac ferries will be operating their winter timetable, with a ferry leaving Mallaig at 0840 and returning at 1645 (subject to weather).
Mags Macdonald, accommodation & events manager at Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum, commented: ‘We’ve had a fantastic visitor season this year and are looking forward to ending 2017 with our annual festive celebration. We’ve got a lovely array of crafts on offer, with a mix of regular stallholders and new faces. We’re also opening up the Armadale Castle gift shop and selling estate venison and special blend whisky, so there will be something for everyone. We are so pleased to be working with our neighbours on the pier, making it a real destination event.’

Mike Shucksmith, Business Development Officer at the Sleat Community Trust, added: ‘The Sleat Peninsula is home not only to some of Skye’s most beautiful scenery but also to a vibrant local community and a wide range of attractions and businesses. As an organisation dedicated to promoting the sustainable economic, social and environmental development of Sleat, we welcome this initiative which shows how large and small businesses can work together. We encourage Skye residents and visitors to use this event as an opportunity to discover everything Sleat has to offer.’