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  • Office space/small business opportunity in Mackenzie’s Farm Shop & Cafe in Cunningsburgh

    Our unit to let extends to approx. 15 sqm, which is situated within our new building.

    • All amenities on site
    • May be suitable for a hairdresser/barber, architect, etc or office space
    • May be suitable for someone starting a new business
    • Toilets adjacent to unit
    • Parking on site
    • Farm Shop stocking croft produce, local produce, gifts and daily essentials, etc.
    • Cafe open daily

    Please contact us for a viewing and to discuss the monthly rental on 0787 987 0905 or by emailing us at:

  • Mackenzie’s Farm Shop & Cafe is recruiting!


    Are you experienced, energetic and passionate about all things foodie and looking for a new challenge in a stunning new location?  If so, we are looking for a committed, enthusiastic and experienced cook/chef with a creative flair for local food, flavours and presentation to join our team.

    Mackenzie’s Farm Shop & Cafe is our new venture located in Cunningsburgh.  We are a well-established croft and accommodation business and are very much part of the local, vibrant community.  It is our hope that our Farm Shop & Cafe will be a popular destination for locals and visitors alike.

    Our new building is situated adjacent to the main A970 road through Cunningsburgh.  We have beautiful open views to croft land and the sea.

    Emphasis will be on making Shetland food using our own produce of beef, lamb, mutton, pork, eggs, vegetables and other locally sourced produce.  Also adding new and exciting dishes for people with different dietary requirements.

    We are looking to recruit a talented cook/chef to help run our kitchen and servery – who will develop the menu with us.  The successful candidate should have great communication and people skills and be able to liase with other members of staff & management, deal with paperwork, place orders and monitor the kitchen working practice.  You must have had previous experience of working in a busy kitchen environment.

    The right candidate should be able to demonstrate the following:

    • Energy, enthusiasm with a hard working ‘can do’, reliable attitude
    • Ability to already use (or to learn) the programming of the Rational 5 Senses cookers
    • Good kitchen practice, cooking techniques and knowledge of Food Hygiene
    • Already have a current Elementary Food Hygiene Certificate or HACCP for Caterers Certificate but preferably an Intermediate Food Hygiene Certificate or Intermediate HACCP Practices Certificate
    • Experience of dealing with suppliers, placing orders and costing menus
    • Keep a cool, calm head at all times
    • An ability to menu plan using the best of local and seasonal food
    • Most importantly, to create fantastic and delicious food on a daily basis

    Daily duties would include: making bread, soups, sandwiches, salads and all the dishes from the daily specials, seasonally changing set menu, as well as preparation for the afternoon teas and baking.  Occasional duties of making jams, chutneys, etc. will be required.

    This is a full time position – 5 days over 7.  We would consider job-sharing if part-time is required – for the right candidates.  We offer a competitive rate of pay.  Some evening work may be necessary for private events.

    This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced cook/chef, keen to put their knowledge and passion to the test with a new destination in Shetland.

    This is a challenging but exciting role.  Please send your CV and a short note about yourself and why you think you would be the right person for the job to:

    Please note the following when applying:

    • This is a rural location

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    Mackenzie’s Farm Shop & Café

    Our new building is really taking shape now and will be opening in the Spring of 2017.  We will be serving our own produce and other locally sourced produce, daily essentials, groceries, fire wood, etc.   Local crafts, gifts, knitting, souvenirs, plus lots more will all be available.  Our guests and visitors to the café can sit and enjoy a meal or snack in a lovely atmosphere (complete with wood burning stove) with a beautiful view out over the sea to the Island of Bressay.  Free Wifi, visitor information, toilets and ample parking are all available on site to guests and visitors alike.   Do stop along on your way to other parts of Shetland as we are adjacent to the main road (A970) at the north end of Cunningsburgh.

  • img_2405Highly Commended: Shetland Peatland Restoration Project

    We 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.


  • W14890506_624030837779463_5334047427397044725_oe are going to the Shetland Food Fair to promote our new business venture.  Please call along if you are there!




  • 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.

  • IMG_0455 (2)RSPB Young Volunteers in our Peatland

    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!

    One of our hens helping me in the polytunnel

    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 048Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve

    Last 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.

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    Queen’s Garden Party

    On 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.

  • 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.

  • moorit lambs etc 010Lambing

    One 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:

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

  • food fair imag0174Mackenzie’s Farm Shop and Cafe

    The first ”official” outing of Mackenzie”s Farm Shop and Cafe!
    (Kenneth & Hazel Mackenzie and Catherine & Frank Daly).

    In December we got planning permission for our new venture in Cunningsburgh and we are now busy making plans to attract funding.

    We are just back from the SECC in Glasgow where Scotland’s Speciality Food Show was held.  We found a huge variety of suppliers and lots of great ideas for both the shop and the cafe.

    A long way to go yet, but at least we are on the way there!

    Thank you to Frank and Catherine (big sis) who spent the day with us (and helped us try all the freebies!) and to everyone who has wished us well with our venture – we really appreciate your support.

  • A beef recipe to spice up your life

    Our born and bred beef has been getting spiced up recently – check the following website for a great recipe idea:

    Marian Armitage who bought and cooked our beef is the Author of the recently released book ‘Shetland Food and Cooking’.  We were delighted to be invited along to the launch of Marian”s book and we can thoroughly recommend it.

    It’s a great book full of, not only recipes, but where Shetland food is sourced from and how it is produced.  The book gives great insight into how Shetland food was valued in the past and how it has moved forward to the present.  The book is available to buy from the Shetland Times Bookshop and there is a (signed) copy in each of our Lodges for guests to browse.

  • christmas baublesChristmas baubles – Fair Isle style

    I have been busy knitting Fair Isle Christmas baubles – something a little different.   They are a bit ”fiddly” but a good project to grab when I have a few minutes.   They will be on display in our Lodges next year for guests to purchase along with our usual gloves, hats, scarves and peerie jumpers.  Please feel free to contact us if you would like to buy one (or more) for this year!

  • David CameronSee who we met!

    Kenneth and I were absolutely delighted to meet Mr David Cameron last week while he was in Shetland.  Here we are in the Town Hall for the occasion – a most beautiful building too.



  • mousa 2014 043Dusk on the Island of Mousa

    We went across to the Island of Mousa last night (13th July) on the Mousa Boat to see the Storm Petrels coming back from their fishing trip.  These tiny birds have flown miles and miles to fish and then return back to their nests in the near dark.  There are literally thousands of them and they fly straight in to their nests which are either among the beach stones, on the walls of the Broch or in the stone dykes nearby.

    The dusk boat leaves at 10.30 pm and returns at 1 am!  It was a beautiful evening and a lovely trip across.
    The birds were amazing and the Broch (the best preserved iron age tower in existence) as stunning as the first time I saw it as a peerie mootie lass! This photo is taken about 11.30 pm and it was still quite light.  It was dark by the time we boarded the Solan IV for the trip home but that only adds to the experience!
    Nortower Lodges are only 10 minutes away from the pier at Sandwick or 5 minutes from the pier at Cunningsburgh (can be either pier depending on the weather) – which is handy at 1.30 am in the morning….

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