Lewis Mackenzie is on a mission – to harvest the culinary riches of the Minch and to run a diverse, satisfying and year-round business built on the sea.

Unafraid of hard work, Lewis has been building his popular boat charter, Hebrides Fish ‘n’ Trips, at the same time as diving for scallops, cutting seaweed by hand and carrying wildlife surveyors out on carefully planned research trips.

Now he’s seeing success with the latest addition to his portfolio, Hebridean Wildfoods Ltd (HWL) – and it’s taking him into the kitchens of Michelin-starred restaurants and into the company of world-renowned chefs.


Within two hours of opening their booth at NY Now, the largest wholesale trade show in the USA, Essence of Harris were already taking orders.

The Tarbert-based candle company were in New York City in February to share their brand and products with the biggest home and lifestyle buyers in the country, flying the flag for the Isle of Harris and their growing range of hand-poured candles, fragrances, and island-inspired products.

“It’s been such a great journey,” says Jamie McGowan, Managing Director and Co-Founder, who was spreading the word about Essence of Harris in Manhattan alongside Beth Shannon, the company’s Marketing and Communications Manager. “I walk past here and go ‘Gee whiz, that’s our booth! There are our products here in the middle of New York.’”

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) has awarded a £14.3 million contract to civil engineering and building contractor, RJ McLeod Limited, to carry out upgrade works at Tarbert Ferry Terminal.

 The infrastructure upgrade work at Tarbert is part of the Skye Triangle Infrastructure Project, which involves significant harbour upgrades at the three ports at Tarbert, Lochmaddy and Uig.  

The work is designed to improve and modernise harbour facilities and prepare the way for new vessels which are still under construction at the now-Government-owned Ferguson shipyard on the Clyde, where work has fallen years behind schedule.

Tarbert, Inverness, Aberdeen…and now Glasgow.  Wednesday October 30th was the latest great day for the rapidly growing Essence of Harris brand as they opened the doors of their latest store in Princes Square in Glasgow. 

Company founders Jamie McGowan and Deenie Macleod, along with one of their new employees Caris, were on hand to welcome their first customers from 10am.

Jamie said: “We’re thrilled to be in Glasgow, and proud to have been able to expand the Essence of Harris team with seven new staff members. 

Fast-growing Tarbert-based company Essence of Harris – which includes outlets in Inverness and Aberdeen – has come home with another major business award.  

The company won the won the ‘Outstanding Performing Small Business’ award at the 2019 Highland Business Awards, part of the seventh Highland Business Week

The awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of businesses and individuals throughout the region.