Cairn Geal Croft produce
Just let us know when booking or in good time before you arrive and it can be waiting for you at the cottage.
Phone Kathy/Alan, on 01470 592 357 or email email@example.com
Free range eggs – usually medium to large depending on how the hens feel. Sold in half dozens. Price £1.30/ half doz.
Hill grazed lamb from the croft – Seasonally available, usually from mid November onwards. Let us know the cut and the quantity and we can leave it in the refrigerator for your arrival. Prices on request.
Potatoes – usually a wide range of varieties but the very poor weather in spring and early summer this year has meant that only a limited range is available.
Fresh Herbs – as you might expect – rather seasonal. Some fragrant cooking mint tips at the moment but will be gone after the first frost... any day now. Some tasty croft grown garlic £0.70 per bulb.
Chives, parsley, sage, apple & black mint, & thyme growing at the cottage. Just ask if you need anything – there may be something left in the polytunnel on the croft.
Local food & drink sources
Well worth trying are the local:
- Prawns/langoustine (we get them from the gentleman in the image at the top of this page).
- Hot smoked salmon
Telephone/email Kathy and Alan in advance to see what is available or visit:
Our local fisherman
Who has just started delivering to locals and depending upon weather would be able to deliver Lobsters, Langoustines and crab. You would get these fresh from the sea that day and are totally delicious! If you can let us know in advance if you are interested then that would be best.
An excellent source of fresh local seafood. (2nd turning on the left after the Co-Op) in Portree (01478 612 288). Tip – Autumn is the best time for local seafood.
The Oyster Shed at Carbost
Has a lovely selection of shellfish. ( http://www.skyeoysterman.co.uk ).
The clean clear waters around the Hebrides support a rich selection of sea food unparalleled by any other region of the Great Britain. Some of the harvest is seasonal whilst other is available most of the year around if the weather is kind enough to allow the fisherman to land it.
Goats cheese – tasty – from a neighbouring croft. Only July and August. (http://www.frostcroftskye.co.uk/index.html)
Connage Cheese, Ardesier on the Moray Firth:
Make their own organic Brie style cheese (‘Clava’) and others. Beautiful flavour, just order ahead for delivery to us and we will make sure it is in the refrigerator on arrival. They also stock a very wide range of Scottish and other cheeses.... the smell in the shop is well worth sampling! (http://www.connage.co.uk/)
Try Ian Mellis for cheeses if you are in Glasgow or Edinburgh: (http://www.mellischeese.net/)
Bakeries & bread
Also in Dunvegan is Jann's Cakes - Wonderful café and tea shop specialising in handmade organic cakes and chocolates and an imaginative lunch menu. Jann also has a roadside box in Geary where she will put cakes and other goodies for people to buy. (http://www.whatsonskye.com/cafe/janns-cakes-dunvegan/)
Skye Bakery - In Portree....lovely range of speciality breads, including gluten free. (https://isleofskyebakingco.co.uk/)
And in Dunvegan, Skye’s oldest bakery: (http://www.dunveganbakery.com/)
Wines, whisky & local beers
Have an extensive – and tasty - range of wine, whisky, other spirits, and local beers. Contact David 01470 592 326. He lives nearby, and his shed is well worth a visit.
There are also a couple of small, good breweries on Skye, well worth a try. Let us know if there is anything in particular that you would like and we will try and find a source. We hope that you have a good journey to Skye, and you enjoy your stay.
Other local delights to try
Stornoway Black Pudding – Co-op shop in Portree, or let us know in advance and we will put a sample in the refrigerator.
See also (http://www.skye.co.uk/food-drink.php)
A local delicatessen in Portree (http://www.relishskye.co.uk/)