Colon­say

The Oban Times - - Districts -

A NEW dis­tillery on the Isle of Colon­say ex­pects to bot­tle and sell its first batch of gin next month.

Wild Thyme Spir­its, started by hus­band and wife en­trepreneurs Fin­lay and Eileen Geekie, who moved to the He­bridean is­land from Ox­ford­shire last year, aims to pro­duce 160 bot­tles of Colon­say Gin for sale next month, at their new house called Tigh na Uruisg, ‘Home of the Spirit’.

The name Wild Thyme Spir­its is in­spired by Celtic folk­lore, in which ‘ev­ery house had a Brownie or Spirit, or in Gaelic, an Uruisg (oor-isk) to help with house­hold chores’, their Face­book page says.

Fin­lay added: ‘Our child­hood in Scot­land was full of reg­u­lar hol­i­day trips to the Western Isles, and we did the same with our chil­dren, so we al­ways held a dream of re­turn­ing to live and work on a Scottish is­land.

‘This busi­ness pro­vides us with the op­por­tu­nity to com­bine our in­ter­est in gin with a de­sire to cre­ate a vi­able fu­ture on the is­land, and make a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the fu­ture sus­tain­abil­ity and on­go­ing de­vel­op­ment of the is­land econ­omy and com­mu­nity.’

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