Islay Roberts & Duncan Henderson

Who doesn’t love a good cup of tea? Islay and Duncan certainly do; it was their search for the perfect location to start their own tea plantation which brought them to Glen Caladh Farm on the shores of Loch Riddon in 2018.

The acidity of our local soil, kept well watered by good old Scottish rain, lends itself perfectly to growing premium, organic tea.

Since arriving on the Secret Coast, Islay and Duncan have certainly kept themselves busy, installing a 23kw hydroelectric system to supply clean energy to the farm, hosting volunteers during the summer months to share advice on organic farming and self-sufficiency and, most recently, acquiring the boatyard in Tighnabruaich, providing a vital service to all those who love to sail on our crystal clear waters.

When asked what recommendations she would give to visitors, Islay suggests making the most of our spectacular scenery, either by strapping on your walking boots and exploring the Loch Lomond & Cowal Way, or by taking to the waves and navigating the islands and inlets of the Kyles of Bute.

As Islay puts it, “it's always a lovely weekend if you get out on the water.”

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