What do you do on a gloriously sunny Saturday afternoon on Skye? Why you point your car in the direction of Carbost and head to the Oyster Shed Farm Shop. We had heard from friends what a great place it is, so we thought we would find out for ourselves. We weren’t disappointed, for lunch we each had a hot smoked salmon roll, very tasty. While we were there Andy treated us to some Scallops which he later cooked to perfection, accompanied by some Jersey Royal potatoes and an orange mint salad, yum. I forgot to say we then travelled back to Broadford and visited Macleod’s of Skye and had an Isle of Skye Ice Cream
A bit of information on how the Oyster farm all started
Fisherman Kenny Bain established the farm in 1981 and over the next 27 years steadily expanded the business to a size of over 200000 oysters. The main markets over that time where local and as part of a cooperative selling to the supermarkets.
In 2008, Paul McGlynn (Kenny’s son in law) took over the day to day running of the farm and increased the site capacity to just under 2 million oysters. With the aim of increasing production to the cooperative.
In 2011 a form of Vibrio when through all adult oysters and killed over 1 million. This was a desperate time for the business at one stage they thought of closing their doors. But with grit and determination Paul decided to open a farm shop, and small visitor area in their shed. With the aim off educating visitors to the oyster process and offer fresh local produce. That same year we also came away from the cooperative.
Paul opened the Oyster Farm Shop in April 2012 with a counter and small table selling oysters, shellfish and smoked salmon. The shop is well worth a visit something different and an opportunity to support a truly Skye enterprise.
Paul and his team will go out of their way to source products for you if they don’t have them in stock
There is more parking available this year. There is now a seating area and tables at the side of the shed to give you some shelter while you sample some of the fabulous fresh seafood and especially the delicious Skye Oysters. I can’t think of anywhere more magical to sit and enjoy some of the best seafood you will ever taste.
Don’t forget to plan a visit when you stay at Allt a Choire Bed & Breakfast.