Enough to make me want to knit 

The recent visit to Skye culminated in a trip to Shilisdair, the yarn shop. 

Tucked down a narrowly winding, precipitous cart track ending in the sea, Shilisdair is based in a hut in the grounds of a crofters cottage on the shore of the  Waternish peninsula.

Inside it’s cozy and welcoming, with yarns of every hue lining the walls, and hand-knits hanging from the rafters ready for purchase. Everything is hand-dyed with plant based pigments such as madder, onions, meadowsweet and indigo. 

I couldn’t resist and bought several skeins. I guess the time has come to learn to knit, now! 

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Luscious Lochbay langostine

Just back from a week on the Isle of Skye, and our old favourite restaurant, the Lochbay.

It’s just been awarded its first Michelin star, and although I’m thrilled for them, as it’s so well deserved, I know that this heralds the start of fame that may mean we need to book months in advance rather than just popping in…

It’s a tiny wee place, perhaps six tables at most. Cosy and low ceilinged, intimate and informal. The staff are all friendly and welcoming, and the food, mainly local seafood, is simply delicious.

This course was a piece of local hake from Mallaig, with a rich fish bisque sauce and langoustine from the bay. We also ate fresh oysters, oatmeal crumbled herring, and the most remarkable mixed fish soup, richly and heavily flavoured with aromatic dill.

Here’s hoping that this place doesn’t get so popular we’ll never get a table again!