Spring Forward

With the clocks changing here in the UK, the first bold buds of new life are beginning to appear at the Isle of Harris Distillery. It’s been a long, dark winter but bursts of blue sky and brighter days are starting to put a real spring in our step.

This morning was marked by a ritual of renewal of our own, as we re-lit the distillery fire after an extended period of essential maintenance. It was a small but symbolic moment for us, with the hearth at the heart of our daily lives and its warmth welcoming visitors as soon as they arrive.

Next week brings more re-growth, as our distillery tours get underway in earnest once more. Led by our local guides, our tours give guests an opportunity to deepen their connection with us, take a look behind the scenes, and learn all about our spirit-making and story in a uniquely hands-on and sensory way.


In the Canteen, a new menu introduces additional dishes to the traditional hearty soups and incredible home-baking on offer to visitors and staff each day. Sourcing fresh and local ingredients as far as possible, we’ll have smoked mackerel, double-smoked salmon, island cheeses, pates, chutneys and more to enjoy in this convivial and communal setting.

The distillery Shop welcomes a number of additions also, our carefully curated range of goods quickly growing over the coming weeks. As well as plenty of beautifully bottled batches of Isle of Harris Gin, guests will find a wider range of specially branded wares to bring home as a reminder of their time with us in Tarbert.

We’re looking forward to the coming influx of visitors through our doors, from near and far. As local friends come out of hibernation, other adventurous souls are setting off by road and sea to make the long journey to our island. With our home right by the harbour, we hope many of them will make us their first port of call.


Meantime, we’re going to raise a toast to the turn of the seasons with our latest Isle of Harris Gin Martini Project collaboration. This time we’re delighted to work with the talented folk at 56 North in Edinburgh, winners of ‘Gin Bar Of The Year 2017’ at the recent Scottish Gin Awards and now micro-distillers in their own right.

Co-owner James Sutherland has created the ‘Tarbert Sunset Martini’ inspired by the longer Hebridean evenings we are beginning to enjoy. It boasts the freshness of pink grapefruit peel with the green notes of thyme, alongside ocean notes of sugar kelp and is quite simply delicious, whatever the season!


The Tarbert Sunset Martini Recipe

Our thanks to James Sutherland at 56 North.

56 North, 2 West Crosscauseway, Edinburgh, EH8 9JP / www.fiftysixnorth.co.uk

Photography by Kimberley Brand / www.kimberleybrand.com

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