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Balnakeil Craft Village

Durness IV27 4PT, Scotland
+44 1971 511233
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A happy collection - with added chocolate!

The craft community is well worth a visit. Don't be put off by the industrial architecture - an... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Chocolate Art n Crafts

Excellent range of choice. Although personally to start with an outrageous take on hot chocolate... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Perth, United Kingdom
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  • Average23%
  • Poor14%
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“glass shop” (4 reviews)
Durness IV27 4PT, Scotland
+44 1971 511233
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The craft community is well worth a visit. Don't be put off by the industrial architecture - an Early Warning Station that never quite was. The crafts people here are a lovely mix - well worth a conversation with the makers, even if you don't...More

Thank Baobabgirl
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Excellent range of choice. Although personally to start with an outrageous take on hot chocolate, before a casual browse around the range of arts and crafts available is a joy not to be missed.

Thank billanne11
Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed reading about the history of the village and its original intended use. Had some lovely chats with shop owners about living in the village and bought some hand spun and dyed wool whilst there. Plus a visit to Cocoa Mountain of course!

Thank Kelly C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Some of the shops were open, some werent. Shopkeepers seemed friendly enough but the atmosphere wasnt very lively. I think they could do more to make the village itself seem more cohesive and welcoming.

Thank Baker_Bowie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The craft village is a quirky mix of artists, pottery, glass workers and ofcourse the famous chocolate makers at Cocoa Mountain. As it was April some of the shops were not open, but those who were made us very welcome. I still regret that I...More

Thank peediequine
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Cocoa Mountain hot chocolate pretty fine and the lemon with sweet chilli truffle soo good. Pity staff did not seem interested in promoting what are excellent products. Talked to Phil, an engaging artist who uses materials washed up by the sea to paint and draw...More

Thank morganorgan
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You must try the cocoa mountain chocolate shop when you visit Durness. The hot chocolate is amazing! When we went the queues for the hot chocolate were long. Great place to buy gifts too.

Thank 36Naz36
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

Spent a wee while wandering around the village or at least half a dozen or so craft shops selling jewellery pottery etc. Chocolate place super

Thank stuartfaedunfy
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

There are some nice shops open. But too much is shut. Cocoa mountain redeeming feature. Wood turning. Oil paintings. Arts and crafts. Glassware.

Thank scorp888
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

The craft village is not overly pleasing on the eye and represents a 'stalag' of some kind, however, the place is a must visit if in the area. Loads of arts and crafts for sale; we bought quite a few bits and pieces to take...More

Thank beakenbauer
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Hey Lucy L - I'm replying to your lovely review of my shop (CastOff Crafts) on behalf of the dog you so admired. He's always happy to receive admirers and we both look forward to seeing you and your family in the future - thanks again!
19 August 2015|
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What is the web address for Phil the artist, I saw it on his studio but did not write it down and am unable to find it on google Thanks
18 April 2015|
Response from Sophie M |
philssalon. co .uk