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The Shepherd's Cottage Christmas Gift Guide.

Lismore is undoubtably a beautiful place to visit, with breath-taking scenery that will uplift your soul in any weather. It is rich in history and has a strong sense of community, which values and takes pride in its heritage. It abounds with wildlife and farm life; a tapestry of wildflowers in summer and a wild and sprawling place in winter. It is also a place with a diverse, innovative and creative population, with many crafters and makers. In this gift guide you will find a selection of the best of those crafters, but it certainly is not an exhaustive list. To find all the gems in Lismore’s crown, you’ll have to come here.

For Foodies: Slainte Sauces

A grown-up boozy drizzle for everything from oysters to ice creams – although maybe not at thesame time! Make your choice from a range of sweet – including Rum and salted Caramel and Whisky with chocolate and hazelnuts; and savoury: Spicy Tequila or Whisky with lemon and chilli.

For the house proud: Lismore Luminations

Hand poured, quality candles and diffusers don’t come more stylish than these. Lovingly packaged and presented, they’ll look beautiful and smell gorgeous in any home.

For kids: The Tartan Trampoline, and other books by Jennifer Baker, resident bee keeper and

lavender grower, and illustrated by Sarah Campbell, sees heroes Manny, Effie and Tilly flying off on a magical tartan trampoline to adventures far beyond their Granny’s island garden. Perfect for wee adventurers and the young at heart.

For the adventurous: An outing with Explore Lismore Land Rover Tours during a stay on the island or for a day trip is a great idea for someone looking for a taste of Island life. Expert local guide Robert will talk you through the glorious scenery, wildlife and history that Lismore has to offer, while you enjoy the bespoke, private hire trip and delicious picnic of local produce. You could also book a Paddle Boarding experience, touring around Port Ramsay bay and visiting a seal colony, seeing Lismore from a different perspective.

For the collector: Wee Munro Journal

If bagging Munros is their thing, or if you’re shopping for a beginner looking for a place to start, this is a great way of recording your progress and experiences. In the journal the Munros are organised by height, but the book has three indexes: height, region and alphabetical. 25% of profits from the book are donated to the Scottish Mountain Rescue, so this really is a gift that keeps on giving.

For Makers of New Year’s Resolutions: Membership to The Happy Wee Health Club

In person or online, this small but perfectly formed health club delivers a holistic service that

supports the well being of your body and mind, through morning mediation and goals setting

sessions, cook a-longs, and a variety of Les Mills exercise classes, offered in person and online. Their goal during lockdown was to help people find a community and access exercise classes from their living rooms – dogs and children welcome.

For the person who has everything: an especially commissioned piece from Mogwaii will add a touch of curated class to your gift list. Let Sarah work her magic for a one of kind, personalised present that will last a lifetime.

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