Music fans are getting in the spirit for this week’s Hebridean Celtic Festival with the help of a pop-up gin outlet at the event’s HQ in Stornoway.  The Isle of Harris Distillery has set up the outlet – the first outside its base in Tarbert – inside the HebCelt ticket office in Cromwell Street for festival week.

At the pop-up shop staff will sell the distinctive tipple and offer samples, while tasting sessions will be held at Julie’s Bar in the festival arena at 3pm, 4pm and 5.30pm on Friday, and 3pm and 4pm on Saturday. In addition, a cookery demonstration, using Isle of Harris gin in some recipes, will be set up at the distillery on Friday.


HebCelt director Caroline Maclennan, said: “Isle of Harris Distillery gin has enjoyed remarkable success in just a few months and we are delighted it has chosen the festival shop to set up its first outlet outside Harris. I’m sure it will be a huge attraction for festival goers.”

The distillery opened last October with ten staff but has grown quickly as its popular product, infused with locally-harvested sugar kelp, has become a firm favourite in the craft gin market. It now employs 24 local people.

Shona Macleod, the distillery’s guest manager, said: “We are excited about linking up with HebCelt which is such a renowned, international event and one that has been very supportive of the distillery’s aims. HebCelt and Isle of Harris gin is a great combination.”