We at HEB Magazine do our best to let the world know exactly what our islands have to offer, and where exactly to find what you're interested in.  HEB is printed once a year and thousands of copies are distributed across the Islands.

And the on-line edition - below! - is updated throughout the year with new reports, photographs and information from all across the Islands.

So, just click the download button, or go to our page-turning version, and enjoy learning about the beautiful Scottish Hebrides, and, if you aren’t here already, make sure to plan a visit sometime soon!

 

Sylvia takes charge of oil-rig salvage battle

By Eilidh Whiteford

As islanders, residents of the Outer Hebrides are used to the odd unusual object washing up on the shore – but an entire oil rig platform, which ran aground at Dalmore Beach in Carloway last year, was still something of a surprise!

The semi-submersible drilling rig, 'Transocean Winner', was being towed by tug from Norway to Malta in August 2016 when the tow-line snapped during a storm while on passage west of the Hebrides.

And Carloway residents woke up on the morning of Monday, August 8th, to discover an oil rig sitting on the rocks at Dalmore.

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An island sky for the eagles…

 

By Eilidh Whiteford

Wonderfully secluded, covering some 12,500 acres of wild, rock-strewn hills on the west coast, Morsgail is one of the most stunning estates on the Isle of Lewis.

As for the island’s wild residents, guests at Morsgail are spoilt for choice with many golden eagles nesting on estate lands, deer grazing in front of the windows, and otters bobbing about in the river.

Boasting a prolific salmon river and renowned deer forest, the estate delivers some of the finest fishing and stalking opportunities available; as well as a plethora of other activities, from walking and wildlife-watching to boat-trips and water sports.

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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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