By Eilidh Whiteford
“Appear at the right time and visitors might just get a wee sample straight out of the oven – and that's a rare treat!” says Salar Smokehouse owner Iain MacRury.
Originally established in 1987, Salar Smokehouse was bought by former production manager Iain in 2015, when previous owners Loch Duart Ltd shut down the plant.
Last year saw the business reopen to great success, not only through its internationally recognised Salar Salmon products, but also the expansion of the Smokehouse shop to now house fine crafts and gift-wares by 27 local artisans, including exclusive Hebridean Jewellery ranges.
“The shop has been a success and everything we stock is unique to us,” said Iain. “We make sure we don't carry lines that the other island shops do as we don't want to compete, and it lets us offer something different.”
And this summer new product developments and fish flavours ensure even more mouth-watering treats in store, with the new 'Salar Smokie' – the Uist version of an Arbroath Smokie - and new salmon flavours of Lemon and Black Pepper, Lemon and Tarragon, and Chilli and Lime.
“We make our own rub for the chilli and lime, so you can't get quite the same anywhere else,” Iain said, adding: “And it's going down very well so far.”
Yet there is more, as during the summer a stop-off at Salar Smokehouse could see customers come away with just about anything, as Iain and his team will be smoking whatever fish and shellfish the local boats bring home on the day.
“We'll have smoked scallops in the summer and we'll be doing special smoking's on the day of whatever comes in from the local boats,” Iain said. “It'll be limited and a one-off each day, but it'll be as fresh and as local as it comes!”
For delicious fish, gifts, crafts and much more, a stop at Salar Smokehouse, situated at The Pier in Lochcarnan, is well worth it – especially after the fishing boats have landed!