Earlier this month Jan Jacob turned fifty and we celebrated with a weekend away on the Isle of Mull. It was very special to have all our children there, we rented a house near Fionnport close to the Iona Ferry and made some wonderful memories.
On the Friday we drove all over the island to visit fellow food producers to buy food for our stay. We started in Tobermory where the Tobermory Fish Company has a lovely shop just outside the town. Their Smoked Trout is so delicious – we bought a whole trout – stocked up on Isle of Mull Oysters and many other goodies too. The Tobermory Fish Company is one of our stockists on Mull and it was nice to see our charcuterie on their shelves.
Later we had a delicious lunch at the wonderful Glasshouse Barn at Sgriob-ruadh Farm home of Isle of Mull Cheese. We love their unpasteurised cheeses and it was a treat to see them produced and visit the amazing maturing rooms. We bought enough cheese to last not only the weekend but also for weeks to come.
On our way South from Tobermory we picked up a bag of mussels from Inverlussa Mussel farm, they have a honesty box just along the main road.
On Saturday morning we had arranged to meet Neil from Iona Seafood at the ferry in Fionnport. It was a cold windy morning and we were worried he might not make it across. Then suddenly we saw his little boat coming over from Iona with fresh crab and lobster on board.
In the afternoon we visited the croft of Rosie and Nigel where they grow a range of vegetables. The Crofters Kitchen and Garden is at the end of a long and windy road. You honestly think you have reach the end of the road a few times until it takes you round another corner. The Croft is located in a sheltered valley just from the beach and produces the most amazing flowers and vegetables. There is a little honesty shop where they sell wholefoods items, frozen local meat, fresh bread and eggs from their hens. It was so lovely to have this shop close by and we made a few visits during our time there to stock up on fresh salads and flowers for the table.
On Saturday evening we prepared a wonderful feast, this was the highlight of our stay. It was so nice to know where our food came from as we had met most of the producers over the last few days.
We really fell in love with The Ross of Mull, it was such a wonderful area to stay. We walked along the stunning beaches, even had a swim when the rain stopped briefly, visited Iona and a went on a very bumpy ride to Staffa with Staffa Trips.
Achaban House where we stayed was perfect for our big family, they have a bunkhouse too. You can rent the whole house but they run it as a B&B in summer too.
If you are visiting Mull have a look on the Mull and Iona Food Trail website so you can also eat your way around the island.