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SoapmakIng proves a natural route for Linda

The latest skin-care range launched by the Hebridean Soap
Company, named after the first Greek goddess,
Mother Earth Gaia

Photographs and story by Eilidh Whiteford

Step into the world of Hebridean Soap Company and you step into a world of all natural ingredients and fragrances as owner Linda Sutherland and team create an array of soapy delights and lotions from the Breasclete-based business.

Established in 2002, and the first commercial soap producing company in the Western Isles, Hebridean Soap came about as Linda, a former IBM systems programmer, looked for a new challenge in life.

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20 years of cèolas…and many more to come

By Eilidh Whiteford

Twenty years of promoting Gaelic culture and heritage from within the language’s heartland is being celebrated as community-managed project Ceòlas reaches this major milestone.

The brainchild of Hamish Moore, Daliburgh-based Ceòlas began as a week-long summer school in 1996. Mary Schmoller, Ceòlas Operations Manager, said: “Hamish had been to Cape Breton [in eastern Canada] and realised how similar parts of it were still to the culture of the islands.

“He discussed the idea with PnE [Pròiseact nan Ealan, the former national Gaelic Arts Agency] about where would be most suitable and it transpired that South Uist could be a candidate community.

“The project was first run by PnE with the support of the local Arts Development Officer ‘Ryno’ Morrison and, after observing the programme, several people became involved in a variety of roles over the coming years until it became a community-managed project in 2001.”

She continued: “For many of our directors, Ceòlas has given them the opportunity to contribute to the cultural and social development of the islands.

“The Summer School is a beacon of what is best about a Gaelic community, in song, music and dance in public and in private homes at house cèilidhs.”

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Craft-venture couple take over former post office

By Eilidh Whiteford

Bringing the Old Post Office building back to life, Susan and Austen Dancey were delighted to house their Puffin Studio Crafts shop in Creagorry, Benbecula, in the well-known premises.

“People remember it as the Post Office and before that the Bank,” said Austen, “and say that they’re pleased to see the building in use again.” 

“Many tell us that it seems a lot larger than before but all we’ve done is move things around and open up the windows on the road side, which lets in a lot more light.” 

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Smokehouse becomes shop window for Isles

By Eilidh Whiteford
Photographs by  Roz Skinner

Back to basics and ensuring visitors are treated to a full Hebridean experience, Salar Smokehouse in Lochcarnan is back in business.

Set up in 1987 as a small business in South Uist, just over a decade later, Salar Salmon had become an international name and was bought over by Loch Duart Ltd in 2008.

By April 2015 however, the plant was shut down, with the loss of 10 local jobs.

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Borgh pottery… tradition reborn

Even before you step foot inside Borgh Pottery, there’s a wonderful sense of serenity as the soothing sound of a stream gently trickling its way to the sea sets the tone.

And thanks to an extensive refurbishment in 2015, the first thing you see as you enter the building is Sue Blair working her magic on the wheel. 

It was in 1973 that Sue and her husband Alex relocated to Stornoway from Lancashire, as part of an initiative by the now-defunct Highlands and Islands Development Board, to breathe new life into socially and economically fragile areas. 

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