Isle of Harris

View to Loch Steisebhat on the wonderful Isle of Harris, Western Isles, Scotland

The Isle of Harris is a jewel in the Hebridean archipelago and perhaps the most stunningly beautiful place on earth.

The Hebridean Mustard Company is based in the South of the Isle of Harris, part of the Western Isles, Scotland.

Na h-Eileanan Siar (Scottish Gaelic for the Western Isles) stretch for more than 200 miles along the west coast of Scotland. The next landmass is North America. Harris and Lewis are connected by land, but their landscape is amazingly different.

The Harris west coast is famous for its iconic panoramas of white beaches and aquamarine oceans, turquoise coloured waves evoke images of Seychelles.

The rocks on the east coast that date back 3 billion years even inspired Stanley Kubrick to film parts for ‘A Space Odyssey’ on Harris.

The first language spoken by many islanders is Scottish Gaelic and you will find bilingual road signs and place names all over the islands.

Listening to the Gaelic native speakers gives your mustard maker a feeling of the magical and great power of this poetic language.

The mustard maker learned a brilliant Gaelic phrase for the mustard from a friend Gillebrìde MacMillan of her, a well-known Gaelic singer and songwriter from South-Uist.

»Nach buidhe dhut!«

Literally translated it says »Yellow for you« but it means

»Congratulations, you are so lucky!«

Beautiful Highland Cattle at Scarista, Isle of Harris, Western Isles, Scotland

The wildlife of the Hebrides is as diverse as it is beautiful. The plant and animal life is in glorious abundance.

Look up to the sky: home of 90 pairs of golden eagles, 25 pairs of sea eagles, loads of hen harriers and also a globally endangered bird species: corncrakes.

In the turquoise sea otters, seals, minke whales and basking sharks are at home.

Majestic stags can cross your way when you walk through moor heathlands and you have to share the single track roads with sheep and cattle.

Traditional industries such as crofting, weaving and fishing are in decline but still to find. They make way for tourism. And you can find some amazing food outlets set in this spectacular landscape.