1. How did your South Uist Estate journey begin?
My journey began in January 1970 when I first came to Grogarry, having worked for the Estate in Lochboisdale Hotel previous to that. Willie, my husband, was the Farm Manager and I got the job in the Lodge as Housekeeper/Bookkeeper part time and then full time in Jan 71. The role developed over the years as Cook and Head of House, I continue to enjoy catering for our guests to this day having celebrated 50 years at the Lodge in 2020.
2. What is your favourite spot on the Estate and why?
I was born and brought up at the South end of the Estate at Tipperton, which still holds a special place in my heart however Grogarry which has been home since 1970 and the surrounding area of Loch Skipport are also a firm favourite now.
3.What is your favourite part of the job?
Welcoming guests back to the logde, year on year, having know some guests for over five decades it is like welcoming family back each year.
4. South Uist Estate attracts clients back annually, what do you think draws them back each year?
The Estate has something for everyone, whether it is fishing our machair lochs or stalking and shooting on the hills, there is fantastic sport to be had. The hospitality and local produce is second to none, and our guests return as life long friends.
5. Looking forward what excites you most about the future of the Estate?
The Estate has so much to offer, the people, the place and the quality of sport make it a unique destination. It is great to see investment into Grogarry Lodge which is a fabulous asset to the Estate, and I look forward to seeing it prosper.
6. Which is your favourite room in the lodge?
Having been a part of the lodge for over 50 years, each room holds fond memories and tales from days gone by, however if I had to choose it would probably be the Drawing Room. It is the real heart of the lodge, where guests gather around the open fire and share tales of their day out on the hill or water.
7. What is your favourite dish at Grogarry?
My signature dish would be a platter of Game, which includes Goose, Snipe, Plover and Mallard. It always delights the guests, seeing their game presented to them on such a magnificent platter.