Over the last week I have been visiting the Scottish Highlands – Wester Ross and Sutherland to be precise. It is beautiful with stunning views!
As well as enjoying the hills and mountains there was also time to visit some lovely little villages- Plockton being one that I came across on the way to the Isle of Skye.
And, it was on the way to Plockton that I came across a craft village in the middle of nowhere! What a find – Kikis Craft Corner which had the most amaxing selcetion of patchwork fabrics, haberdashery, wool and remnants of Harris tweed – plus a sewing room for patchwork classes.
There was also John the Lochcarron Weaver who was busy dismantling his loom because he is retiring. It didn’t deter me from buying some remnants of his fabric for future projects though.
On eventually reaching the Isle of Skye I found a fabulous wool shop at Broadford.
As well as selling lots of wool including Collinette yarns from Wales there was also the chance to buy handmade woollen goods. An amazing selection of goodies!
A wonderful day out and there was more to come. When we visited the Badachro Inn, a haunt we knew from many years ago I found a poster inviting people to learn how to knit socks and make a square of the Gairloch pattern.
The locals seem to be experts at creating fun ways of keeping themselves occupied!!!
On a wet and very windy day which curbed the walking we ventured up to Sutherland and a place called Durness. For some reason I thought it might be quite a big place which wasn’t the case – but it did have some interesting attractions.
Calling in the visitor centre I came across three lovely wallhangings made by local children (5-11 years) with the help of adults.
Durness also enjoys Beatle fame. Apparently, John Lennon spent many happy hours there. He spent his childhood holidays between the ages of 9 and 13 in the village returning with his son Julian, wife Yoko Ono, and her daughter Kyoko in 1969Durness beach.
In August 2002 the Durness Gardeners landscaped the area around the village hall. This was carried out with the Television program Beechgrove Garden and broadcast on the 22 August 2002. Part of the garden was dedicated as memorial to John Lennon, the only permanent memorial to John Lennon in Scotland is in the form of a memorial garden.
The village is also said to be part of the inspiration for the seminal song In My Life on the Rubber Soul Album.
On my travels between Ullapool and Durness I also came across some beautiful quilts made by textile artist Jan Kilpatrick.
So, how about that then – the things you find in the remote parts of the Scottish Highlands!
And, whilst I was busy making these wonderful discoveries my husband and son were bagging Munros
And my daughter was climbing Mount Kinabulu in Borneo and sharing some wonderful sunrises.