Made in Lochaber is a group of artists, food and craft producers living and working in the Lochaber area, based on the West coast of the Highlands of Scotland. It has been in existence for over twenty years and its members comprises all sorts of different small and micro businesses practicing a wide range of activities. Made in Lochaber aims to support all of their efforts, promote their work, help them to find new outlets for their produce, and provide new routes-to-market for them. Some of these businesses are open to visitors, can demonstrate their activities and sell their wares on site, others participate in local markets and sales, or sell their work through bricks-and-mortar and online outlets.
From freshly butchered venison and cured meats, smoked produce, jams and chutneys, to fine art, textiles, ceramics and woodwork, and much more besides, Lochaber has it all to offer.
A large proportion of Lochaber comprises traditional crofting communities, and this is often apparent in the types of art and food produced. Crafting and home food production developed on crofts as a necessary way of life, rather than as a hobby or pastime, and those skills were passed down through the generations. There is a strong tradition of ‘make-do-and-mend’, people are used to having to turn their hand to whatever needs doing, and this has led to an inherent creativity, boosted of course by our beautiful surroundings. In addition to this, the slower pace of life and outstanding natural environment have long been a draw for creatives elsewhere, looking for an inspiring place to visit or live and develop their artistic and artisan endeavours.
Made in Lochaber promotes quality and professionalism in all its activities, something which is reflected in the exceptionally high standard of products on offer. Please support Made in Lochaber by seeking out our producers, visiting the outlets throughout this wonderful area and enjoying the value to be found in a lovingly hand-made, beautifully crafted and often unique item.
See the map here. Hard copies are available throughout the area at shops, galleries and at your accommodation provider.