Visit us here in South Uist, and discover even more wool, and a lot more besides – things that are useful or beautiful, or both! Opening hours ⇒
Sheltered within the walls of the historic high-walled kitchen garden at Cille Bhrìghde (Kilbride), there stands a blue wooden building, the modesty of which belies a treasure-trove of creativity within. We came here in December 2002 to live a life of self-sufficiency, hard work, enterprise and neighbourliness: and if there’s just one of these we’ve had any success in, it’s certainly the hard work!
Out in the old walled garden we grow a wide variety of vegetables, herbs and soft fruit — primarily for our own needs, but during the summer there’s sometimes small surpluses for sale. (Any produce for sale will be shown on the notice board outside: if it’s not listed, then it’s not available.) Jams and chutneys — made mostly with garden produce — are available year-round as are free-range eggs from our 15 acre croft on the nearby smaller island of Eriskay. Those eggs are the key ingredient in Denise’s fresh-made lemon curd, which is made in small batches but in big demand!
In the Hebridean Woolshed’s ‘garden shop’ – just inside the main south gate – the emphasis is on our indoor labours, made mostly during the wild and dark winter months. Hand-spun wools in the natural black of their Hebridean sheep ; others hand-dyed with native plants. There’s hand-woven scarves, beautiful knitwear, and colour themes with names such as Machair and Atlantic. There’s much more besides, everything being hand-made, unique — and rich in the substance and qualities of this place. Quantities are of course limited, but Denise’s work has gone to places as far flung as New Zealand, Canada, Norway and South Africa.
“It’s surprising how often I get orders for replacements — for much loved hats left on a city bus, or snatched away by the winds on Mingulay ; or orders for skeins to complete a knitting project”, says
Before coming to Uist, we’d moved home many times, living throughout the UK and abroad. But after nearly 13 years, are we here to stay? Jonathan: “We’ve faced challenges here like nothing we’ve known before. We’ve grown – and nothing grows without roots. Who we are, everything we do? They grow right here.”