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Smokehouse becomes shop window for Isles

By Eilidh Whiteford
Photographs by  Roz Skinner

Back to basics and ensuring visitors are treated to a full Hebridean experience, Salar Smokehouse in Lochcarnan is back in business.

Set up in 1987 as a small business in South Uist, just over a decade later, Salar Salmon had become an international name and was bought over by Loch Duart Ltd in 2008.

By April 2015 however, the plant was shut down, with the loss of 10 local jobs.

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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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New base in town for tweed products exporter

By EilidhWhiteford

Filling a large corner of alisted art deco building in James Street, Stornoway,which was itself many years ago a working Harris Tweed mill, fashion and accessories company Rarebird continues to put its individual stamp on the world-famous fabric. 

Established by designer Paulette Brough in 2007, and based in Carloway since 2010, last year saw Rarebird open its second workshop and studio outlet at 1 Bells Road, Stornoway. 

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The orb shines brighter over world for Harris Tweed

By Eilidh Whiteford

The origin of Harris Tweed – the cloth made from virgin wool dyed, spun and hand-woven by islanders in the Outer Hebrides – is famous around the world. And the tradition cannot be escaped at the Harris Tweed Isle of Harris store in Tarbert, owned and operated by the third generation of the Campbell family of weavers.

Open 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday, the shop is something of an Aladdin’s cave of Harris Tweed and Hebridean wool items with a plethora of tweed items from a variety of coat and jacket styles, to Harris Tweed boots and shoes, bags, accessories and gifts.

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Island pride in the Harris Tweed renaissance

As visitors to Lewis and Harris will easily learn, there is a lot of local pride in the renaissance of Harris Tweed. This is the one industry which is utterly unique to these islands – a status that is underpinned by an Act of Parliament. To be the genuine article, according to the Harris Tweed Act which was updated and reinforced at Westminster in 1993, the fabled fabric must be made from pure virgin wool, handwoven at the home of the weaver in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. The woven tweed is then returned to the mill where it is authenticated by a stamper with the Orb trade mark.

The stamper is employed by the Harris Tweed Authority which exists, under the Act, to protect the trademark and safeguard the integrity of the product. The Harris Tweed Orb is the oldest British trademark in continuous use, dating back for more than a century. This is indeed an industry which has a long and distinguished story to tell. 

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