Hebridean Norsemen…amazing history revealed!

A new exhibition in Museum nan Eilean, Benbecula, called ‘Hebridean Norsemen’ explores the Norse period in the Outer Hebrides from the first arrival of the Vikings to their settlement on the islands.

The exhibition charts changes in the daily life of the inhabitants of the islands, the importance of craft activities and the artistic and religious life of the immigrants.

Archaeological artefacts from a number of sites across the Outer Hebrides are exhibited, including finds from Cardiff University’s decade-long archaeological excavation at Bornais in South Uist.

Concert showcase for students

The talents of four up and coming music makers are on show this weekend as ‘Eabhal’ take to the stage in the Lews Castle College UHI Music department End of Year concert in St Mary’s Hall, Griminish, on Friday, June 9th.
Jamie MacDonald (fiddle), Nicky Kirk (guitar), Hamish Hepburn (pipes/flute) and Megan MacDonald (accordion), met and began playing together as students at the Lews Castle College UHI base in Uist; and over the past two years have been performing throughout Europe and the UK, as well as releasing their self-titled EP.  (Photo Hamish Hepburn - ©Eabhal Music - above - with Wilf Stone)
Playing folk music from Scotland, Ireland, Europe and further, alongside self-penned tunes, Eabhal are bringing a unique new sound to the music scene, with nods from those in the know such as Blazin’ Fiddles’ member Angus Lyon: “Full of energy and bold ideas but firmly grounded in the Scottish and Gaelic tradition, Eabhal are one of Scotland’s brightest up and coming bands that continue to evolve our music.”

Luxury holiday houses in the Outer Hebrides 

 

Luxury Holiday Houses Ltd’ are nowhere better represented than on the fabulous Outer Hebrides. 

With the finest house to be built on the Isle of Harris in recent years, Oran na Mara, as feather in their cap they also represent a whole selection of
4 and 5 star cottages throughout Lewis, Harris, North Uist and South Uist and continue to seek out the very best the islands can offer. 

Based on the Black Isle ensures that they are close enough not only to get to know the islands and the properties well but also to visit regularly to ensure high standards are maintained. 

Continually seeking houses of a very special nature and quality for those for whom it is so important they find home from home comforts, or a level of luxury not often met in self catering, is of paramount importance to this company. 

Being Highlands based their knowledge of the Highlands and Islands is comprehensive and they are happy to listen to your requirements and find the best house match for a successful holiday.  

With exacting standards to be met and maintained choosing an LHH holiday home is your assurance of quality accommodation and a warm welcome in the Islands. 

HebCeltFest stacks up more awards

The Scottish Tourism Minister has praised the Hebridean Celtic Festival’s ‘remarkable achievement’ in being selected as one of the top 10 UK Summer Festivals by an influential publication for the fifth year in succession.
HebCelt, which is marking its 20 anniversary this year, is again the only Scottish festival on the list compiled by world music magazine Songlines, which places the island festival alongside the likes of Glastonbury and the Cambridge Folk Festival.
Supported through Creative Scotland’s Open Fund, the four-day event, which is being held from 15-18 July in Stornoway, is expected to attract a multi-national audience of 15,000.
The Songlines accolade is another honour for HebCelt which was named Best Event or Festival in the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards in November.
Fergus Ewing said: “Being selected by Songlines as one of the Top 10 Summer Festivals for a fifth time in succession is a remarkable achievement by HebCelt and everyone involved in organising the festival.
“The fact it is the only Scottish festival to be included in the list makes it an even greater accolade and one that is well deserved for its promotion of traditional music and the Gaelic language and its support of young artists.
“The Outer Hebrides are beautiful islands and a popular destination for many tourists. They have a rich heritage and are full of culture with something for everyone to see and visit. I would encourage those visiting HebCelt to take the opportunity to explore the rest of these wonderful islands.” Festival Director Caroline MacLennan said the five-in-a-row achievement was a great honour and a tribute to the work done by the team behind HebCelt..
She added: “Coming in our 20th year this demonstrates that we are continuing not just to maintain high standards but are growing all the time. This recognition from Songlines further enhances our reputation on the international stage.”
The 20th HebCelt features acts including Afro Celt Sound System, Treacherous Orchestra, the Karen Matheson Band, Shooglenifty, Chastity Brown, Le Vent du Nord, Raghu Dixit and Salsa Celtica on its two main stages.
There are also performances in An Lanntair arts centre and in rural parts of Lewis and Harris, with an integral part of the festival being support for the Gaelic language and young emerging talent.
Meanwhile a duo formed just last year won a prestigious stage slot at the Festival this summer.  Bella and the Bear, formed by Stuart Ramage and Lauren Gilmour, from Ayr, were one of eight finalists in the competition held as part of the Calmac Culture Music contest run by CalMac Ferries Ltd.
The duo, who are in the second year studying commercial music at the University of the West of Scotland in Ayr, play on the award-winning festival’s Island Stage on Friday 17 July.
Lauren said: “We’re so excited to have won the slot at the festival. We first heard of the CalMac Culture competition through social media and we thought it could do no harm to create a video together and apply.
“To be lucky enough to win the slot at HebCelt is just incredible. It’s so reassuring to know our music appeals to a wider audience and we cannot wait to spend our first summer as a band performing at such a wonderful festival.
“We’ve never played at a festival before and it’s beyond exciting. We’ve worked really hard to have our music heard over the last few months and an opportunity like this makes all of that completely worthwhile.”
The CalMac Culture Music contest is aimed at finding the best amateur singers and musicians. This year the search was extended to include bands as well as promising singer/songwriters.
Entrants submitted a video of a performance of an original piece of music to YouTube and then encouraged fans to view and like the video. The eight finalists each performed two live acoustic tracks to judges and a 150-strong audience at King Tut’s in Glasgow.
And Scottish indie rock band Idlewild have joined the line-up for the HCF.  The five-piece, headed by Roddy Woomble, are one of a number of international acts in the line-up.  The group, formed by Woomble and Rod Jones as teenagers in Edinburgh in 1995, began playing again recently after a five-year break.  They also released their seventh studio album, Everything Ever Written, last month to critical acclaim.
Roddy Woomble, who has appeared previously at HebCelt as a solo artist, said: “We are all delighted to be returning to the beautiful Isle of Lewis again for HebCelt’s 20th anniversary.  Idlewild played in Stornoway as part of our Highlands and Islands acoustic tour in October, so it will be nice to come back with the full band in the summertime to play at one of Scotland’s best festivals.”
Festival organisers have also announced three more artists for the acoustic stage, introduced for the first time last year.   Skye musician Richard Macintyre’s latest solo project, Siiga, visits HebCelt as part of a 2015 UK, Ireland and European tour, and teenage singing sensation Eleanor Nicolson, from Lewis, who launched HebCelt’s Criomagan series of taster sessions last year, returns for an acoustic set.  Joining them is Lewis-born Alyth McCormack who has recently toured with The Chieftains and has also sung with greats such as Martin Carthy, Jacqui Dankworth,  Ry Cooder and Eddi Reader.  Alyth is launching her new album ‘Homelands’ at the festival.

The collective heart is still heavy with loss

By Katie Laing
THERE are few events in life which would still be mourned 100 years later — but so deep and sore was the wound inflicted on Lewis and other Hebridean islands by The Great War, that the collective heart is still heavy with loss.
As sure as the poppies still grow in Flanders fields, the tears still flow at the memory of the hundreds of sons, husbands, fathers and brothers who never came home.
The Going Down of the Sun is a beautiful hardback published jointly by Acair and Comunn Eachdraidh Nis (Ness Historical Society), which features a selection of first-hand accounts on the war by local survivors. These accounts were transcribed from interviews recorded on tape in the 1970s by the fledgling historical society. A wealth of other historical information has been put into the book alongside these precious stories, including a new version of the Roll of Honour and an impressive timeline, which sets out the chronology of the war. This timeline does not just detail the significant events as they played out, including all the victories and defeats in battle and the losses of various ships; it also includes the losses of every individual soldier and seaman.  On May 9 in 1915, for example, nine men aged 19 to 31 lost their lives. Most were killed in  action in France.
Acair managing editor Agnes Rennie, who was herself involved in recording some of the interviews in the 1970s, said it was a “hugely important” book and paid tribute to everyone involved.
It was edited by Donald Alasdair Morrison and designed by Graham Starmore. Funding came from Bòrd na Gàidhlig, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, the Scottish Government Gaelic Unit, and some smaller trusts.
Originally Dòmhnall Alasdair, now retired from Customs and Excise, came on board to edit and translate the transcriptions of the veterans’ interviews but it quickly became apparent that there was a wealth of material which could also be used.
Families — not to mention the Comunn Eachdraidh itself, which has official museum status — had carefully preserved photographs, letters and other memorabilia. A series of open days were held in Ness where this was all gathered together.
For Dòmhnall Alasdair, one of the trickiest tasks was making sure that the names of all the men who were lost appeared in the timeline in the correct place.
“It was a big checking operation,” he said, adding that he was struck by “the sheer scale” of the number who volunteered and were called up.
“The numbers are quite staggering,” he said. “From Habost, for example, I think there were 88 on active service. There are probably about eight men today who are in that age bracket. Of 900, 216 were lost.”
The whole story, told in black and white, is harrowing at times, with the loss of the Iolaire so close to home on New Years Day 1919 the most cruel blow of all. One of the survivor accounts in the chapter ‘Bha Mi Ann’ (I Was There) is from Donald ‘Am Patch’ Morrison, who famously survived the tragedy by clinging to the mast until he was rescued the following morning. His brother, who was on board with him, did not survive and his body was never found.
There are accounts of being left for dead on the battlefield — Murdo Murray recalled his sergeant saying “leave him alone, he’s finished anyway” — as well as tales of bravery aboard the Q-ships, the decoy merchant ships which sank a number of German U-boats.
One woman’s story features in the first-hand accounts – that of Jessie Martin, who served in a munitions factory – but the stories of many others are told along the way too.
Catherine Murray, for example, had six sons on active service and she and husband Norman were told they could choose one to come home. Catherine wanted to send for William, the youngest, but her husband refused, saying he would leave them all in God’s hands. All six survived the war.
There is a roll call, at the start of the book, of the number of men from each village who were in each regiment. The new roll of honour is at the end and features new personal information such as nicknames and subsequent marriages, when that information was known, in addition to the crofts and regiments listed in the original ‘Loyal Lewis’.
Another powerful chapter is the one featuring letters home. The exchange of letters between Roderick Murray and his family is especially moving. Roderick, 20, had already been killed in Mesopotamia when his father Norman wrote the last letter to him on November 13, 1917. The letter was returned marked ‘killed in action’.
The very last pages of the book feature lines from the poem For The Fallen by Laurence Binyon, alongside some faces of the men who never came home.  “They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning… We will remember them.”


* The Going Down of the Sun is available from Acair priced £19.99.

Outside activities…in Hebridean style and with local food!

During the summer of 2014, the Segway X2s were a familiar sight taking visitors and locals alike around the Lews Castle Grounds in Stornoway.
These 2 wheeled, zero-emission, battery powered machines built for rugged, off-road conditions are a unique way to experience what the Castle Grounds has to offer.  The Segway Guides leading each tour provide insights into the place and its people that add up to a rich local history.
In 2015, several new activities are available alongside the Segway Tours and Treks to cater for the wide range of requests the operators received during 2014.  These include Stornoway Walking Tours, Forest Archery and Geocaching trails, along with mountain bike and other equipment hire.
The Stornoway Walking Tour is an opportunity to see, hear and taste the best of what Stornoway has to offer.  The owners Lynne and Findlay Maciver experienced food-tasting tours while in New York and have brought this concept to the Island. 
Alongside seeing and hearing about the history and sights of Stornoway Town Centre, participants can taste local delicacies such as Macleod’s Butchers’ award winning Stornoway Black Pudding and Stag Bakeries crackers flavoured with local seaweed.  These tours take place during Visit Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, celebrating the depth and richness of what Scotland has to offer in food and drink.
Inspired by the Hunger Games books and movies, or closer to home, Disney’s animated movie Brave with its Hebridean connections, bows and arrows are enjoying an increase in popularity. Forest Archery is the opportunity to experience the thrill of archery in the open air. With training and equipment provided, this is suitable for families and groups from the age of six and up.
Geocaching, a form of modern day orienteering, is available to many through their smart phones and GPS built into many devices.  For those not yet familiar with geocaching, Experience Hebrides has guides available to help you get started and find your way around.
‘Caches’, the name for the object or ‘treasure’ you set out to look for, can be found in the Castle Grounds, with a Geocaching trail set up by Experience Hebrides with information about the Castle Grounds history also available.
Equipment is available for hire including mountain bikes to explore the numerous purpose-built tracks throughout the Castle Grounds and GPS units, great for Island wide cycling and walking with local maps and pre-programmed routes.
For more information about the activities and equipment for hire, please visit  experiencehebrides.com.  Experience Hebrides Limited was established in 2014. Operating from the Woodlands Centre in Stornoway it provides Segway trekking and tours, archery, GPS, walking tours and mountain bike hire working with partner organisation Bike Hebrides.

Live and eat the Hebridean way…and taste the difference!

The last 15 years have seen a steady growth in Hebridean produce. So, as a guide to visitors and local people alike, we have concocted a set of meals created almost entirely using what is produced here on the islands.
While it might prove impractical to accumulate all the ingredients in the course of a single real day, this exercise gives a taste of what is available locally, without recourse to a chain store.
Although suggested sources are provided, there are others: in the case of breakfast eggs, for instance, there are myriad suppliers dotted about the islands of various sorts, from quail to goose, often sold through locally-owned outlets, like garage shops, or butchers.

Breakfast
Full Scottish Cooked Breakfast: Free Range Eggs; Dry-cured Bacon; Sausages; Stornoway Black Pudding; Grilled Tomatoes; Toast; Marmalade
For eggs, you could try: Buna Eggs from North Harris (available at Lewis Crofters, Island Road, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis); or Air An Lot croft eggs from Ness (sold in W J MacDonald Butchers, Francis Street, Stornoway); An Gàrradh Mòr (Kilbride, South Uist); or, on the Isle of Barra, Bùth Bharraigh. That’s to name just a few!
Now, onto the meat! 40 North Foods (North Bragar, West Lewis) make dry-cured bacon from locally-reared pigs (and also have a plethora of other foodstuffs including ham, chorizo and smoked venison).
Next, perhaps your tastebuds will lead you to the shop-made sausages from Macleod & Macleod (Church Street, Stornoway), and W.J. Macdonald (Francis Street, Stornoway), which are often available gluten-free.
Stornoway black pudding could complete the protein package, and is produced by a number of butchers: Charles Macleod Butchers, aka Charley Barley’s, (Ropework Park, Stornoway); Macleod & Macleod (Church Street, Stornoway); W.J. Macdonald (Francis Street, Stornoway); and Alex France Butchers (Westview Terrace, Stornoway).
Locally grown tomatoes are available from market stalls in the summer. The Lewis & Harris Horticultural Producers Association run a stall in Perceval Square (Stornoway) on Fridays and Saturdays, 9am-2pm. A whole host of produce is also available on other islands, for instance, from An Gàrradh Mòr (Kilbride, South Uist), there is: soft fruit - gooseberries, rhubarb, blackcurrants (summer); vegetables and salads - tomatoes, courgettes, carrots, onions, peas in the pod, broad beans, lettuce  (summer); and herbs - parsley, chives, fennel, dill, rosemary, sage, basil (summer).
For your toast, try bread from one of the local bakers – for example, there’s Macleans on Benbecula or Stag Bakeries in Stornoway.  And nothing beats rich, chunky home-made marmalade. Get some Buna Green Grocery marmalade from the Tarbert market stall (North Harris), which runs on Wednesday afternoons from 2-4pm in the village centre (opposite the Bank of Scotland). Other local jams and preserves are sold by dozens of outlets across the islands – one major venue being the Claddach Kirkibost Centre in North Uist with the Hebridean Kitchen range.
If you don’t fancy a Full Scottish, go for kippers instead…such as those from Stornoway Fish Smokers (Shell Street, Stornoway), the last surviving traditional smokehouse in the islands.

Lunch
Smoked Salmon Sandwiches with Lettuce and Herbs; Hard-boiled quail eggs; Fresh Peaches; Beer (optional)
You should never be at a loss for smoked salmon in the Outer Hebrides, and the choice of textures and flavours is wide. Uig Lodge smoked salmon won the Speciality Producer of the Year at the 2014 Great Taste Awards, and is available either direct from the lodge or from The Good Food Boutique (Cromwell Street, Stornoway).
Add lettuce and herbs from Brue Salads (10 Brue, West Lewis), or from An Gàrradh Mòr (Kilbride, South Uist); or various occasional market stalls.
Try a different bread this time: The Decca in Lionel (Ness, North Lewis) offers some truly wondrous artisan breads available in the local shop, or to order.
Get your fresh quail eggs from Cristina Morrison of Amhuinnsuidhe (North Harris). They are on sale in the little “honesty shop” at the castle, where you select what you want and pop your money in the box.
Fresh peaches? In the Outer Hebrides? Well, of course! There is only a short season, naturally, but Donald Hope of South Dell (North Lewis) will have glasshouse-grown peaches for you from mid-July. Buy them from his stall in Perceval Square (Stornoway) on a Saturday morning (7.30am-1pm) where you might also get some grapes (at the end of August) and tomatoes, as well as hen’s eggs.
The Hebridean Brewing Company (Stornoway) makes a range of thirst-quenching beers, on sale widely at licensed outlets.

Tea
Scones and Jam; Assorted Cakes; Shortbread
The Outer Hebrides are pretty much the baking capital of Britain, with a deeply embedded tradition of home-made bread, cakes and biscuits, which has been transferred into the marketplace without any loss of quality.  MacKinnon’s Bakery (Plasterfield, Stornoway) makes a huge range of baked goodies, which you can buy at the bakery or in shops around the islands.
For something a little more homely, take a trip to Tarbert, where on a Wednesday afternoon from 2-4pm the local market stall has scones, teacake, shortbread and biscuits baked by Kathleen MacLeod of Luskentyre (South Harris). If you miss the stall then pop into John Morrison’s Store (AKA Brownie’s) in Tarbert, where he sells Kathleen’s full range, as well as Harris fruit, veg and salad, when available.
For a real treat, try one of the special occasion cakes from Iced Gems of Ness (North Lewis) or some of the dinky little cupcakes made by Karina Murray of Stornoway, which can be purchased in Tong Shop (East Lewis).
And there are other locally-produced ranges available from Claddach Kirkibost Centre in North Uist, and from Bùth Bharraigh in Castlebay.

Dinner
Moules Marinière; Crusty Bread; Lemon & Garlic Lamb Steaks; New Potatoes; French Beans; Strawberries and Cream; Cheese; Seaweed Biscuits; Whisky; Coffee; Fudge
A feast to finish. You can see mussels growing on their ropes in many seawater lochs around the islands, and they can be bought from several outlets, but try the Stornoway Fisherman’s Coop on King Edward Wharf, where they are available most of the year. For the crusty bread, pick up something scrumptious from 40 North Foods, or a Maclean’s product in Uist.
Island sheep feed on pristine moorland and machair, nibbling wild thyme and sorrel, the odd sprig of heather, wild garlic and angelica, a mix of meadow flowers and even seaweed. As a result, the meat comes richly-seasoned and unequalled in flavour. Buy local lamb from August onwards in many butcher’s shops.
Garlic, onions and lemon are sold fresh by The Veggie Box, at their stall in Perceval Square (Stornoway) every Friday from 8am-3pm and Saturdays from 8am-1pm. There is also a full range of vegetables and fruit available at the ultra-modern Maclennan’s Supermarket in Balivanich.  For seasoning, choose Lewis-made Hebridean Sea Salt, available at The Good Food Boutique (Stornoway), and many other outlets.
New potatoes, of several varieties, and French beans are regulars on the local market stalls, where you will find plenty of alternatives if they have sold out. Or you could try the Horshader Community Growing Project in Shawbost and Dalmore (West Lewis), on the west side of Lewis.
Fresh, locally-grown strawberries aren’t as rare as you might imagine on the islands. Get some from The Veggie Box’s stall (Perceval Square, Stornoway) from the middle of June onwards – or from various grocery and garage shops throughout the Islands – as well as An Gàrradh Mòr (South Uist).
For cheese connoisseurs, there is a real treat in store. The Isle of Lewis Cheese Company (Vatisker, Back, East Lewis) is the island’s only artisan cheese-making micro-dairy, and it produces a selection of cheeses, including a new goat’s milk soft variety and a blue cheese.  Enjoy them with some Stag Bakery Seaweed Water Biscuits (widely available), made with seaweed harvested from the local shoreline - the perfect partner for such outstanding cheese.
As you settle down after the meal, try one of the whiskies from the Abhainn Dearg distillery (Carnish, Uig, West Lewis). If you have a sweet tooth, try a little Hebridean Toffee from Castlebay, or some Lewis Larder fudge tablet, and finish the evening with a rich cup of peat-smoked coffee from the Hebridean Coffee Company (available to buy from Bùth an Rubha in Point, Tong Community Shop, both in eastern Lewis, and Delights in Stornoway, amongst others).
What a delicious day – and (almost) all of it local.

The sights of Harris lure portrait painter to open little gallery

By Taylor Edgar

A Dutch artist who had the Royal Family of the Netherlands sit for their portraits has opened a ‘wee’ gallery in Harris.

The small Northton Gallery which is her studio at the same time came about almost by accident when guests staying at the family’s holiday lets (Beachview Cottages) began expressing an interest in Suzan Offereins’ art and wishing to purchase her work.

From that point it was back to the future.  Before moving with her family to Harris seven years ago, Suzan had owned an art gallery for 20 years in a large converted post office in the Netherlands.  By comparison the Northton Gallery at 13 Northton is a much humbler affair, which came about more by accident than design in a ‘but and ben’ cottage.

Primarily, Suzan along with husband, Jan; daughter Sytske (15); and son, Bart, who (together with his partner Alici runs Harris Outdoor Adventure in Leverburgh) moved to Harris because of the beauty of the landscape, the light and the ever-changing skies and colours of the sea.

Though a portrait painter by profession, Suzan quickly found inspiration in the dramatic land and seascapes of Harris and decided to apply her portraiture skills to what she could see around in her South Harris.  For a painter, the nature in Harris is “overwhelming”.

Where Suzan differs is in her using the discipline and precision demanded by portrait painting and bringing it to bear on landscapes to capture the ever-changing moods and light.

Currently on display in the gallery is an eclectic mix of seascapes that seek to capture the rolling of the waves, birds including puffins and auks, and “lots of sheep”.

Working in oils on paper and canvas, her subjects are all part of the rich natural history tapestry of South Harris, Suzan’s adopted homeland.

As well as painter, she is also an art teacher and would like to give the opportunity to people wishing to learn the art of painting.  A firm believer that everyone can be taught to paint, Suzan’s lessons show budding artists how to set up a landscape, capture the light and inject their painting with atmosphere.

Most of her pupils at the moment, though, are school age.  Suzan is now well known around Harris as an itinerant art teacher but it in the past taught adults students in the Netherlands.

For someone so soaked in art, one suspects that Harris will never cease to throw up surprises because of its dynamic weather and quality of light that kicks up such vivid colours.

Confirms Suzan:  “Absolutely, it was the colours that made me compelled to paint landscapes.  It was a dream to move here to Harris.  There’s four seasons in a day, I don’t think I have been anywhere where everything can change so rapidly.  Sometimes the landscape is very impressionistic with soft pastel skies, changing into very expressionistic lively turquoise seas, the wind blowing a frail of lace over the waves, or dramatic dark moody clouds coming in, throwing dark purple shadows on the white sandy beaches.”

Though she is once again a gallery owner, Suzan is determined not to lose sight of why she moved to South Harris in the first place.  She still goes for long walks.  She still goes out in the family boat to fish in the Sound of Harris.  The gallery is open… when the sign is out or by appointment.


Launch for new-look Bosville Hotel

 

 

Images by Roz Skinner from the official relaunch of the Bosville Hotel in Portree

Luxury and attention to detail were key elements when the Bosville Hotel in Portree officially launched its new bistro-style restaurant, Dulse & Brose, on June 1 2015.

Over 100 guests came, admiring the changes which the Bosville's new owners, Perle Hotels Ltd., had made to the surroundings.  The atmosphere successfully combined functionality with comfort, and guests were able to relax and listen to live musicians playing upbeat traditional music. 

The new Dulse & Brose restaurant aims to produce food that reflects just how diverse and delicious local cuisine is, so the taster menu was filled with ingredients obtained on or near the Isle of Skye.  Dulse (edible seaweed) and brose (an uncooked form of porridge) are both natural Scottish ingredients - thus, the name is reflective of the restaurant's mantra to showcase traditional Scottish food with a contemporary flair.  Guests enjoyed delicious canapés, including smoked mushroom soup and Glendale rocket pesto, gin-cured salmon with fennel salad and Achmore crowdie with oatcake and red onion chutney.

The bar area was warm and cosy, with a welcoming stove flickering in the corner.  Like the Dulse & Brose restaurant, the bar offered a wide selection of Scottish drinks, including an Isle of Skye Brewery Tasting Flight, Scottish gin and, of course, plenty of whisky! 

Visitors at the Dulce & Brose launch party relished a taste of what the hotel and restaurant will be offering in the future.  If you want to enjoy a fun night out in a restaurant that celebrates all things Scottish, look no further than the Dulse & Brose at The Bosville!  To find out more, visit http://www.dulsebrose.com/ and http://www.bosvillehotel.co.uk/.