Skye Surprises really is a big surprise the shop which will cater for your every need = a petrol station - internet station - laundry station - food station - gift station - money changing station - fuel station (Peat for your fire) have I forgotton anything ah yes drinks and postcard station
What to buy: Depends on what you want - I bought most of my gifts and postcards here and the prices are more than reasonable
This little gift shop was packed with many touristy items such as hielan coos and the like. We spotted a series of books by 'Woods' I bought "Are there any crofters left out there?" and "Other uses for sheep" both totally funny, they had me laughing all the way back to Malliag.
What to buy: Depends on your sense of humour!!
What to pay: The books were £2.99 each
I hate shopping but love gardening and can never resist a garden shop so had to stop here to see what they had. It was a silly idea because I was travelling back to Malliag to continue my holiday, so could not buy anything except some wild flower seeds. I adored the shop sign which read
for the serious gardener
" accidental "
" silly "
" NON " I had to wonder which category I fitted into.
What to buy: Plants, Flowers, Shrubs
What to pay: It was quite inexpensive
Like everywhere else... the main tourist Souvenir Shops are tacky and overpriced. My suggestion is to look out for the small local and charity shops in Portree rather than the main tourist shops selling haggis/loch ness monster related things.
The shop at the Museum of Island Life in Kilmuir is fantastic. Sells small souvenirs and locally made produce. The whisky mustard and scottish butter tablet are great.
What to buy: Local foods and drinks.
Please please don't buy a "Haggis Crossing" sign.... I'll have to hunt you down.
What to pay: Expect to pay a fair bit... this island is not really that cheap.
If you need to stockup on food whilst on the Isle then head to the co-op supermarket about a mile out of Portree. After fierce local opposition it eventually opened and is open 7 days a week. It has a lot more choice than the only other option which is the small Somerfield in Portree town.
Unfortunatley, capitalism rules and supply and demand means that things here are rediculously expensive. My suggetion is to stock up en-route but to be honest, the last place where you can realistically find a supermarket is either stirling or Fort William so you can only really buy your ambient goods before.
The only real option outside of Portree is the Esso Garage/Supermarket/Souvenir Shop in Broadford.
The pottery is quite easy to find, only a couple of meters away from the main road. They've got wonderful stuff, but most of it is soooooooo expensive!
Anyway, on a bad weather day, the pottery makes for a nice visit.
The two shopping locations (I hesitate to say 'centres') are the villages of Broadford and Portree. You should be able to get basics at the "Co-op" in either. (Co-op means Cooperative, and though looking like a typical supermarket is supposed to be collectively owned). Each store has a few isles of groceries and are a vast improvement on earlier years. Now you can buy food rather than eating out or take away!!!
What to buy: The remainder of shopping on Skye is best saved for the numerous, small craft shops at houses along your way. especially good for things like hand spun wool, pottery etc, but expect to pay big money for the luxury of such labour intensive work.
Other, remote communities such as Uig, Dunvegan, Glendale (near Neist Light house), Staffin, Kyleakin and Armadale have small simple shops for provisions but the selection is very limited. Don't expect cosmopolitan selections of fruit!!!!!
What to pay: It costs a lot to live on Skye, and so expect to pay more than on the mainland. Don't expect a bridge to have changed that!
Skye has its own brewery which is based in Uig, right next to the Calmac terminal building. Their Red Cuillin is a pretty good beer.