The Skye Magazine is an exciting insight into Skye and Raasay, as well as providing information on new up-and-coming businesses, and new ventures on the island. The Skye Magazine in its printed form, appears once a year from May, and thousands are distributed throughout the islands.

And the on-line edition - below - is updated throughout the year with new reports, photographs and information from all across the Islands.

So, just click download, enjoy learning about the beautiful isles of Skye and Raasay, and, if you aren’t here already, make sure to plan a visit sometime soon!

Ardvasar Inn joins the Eilean Iarmain family

It's more than a hotel - it's a family. Although Hotel Eilean Iarmain is arguably the biggest draw, Fearann Eilean Iarmain is also home to an art gallery, a whisky shop, plays host to a number of outdoor activities and, most recently, added a small gin distillery and the Inn at Ardvasar to the family.

Lucilla Noble is aiming to achieve a welcoming spirit at the Inn. "When visitors walk into Eilean Iarmain, the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly and we want to create that same warmth at the Inn, with the Linne Restaurant specialising in seafood and the MacNaMara Bar serving delicious bar meals, as well as a games room with pool tables”, she says.

"The Ardvasar Hotel dates from the early 1800's and we want to give it back a sense of its history - along with a new pizza oven!"

The whisky shop, run by Rosalyn MacLeod, is located next door to Hotel Eilean Iarmain and stocks not only the award-winning Gaelic Whiskies, but also the recently launched Gaelic Gins, distilled in a small copper still commissioned by her late husband, Sir Iain Noble.

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Pottery’s windows of inspiration

 

By Roz Macaskill 

What do fern-leaves, puffins and the Old Man of Storr have in common?

Each one has provided inspiration for designs by Uig Pottery.

The Pottery first started in 1992 and soon became noted for its iconic and varied range. Pottery owner, Margaret Freestone, relates: "All of us at the Pottery are constantly coming up with new ideas." A member of staff recently came in and pressed a fern leaf onto a piece of clay, creating a textured design. Margaret enthuses: "A rolled out piece of clay can be any shape you like. The huge variety of designs that can be made is very exciting!"

As well as keeping her creativity flowing, Margaret is embarking on a brand new adventure. 2018 will be her first full year as a sole trader. Margaret's vision for the Pottery aims to embrace Skye's iconic landscapes and wildlife, as well as creating objects that will be of use to their new owner. "I emphasise to the team the importance of each item having a purpose," she says. "I try not to make too many dust collectors, as I call them!"

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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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40 years on, Lesley celebrates shop’s long life

 

By Roz Macaskill

A popular fixture for customers near Armadale pier, ‘ragamuffin’ turns 40 this year!

Created by Lesley Robertson in 1978, ‘ragamuffin’ has evolved to specialise in handmade Scottish and Irish knitwear, alongside clothing made from natural fibres in Europe.

A workshop became available in Ardvasar and, in 1978, Lesley set up ‘ragamuffin’. "I started making things in the workshop and people would come in, be intrigued and ask to buy them," she explains. "When I couldn't keep up with demand and kept selling out, I realised it was time to source stock from other, like-minded makers."

After moving to premises on the pier, it was Lesley's own designs that gave the shop its distinctive style and reputation for vibrancy. Lesley says: "People come into the shop today saying the jacket they bought 30 years ago is still going strong, or that they wished we still made our smocks. It's very flattering!"

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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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