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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NOTE: The advertisement included in HEB Magazine 2016 is out-of-date.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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Bird of Prey Trail for Outer Hebrides

Outer Hebrides Tourism and RSPB Scotland have joined forces to launch a new Bird of Prey Trail in the Outer Hebrides.

Both organisations wish to highlight one of the islands’ greatest natural assets: the abundance of birds of prey.

RSPB Scotland’s Robin Reid said, “The Outer Hebrides is a stronghold for several of Scotland’s most iconic predators including both golden eagles and sea eagles. For many visitors to the islands, an eagle encounter is the highlight of their stay. The Outer Hebrides Bird of Prey Trail links the best places to watch birds of prey throughout the islands and aims to attract more visitors to enjoy these spectacular birds.”

Read more: Bird of Prey Trail for Outer Hebrides

St Kilda boat operator looks forward to new summer

It’s fair to say the year 2015 was one to forget for Hebridean boat-operators.   In fact, Seumas Morrison, of Sea Harris, says the horrendous weather made it the worst he had ever experienced.

“Without a shadow of a doubt, last year was the worst,” he said. “We were only out five times in May. That’s unheard of.”

Not getting out to sea was particularly frustrating for Seumas, as he had just taken delivery of a brand new boat.  However, ever the optimist, he has simply transferred his enthusiasm from this time last year to now. 

And thankfully, the bookings are still coming in thick and fast, a welcome indicator that the cancellations of 2015 haven’t put people off for 2016.

Read more: St Kilda boat operator looks forward to new summer

Uist Smokehouse nominated for BBC food ‘oscar’

Hebridean Smokehouse in Clachan, Isle of North Uist, is one of three finalists in the Best Food Producer section in the 16th BBC Food and Farming Awards, it was announced today (Sunday).
Hebridean Smokehouse has been smoking locally reared and landed fish and shellfish for nearly 30 years.  All of the salmon, sea trout and shellfish used by Hebridean Smokehouse comes from, or is landed on Uist, and the peat used to smoke these products is cut from the island.
Hebridean Smokehouse began life as a small business in about 1983 with the trading name of Mermaid Fish supplies, owned and run by George and Rosemary Jackson.  Mermaid mainly supplied local islanders with fresh white fish landed on Uist and latterly, with the acquisition of a small smoking kiln, the Jacksons started peat smoking the cod, haddock and locally farmed salmon.
With the retirement of Mr and Mrs Jackson in 2000 the business was taken forward by Fergus and Anne Granville and the name Hebridean Smokehouse introduced.  Since they took over, the smokehouse has grown in size with a new building and a larger kiln that now smokes all the salmon, seatrout and shellfish in the Hebridean range - although sadly none of the whitefish once landed so regularly here in the Outer Hebrides.
Today Hebridean Smokehouse employs around 12 local people all year round with many more joining the team at Christmas.
The presenter of BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme and founder of the awards Sheila Dillon says that through the nominations for the awards we want “to find out from our listeners who the food heroes were in their neighbourhoods - anyone, any organisation, that through food was making life in Britain better."
The winners of the 2015 awards come from right across the UK, and include Queens University, Belfast’s Professor Chris Elliott who was presented with the Food Game Changer Award by Julia Glotz, for his government review into the horsemeat scandal and his important work in advising the government on assurance of food supply networks.  BBC Cook of the Year was Bristol’s Jo Ingleby who has developed the idea of ‘experimental cookery’ for the under-fives, and Best Food Producer was presented by Cyrus Todiwala to Northumberland’s Doddington Dairy.
Eighty-two year-old Joan Bomford from Worcester scooped the Countryfile Farming Hero Award, having been farming since the 1930s.  And Randolph Hodgson of Neals Yard Dairy was honoured with the Derek Cooper Lifetime Achievement Award.  Bristol Mayor George Ferguson presented
Steve Griffiths, Head Gardener for the Knowle West Health Association at Springfield Allotments in Knowle West with BBC Radio Bristol’s Food Hero gong.

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'.

Read more: Celebrity status for island's jerseys