Crofting Tales & the Curse of the Greylag!

Toradh Harvest A Festival of Food & Writing in Uist https://www.toradh.org Continuing our journey through the Outer Hebrides I would like to thank the Toradh Harvest Committee for their kind invitation to the Uists. It was a pleasure to contribute to this excellent event and to study food production, both challenges and opportunities. We were given such a welcome - the like Scots are famous for the world over. The comprehensive events programme had a refreshing approach, challenging folk’s perceptions and looking to the future: hot topics debated; guided tours of contrasting crofting methods and great local support and community spirit in evidence. So apart from contributing in interesting d

Guga, Black Puddings and Cheese!

Just returned from the Outer Isles - such incredible experiences! The catalyst was an invitation to take part in https://www.toradh.org Uist’s inaugural Festival of Food & Writing. I gladly accepted and promptly decided to arrive on Lewis and exit by Lochboisdale to savour every second of these beautiful isles. Over the week we met so many interesting folk – the midges were a little close for comfort at times but the sunshine and warm welcome we received more than compensated! West Lewis is home to friends of ours who not only had us to stay but were happy to follow our foibles and introduce us to friends of the Men of Ness, the Guga Hunters, who every year bravely leave the northern tip of

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