Last Friday saw the launch, in Harris, of the brand new Eat Drink Hebrides trail. Appropriately, for a trail which features some innovative businesses making use of the rich natural larder of the Outer Hebrides, the launch was in the Isle of Harris Distillery, whose seaweed-infused gin has just reached the market.
The event in Tarbert was the culmination of a couple of busy days in the Outer Hebrides – the Hebridean Way Cycle Route was launched at the same event and round-the-world cyclist Mark Beaumont was the star attraction, fresh from having completed the route in under 24 hours.
Anyone who’d worked up an appetite accompanying him along the road would have been in for a treat, as the evening showcased some fantastic food from across the Outer Hebrides – just a taster of what’s in store for anyone looking out for the distinctive signage of the new food and drink trail.
Featuring 35 island businesses, the Eat Drink Hebrides trail highlights where to buy fish and shellfish direct from the boat, venison straight off the hill and wild goose from the machairs of Uist, as well as experience the taste of the Outer Hebrides in some fantastic restaurants and cafes. The trail points visitors towards locally-grown meat, vegetables, craft beer and artisan cheeses, as well as excellent smokehouses, a craft brewery and producers of the renowned Stornoway Black Pudding.
The self-guided trail has been developed by Outer Hebrides Tourism with support from Scottish Natural Heritage, HIE, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and the Community Food Fund. Plan your gourmet trip through the islands online at www.eatdrinkhebrides.co.uk.