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Merging Island skills for craft gains  

By Eilidh Whiteford 

A passion for knitting and crafts, and a gap in the supply market at home in North Uist, led Kirsty Macleod to establish Kirkibost Craft Hub – providing not only a wide range of materials and supplies, but also a variety of workshops and tuition opportunities to help islanders get creative. 

Growing up with a mum from Harris, from a long line of Harris Tweed weavers, and a grandmother from Unst, Shetland, Kirsty learnt her knitting craft early, schooled in Fair Isle patterns particularly by her granny. 

“I see these two connections I have with these islands and their traditional craft skills as an opportunity to combine and create a unique brand of craft products and knitwear,” she said. 

Craft supplies, gifts and knitwear are plentiful in Kirkibost Craft Hub, but Kirsty wanted more from her business and, as such, presents a series of workshops and short courses for beginners to those more experienced. 

 

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Fusing local ingredients with world flavours 

By Elly Welch 

It’s not often you find a Michelin-awarded chef cooking up nosh at the local Arts Centre.  But in Stornoway, it’s absolutely true.   

Kenny MacKay, new head chef at An Lanntair, is taking dining at Stornoway’s creative hub to new levels.  And his magic ingredient?  Keeping it local. 

“We have wonderful ingredients in the Islands ,” said Kenny, former head chef at Glasgow’s Michelin Bib Gourmand Awarded all-Scottish eatery , Stravaigin.  “I want to celebrate that with simple, fresh dishes full of flavour that are both memorable and affordable.”  

Kenny was born in London but visited island relatives during school holidays.  He didn’t train as a chef until his twenties when, after finishing a degree in Risk Management, he found that he was happiest cooking.  A decade later he was top of his game but, as a new dad, was finding the 80-hour weeks tough going.  He and his wife, also a chef, decided to change lifestyle and move to his ancestral home, Lewis.   

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How a sack of woollen socks started local business story 


Hebridean Crofter Weavers, now known as D MacGillivray & Co Ltd, or simply “MacGillivrays” came into being as a home-based business at Muir of Aird, Benbecula, in 1941. 

At the time founder Donald MacGillivray regularly visited most of the shops in the Outer Hebrides as a commercial traveller (sales rep).  

In 1941 he arrived home from his rounds with a large canvas sack of hand knitted Harris wool socks. His wife Effie asked what he planned to do with them, “sell them, of course” was the reply.  

A small wooden hut was duly erected against the south end of Donald and Effie’s home and from this point a new company was born, which to this day has grown and diversified to meet the regularly changing market trends. 

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Luxury cruising for Hebrides…starting from Castlebay 

By Katie Macleod 

The Midnight Rose is a true luxury yacht, the kind you expect to see on the French Riviera, with glittering celebrity parties taking place on deck as the sun goes down.   

This summer, Hebridean Prestige Cruises are bringing some of that Mediterranean glamour – and the Midnight Rose – to the Outer Hebrides.   

Based out of Castlebay, Hebridean Prestige Cruises will be offering bespoke private charter cruises on the Midnight Rose for those who wish to see the Outer Hebrides in style.   

As a joint venture between Brian Currie, owner of the Craigard Hotel in Barra, and Captain Roddy MacLeod, a Master Mariner with 38 years of sailing experience, Hebridean Prestige Cruises aims to develop the luxury market in the Hebrides. 

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Tiny but power-packed…the Hebridean Tea Store 

By Elly Welch 

“Thanks for the lovely smells!” calls the gentleman just leaving.  He’s not being ironic.  It smells delicious in the Hebridean Tea Store.  Like Christmas, and candy, with a whiff of continental sophistication swirled in.   

“He was having a sniff of my new Machair tea,” explains owner Sabine Weiten, balancing precariously on a chair to replace it.  “Its my own blend, heather and cornflowers.”  She swirls the caddy under her own nose.  “Magical,” she breathes. 

It would be wrong to apply the ‘Tardis’ cliché to this tiny specialist tea emporium, for The Hebridean Tea Store, which raises a cup to three years trading this month, looks wee and really is.   

But big character Sabine, from near Cologne in Germany, has somehow turned its few square metres into a vortex of choice and flavours.  She’s even managed to fit in a table and chairs - part of the window display, nestled amongst the teapots. 

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