Cradle of Mustheb
The Hebridean Mustard Company is based in the south of the Isle of Harris, part of the Western Isles, Scotland. When I visited this place for the first time I immediately fell in love with this wild, beautiful and extraordinary island. I am grateful to be living and working in this wonderful part of the world.
The Isle of Harris is a jewel in the Hebridean archipelago and perhaps the most stunningly beautiful place on earth.
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. The Isle of Harris and the Isle of Lewis are connected by land, but thire landscape is amazingly different. The Harris west coast is famous for miles of white shell sands. Turquoise coloured waves evoke images of the 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.
Wildlife on the islands is diverse. Look up to the sky: home of golden eagles, sea eagles, hen harriers and 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 and are making way for tourism with some amazing food outlets set in this spectacular landscape.
The first language spoken by many islanders is Gaelic and you will find bilingual road signs and place names. Listening to the Gaelic native speakers gives me a feeling of the magical and great power of this poetic language.
I learned a brilliant Gaelic phrase for my mustard from my friend Gillebrìde MacMillan, 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!«