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Our first visit to Shetland will certainly not be the last!  We enjoyed the puffins at Sumburgh Head, cosy Lerwick, beautiful Scalloway and stunning Eshaness….

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  • Crighton Carbon Centre – Peatland Training Course

    Mackenzie’s Farm Shop & Cafe were pleased to have been the ‘food pit stop’ for the Peatland Restoration course held on our Peatland recently.

    Photo: Hazel Mackenzie receives a thank you gift from Shetland Amenity Trust’s Peatland Project Officer; Sue White.

  • Highlands and Islands Food & Drink Awards 2018

    The Mackenzie Family are over the moon to announce that we have been awarded a Highly Commended Award in the Highlands and Islands Food & Drink Awards!

    We were also shortlisted in the Independent Food & Drink Retailer of the Year Award.

    Kenneth, Hazel & Kayleigh travelled down (via Kirkwall, Orkney) to Inverness to the awards ceremony in October.  The event held in the auspicious Kingsmills Hotel was an absolutely wonderful evening and along with Stella (Kenneth’s sister) and Willie Ross we had a lovely evening and weekend.

    H & I Food & Drink spokeswoman, Elaine Jamieson (and also a native Shetlander) noted: “Great to see a strong Shetland contingent at the awards… great to see a Shetland company be highly commended and as I pointed out to Mackenzie’s in the evening, highly commended is not second, there is no second place.
    Highly commended is awarded in categories, quite sparingly, where it was either difficult to choose a winner, because there was so little in it, or where there was a clear winner but there was something incredibly special about another entry – so they should be extremely proud of what they did.
    It’s a bold move to enter in the first place and it’s great they were along there on the night to pick up their certificate.”

    “Well done for taking the first brave step of entering and huge congratulations on being shortlisted and highly commended – your shining up there with the best from the Highlands and Islands!”  We particularly loved this comment as Clan Mackenzie’s Moto is Luceo Non Uro which means ‘I shine, not burn’ – Fantastic!!

    Photo: Kayleigh, Kenneth & Hazel Mackenzie and Elaine Jamieson – HIE Food & Drink Spokeswoman.

  • Facebook page

    Our Facebook page has some great photos of Shetland – have a look:

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  • Mackenzie’s Farm Shop & Cafe have been shortlisted for the Highlands and Islands Food & Drink Awards 2018!

    Highland & Islands Businesses Celebrating as Finalists Revealed
    for Food & Drink Award – the two awards we are in the running for are ‘New Business Award’ & ‘
    Independent Food & Drink Retailer of the Year Award’

  • A beautiful drawing that we found in Boitan’s guest book this morning!

  • Drama on the Bog in the Fog

    Check out this superb video that shows the Peatland Restoration Project on our hill over the last 3 years. A lovely week of drama (especially in the Fog) showed over 500 people how the restoration takes place.

    DRAMA ON THE BOG – Saturday 26th May

    Gepostet von Molly Williams am Donnerstag, 24. Mai 2018

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    31st October 2017
    Local property Nortower Lodges receives coveted TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
    TripAdvisor has given Nortower Lodges holiday rental its exclusive Certificate of Excellence accolade – presented to the best of TripAdvisor Rentals’ hundreds of thousands of homes.

    The Certificate of Excellence is given annually to those properties that provide consistently outstanding experiences and whose owners offer first-class customer service to their guests.

  • Aiyana Beauty Salon at Mackenzie’s is now open!

    We are over the moon to announce that Kayleigh (our Daughter) is opening her beauty salon today!  A trained beauty therapist, Kayleigh has put her heart into planning, building, decorating, buying (there was lots of buying) her own business and we wish her every success!

  • Mackenzie’s Farm Shop & Cafe now open!

    Today, we have opened our new Farm Shop & Cafe on our Croft, near to Nortower Lodges!  We are very excited about it all!

    Hopefully this means that all our eggs make it to the shop shelf in one piece, rather that being snaffled by our resident Shetland Pony, Buddy!

    All our guests receive a discount in our Cafe and for any groceries they buy while at the lodge.

     

     

  • RSPB – Nature of Scotland Awards 2016

    img_2405We are delighted to have been part of the Peatland restoration in Shetland which has been given in an innovative twist through use of re-cycled locally abundant waste materials from the aquaculture industry. The project has made carbon savings several times over through restoring degraded blanket bog, avoiding the need to freight materials to Shetland and re-use of bulky waste material from salmon farms. We welcome visitors to our Peatland – please just ask for directions.

    Highly Commended: Shetland Peatland Restoration Project

     

  • Walk to Hoofield

    wp_20161009_046A beautiful Sunday and a lovely walk to the top of Hoofield in Cunningsburgh. What a view! South to Sumburgh Head, north to Lerwick and west to Eshaness and we could even see Ronas Hill!

    The Catpund soapstone quarries are on this hill and well worth the short walk to them.

  • RSPB Young Volunteers in our Peatland

    IMG_0455 (2)We had 4 teenagers from the RSPB young volunteers and 4 “helpers” on our peatland recently. They built some more dams and spread some sphagnum moss.

    Here they are enjoying themselves!

  • Polytunnel helper…

    Polytunnel helper!We add our cattle manure to the soil to naturally fertilise it. It will be dug in and left, ready for planting in the spring.

     

     

  • 5 Star Review

    Delighted to have received our second 5 star review on Trip Advisor! Thank you to our lovely guests for taking the time to review our Lodges.

  • Golden Plover result

    Well… we didn’t win the award… but we did win a great day out! Being the optimists that we are (!) Kenneth and I both think our peatland is a winner anyway and we will continue to manage it in the manner we have begun.

    The weather was scorching in the grounds of Scone Palace in Perthshire and there was so much to see and do. We had lovely food (plus afternoon tea), met some lovely people and found some great ideas for future projects.

  • Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve

    sumburgh head 048Last week we were invited to have a guided tour of the Lighthouse, Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve at Sumburgh Head – which has just been awarded Visit Scotland’s 5 stars! It is a wonderful day out and well worth a visit (or two!). There is a lovely shop full of all things birdy plus a whole lot more.

  • Queens Garden Party

    queenOn behalf of the Cunningsburgh Districts Agricultural Society we were very honoured to attend the Queen’s Garden Party at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh recently. Kenneth is the President of the Society and Hazel is a minute taker and committee member.

    Our Annual Show – held on the 12th August 2015 – is a fantastic day out for all the family. We had a lovely day out (again) and we pay tribute to the hard working committee members and volunteers of the Society. www.cunningsburghshow.com

  • Golden Plover Award Finalist!

    The Peatland Project that our peat hill has been part of has been nominated for the Heather Trust’s Golden Plover Awards. We are surprised and delighted to be one of three finalists. Watch this space to find out how we get on at the awards ceremony in July – held at the Scottish Game Fair in Scone Palace! Thank you to Sue White and ‘the boys’ from Shetland Amenity Trust and Scottish Natural Heritage who made it all possible.

  • Lambing

    moorit lambs etc 010One of a set of Shetland twin lambs born yesterday. This peerie lass is only hours old and is sheltering under a daffodil – when you are this small you can! Visit our Facebook page for more cuties! (Nortower Lodges Self Catering Accommodation).

  • Peatland restoration open day

    peatland 1You are warmly invited to attend the Scottish Natural Heritage and Shetland Amenity Trust – Peatland Restoration Project open day on Tuesday 10th March from 10.30am to 2pm @ the North Cunningsburgh Hill. Unless you have the use of a 4×4 you should walk up the hill as the road is very rough, wet and muddy.

    Please park in the parking area above Fladdabister and walk down the road to the gate. (please close all gates that you open en route!). It will take approx. 25 minutes to walk up to the site.

    Please also come prepared with wellies and waterproof clothing as the hill is extremely wet this year.
    We are on hand to take folk up the hill with the pickup if you phone/email us before hand.

    Refreshments will be provided
    Tel: 01950 477 598 or 0787 987 0905 or email: info@nortowerlodges.co.uk

    We look forward to seeing you and hope that you enjoy the open day as much as we have in making it all possible.