In recent years we have had some real quirky eateries opening up on the island. The most recent one is Bog Myrtle in Struan owned by Renee Mason & Sean Strigeon, assisted my their lovely daughter Matilda, previously it was Mòr Books and the Windrush Cafe Studio. It’s like going back in time, china cups and plates, lovely vintage furniture, Glen Lyon coffee and a real welcoming atmosphere, a great place to relax and enjoy the ambience.
I was keen to find out how they choose the name for the cafe, it turns out Renne’s Great Grandmother was a Myrtle MacDonald, she had a Skye connection, apparently Grandma Myrtle was quite a character..
While Renne was researching she stumbled across the Bog Myrtle plant. She loved the combination of the name -rough and ladylike, as it happens, bog myrtle has amazing properties – midge repellent, antibacterial and was once used as a camphor rub by crofters with a touch of the cold. Eventually they’d like to stock a range of bog myrtle related products.
They have introduced an All Day Breakfast menu and hope to build a bit of a Brunch culture in Struan. They’ve also got a changing Lunch Menu until they figure out what works, I can highly recommend the savoury muffins.
The family’s previous homes include Australia, New Zealand, Spain and China – all of which will influence the direction their menu will take. Shaun was Head Chef at Edinbane Inn but has stepped aside to develop Bog Myrtle.
Let’s hope they decide to stay on Skye, as Sean’s dark chocolate and coconut brownies are amazing. In fact the whole place is pretty amazing!