Valhalla's Haul

Spring is coming to an end and we’re enjoying such a good run of wonderful weather. There are acres of blue sky above and all around are the joys of new life as wildlife abounds on the machair, moors and mountains of the Isle of Harris.

The warm sunshine and calmer seas are also very welcome for those in our community who spend their life on the waves, fishing for lobster, langoustine and crab in the pristine waters which surround our island.

We recently caught up with Donald and Catriona Maclennan who own the fishing boat ‘Valhalla’ SY549 which sails out of Leverburgh, a working harbour some twenty miles south of our distillery here in Tarbert.


This young, entrepreneurial Hearaich couple have recently launched their Sound of Harris Shellfish enterprise, focusing on bringing shellfish to an eagerly awaiting local market. Selling straight from the pier-side, their customers are guaranteed the freshest of fine catches every week.

While skipper Donald handles the hard work of running the boat and crew, Catriona tackles the challenges of paperwork and marketing back on land. It’s an arrangement which is making these early days of their new endeavour a real success so far.

It’s always great to see the young people of our island maintaining traditional working lives like this and committing to remain an invaluable part of our community. Their hard work also helps support other local businesses, particularly restaurants and local chefs like Chris Loye from Flavour.


Their sustainable and seasonal catch is always subject to the vagaries of weather and time of year, but Catriona and Donald are making good use of social media to share their story with regular updates on ordering and availability.

Whether you’re in the Isle of Harris year round, or just visiting for a few days, be sure to show your support for their new business and enjoy some of these delicious fruits of the sea.

And be sure to wash things down with an ice-cold Isle of Harris Gin for the perfect maritime paring!

Our thanks to Catriona & Donald Maclennan.

Music by Iain Morrison.

Film by Kenny Stewart.

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