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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Café with art and vistas…


NOTE: The advertisement included in HEB Magazine 2016 is out-of-date.  This is the correct one.  We apologise for this error

Situated at Ardhasaig on the Isle of Harris, the vistas open to visitors from Hebscape Gallery and Tearoom are rivalled only by the fine art landscape photography displayed within.

Overlooking West Loch Tarbert, with panoramic views towards Taransay and the North Harris mountains, Hebscape Gallery and Tearoom was opened in 2014 by professional photographer Darren Cole and partner Chris Griffiths.

Darren and Chris’s love affair with the Western Isles began with their first visit in 2008, when Darren was working as a photography tutor at the University of the West of England in Bristol.

Over the next five years they both returned to the isles periodically, with Darren building up a collection of images and exploring different locations.

And in 2013 Darren and Chris made the move to relocate to Ardhasaig, with Hebscape opening the following year.

Open, airy and spacious, the Gallery walls are a delight to look around as Darren’s range of images – from monochrome to colour, abstract to digital illustrations – capture visitors’ interest.

High-quality prints, mounted and framed on-site, are available to buy; and orders can usually be fulfilled overnight.

Greeting cards and Darren’s photography book, both unique to the Gallery, are also available to browse.

And the Gallery is complemented by the Tearoom, run by Chris who trained as a Master Baker and Confectioner, which offers a welcome tea-stop for visitors to Harris, with award-winning Suki leaf teas and Stornoway’s Hebridean Tea Store teas to select from, along with fresh gourmet barista coffee, and a variety of freshly made cakes and scones.

Light meals, including hearty bowls of soup, with home-made Scottish soda bread, and home-made Stornoway hot smoked salmon paté, farmhouse paté, cheese scones with Orkney cheese, are also available to enjoy at the Hebscape Gallery and Tearoom which is open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10.30am to 4.30pm (meals served 12-2.30pm).

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Celebrity status for island's jerseys

Completely hand-knitted by a select group of four island ladies, to own and wear an Eriskay Jersey really is something special.
Traditionally made and sold through the Eriskay Community Shop, Co-Chomunn Eirisgeidh, the jerseys hit international headlines in 2015 when one South Uist resident, teacher Marybell MacIntyre, travelled to the Vatican in Rome to personally present Pope Francis with an Eriskay jersey knitted by herself.
And self-confessed 'jumper junkie', adventurer, author, broadcaster and Taransay 'Castaway' Ben Fogle also boasts through blogs of his 'beautiful hand-knitted jumper from Eriskay in the Outer Hebrides'.

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New catalogue from Hebridean Books

Catalogue from Hebridean Books – sellers of secondhand Scottish, Highlands and Islands, Gaelic, Football and Sport books at reasonable prices.

Catalogue 11                        December 2015

Hebridean Books
19 Eoropie, Ness
Isle of Lewis
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Phone: 07810 448911

Postage will be charged at second class rate       Please allow 14 days for delivery.

If you are unhappy with any book/books I will fully refund the cost of the book and pay for any postage incurred.


1.Notes on the District of Menteith for Tourists and Others by R.B. Cunningham Graham. Illustrated with pen and ink drawings by Walter Bain.H.B Originally published in 1895. This 3rd edition published in 1907. £20

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Gaelic author holds writing workshops in island schools

WRITER Catriona Lexy Campbell is holding a series of workshops in schools across the Uists and Barra this week as part of a project aimed at boosting young people’s writing skills by bringing arts practitioners into the classroom.
Catriona, who is also an actress, poet, dramatist and Associate Artist at Theatre gu Leor, is taking part in the islands-wide Gaelic education project known as Cèaird an Sgrìobhaiche, or The Writer’s Craft.
The project, which aims to bring writers and other artists into a close working partnership with teachers and school communities, is led by Gaelic educational resources organisation Stòrlann and also involves publisher Acair, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s multi-media unit and Gaelic arts agency Proiseact nan Ealan.

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