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Back again to Holsas and the wonderful hospitality of Hazel and Kenneth. Lodge as perfect as ever. This time we enjoyed almost 2 weeks of…

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  • Mackenzie’s Farm Shop & Cafe

    Mackenzie’s Farm Shop & Cafe is open! We are 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.

  • 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

     

  • Shetland Food Fair 2016

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

     

     

     

  • 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.

  • Mackenzie’s Farm Shop and Cafe

    food fair imag0174The 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: http://www.shetland.org/60n/blogs/posts/spiced-shetland-beef

    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 baubles – Fair Isle style

    christmas baublesI 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!

  • See who we met

    David CameronKenneth 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.

     

     

  • Dusk on the Island of Mousa

    mousa 2014 043We 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….

  • Interesting sea anemones at Aith

    sea 012Look what we found on the ”initial stane” at Aith!

    Seriously though…. Mam and I knit All-Over Fair Isle garments over the winter months and these are on display at our Lodges. We sell our knitting and also fleeces for spinning too. We can knit to order (in my case only if you are not in a hurry!) with your choice of design and colour.

  • George’s ‘piggy back’

    img00310-20140413-1859Our lambing and calving is now well underway. We have 14 lambs and 3 calves so far. Our ”caddy” (pet) lamb – George – wanted a piggy back! Piglet and Babe were only too happy to help (and too busy eating to notice)! While George enjoyed the experience and had a sneaky nibble of Piglet, he doesn”t want to have another go!