Trains and boats…and fish!

Andy Race, of Andy Race Fish Merchants, based near the quay in Mallaig, is a familiar name on Skye as his vans constantly traverse the Island, bringing freshly caught fish to a restaurants, cafés and other outlets across the Island.

And his face became better known this winter when he joined actress Julie Walters on the first of the four-part Channel Four series Coastal Railways in which she travelled the West Highland Railway on the Jacobite steam train, memorable for its starring role in the Harry Potter films, before getting some practical training in “extreme violence” and blowing up railway lines at Arisaig House – home to the Special Operations Executive that trained agents in World War Two.

Arriving at Mallaig, once the biggest herring port in Europe, Julie got a lesson from Andy in, among other delicacies, gutting and smoking herring to make kippers before catching the ferry from Mallaig to the Isle of Skye where she met George Macpherson of Glendale, one of the last ‘seanchaidh’ or traditional Scottish storytellers.

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New Green twist for café’s service

By Roz Macaskill

Sparks fly in the wood-fired oven, as another of Cafe Sia's trademark pizzas bubbles to perfection.

The Broadford-based cafe has been delivering Scottish food with an Italian twist to the island since 2014 – and cafe director, Tom Eveling, says 2018 will be a year of exciting changes.

Part of those changes include a drive to make the cafe more eco-friendly. Solar panels will be introduced to heat water and the arrival of an induction hob will reduce the amount of gas consumed.

Tom plans to add a further aspect to the business – one that will combine pizza with accommodation. Tom states: “I stay in Broadford and I am planning to turn a bothy, in my back garden, into a place to stay. It will be able to sleep one to two people and anyone who stays beyond two nights will get a free pizza!”

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Expanding choice for visitors and Islanders…

By Roz Macaskill

James Robertson says he aims to add something fresh and dynamic to Skye's visitor experience – and with the Isle of Skye Candle Company and Deli Gasta in Broadford, and his recent take over of the Clan Donald restaurant and bar in Armadale, it seems he is succeeding.

Deli Gasta’s recent TripAdvisor reviews include:
"Lovely ambience with great coffee and food."
"Very friendly staff, lovely hot coffee and delicious lemon sponge."
"Best location in Broadford."
"The Old Mill has an excellent atmosphere for the traveller who wants to break the journey."

James transformed the old mill into a unique dining space, which has recently undergone exciting renovations. Since its opening in 2016, the deli has become a popular stop for casual lunch and coffees, with a friendly atmosphere and a dog-welcoming mantra.

James aims to source local ingredients whenever possible. A delicious range of fresh Hebridean seafood, Arran cheese and local baking are all on offer. The deli also caters to pescatarian and vegetarian visitors, with a carefully curated menu of daily specials, sandwiches, soups and home baking.

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Chef’s works of art!

When you taste the culinary delights at Portree restaurant Scorrybreac, you are not only eating a meal that celebrates Skye - you are consuming art.

Because new chef, Matt Kidd, views his creations as a form of artistic self-expression.

He says: "The food is a reflection of me. I love spending my days in the kitchen. I don't need a day off as I spend so much time doing what I enjoy!"

Working at Calum Munro's restaurant, Scorrybreac, will be Matt's first venture in charge of his own kitchen. Matt will bring enthusiasm and experience to the kitchen - as his journey into the culinary world started six years ago when he was a waiter at a golf club in Glasgow. The job was intended to fund his college course in sports coaching - but ultimately changed his life forever! Matt explains: "The guys in the kitchen always seemed to be having a lot of fun. I thought that cooking seemed a really exciting thing to do."

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Favourite food and drink…altogether for you at festival

By Roz Macaskill

What's your all-time favourite food? A mouth-watering slab of chocolate, melting over the tongue?
Maybe you like a fabulous seafood platter?
Or, perhaps you're drawn to Skye's famous whisky and gin, sparkling in the glass.

All those sumptuous edibles and many more will be waiting for you at the Skye Food and Drink Festival, held on Wednesday 13 June to Thursday 14 June at the Aros Centre. Some of Scotland's finest food and drink suppliers will be gathering, ready for you to try their delicious creations.

Organised by Project Manager, Pam Allan, the festival has evolved from a whisky, gin and beer event into one that embraces all kinds of out-of-this-world concoctions.

With cocktail-making with Isle of Skye Distillers, food demonstrations, competitions, a panel of experts to assist with food-related questions and the chance to taste everything - this year's festival promises to be a taste-bud treat!

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