Rachel, Robertson Shellfish

Rachel, Robertson Shellfish

How have you (your business) gone the extra mile during lockdown or post-lockdown?

We feel lucky and grateful that we’ve been supported by local residents when the continental market was closed and were also able to do some deliveries to those who were shielding. We’re hoping to continue to grow these relationships. 

What have you missed most about not being open over the last three months?

As the hotel has been closed, we’ve missed being able to provide fresh catch straight to the plates that night. Hearing and seeing people’s enjoyment of local seafood is a real highlight to us. 

What have you learned about your community during this time?

It’s not a new revelation that the Isle of Coll is a very special place where the community supports one another, but it’s been great seeing it in action. 

What do you love most about living and working here?

Definitely the wildlife. Dolphins, whales and lots of sea birds are an almost daily occurrence while fishing around the coast of Coll. Basking sharks and humpback whales have now been sighted this year too. 

Any special stories about someone or a business in your area that has gone that extra mile during lockdown that makes you smile?

We made some gift vouchers and were delighted that the summer visitors bought them as presents for birthdays and Father’s Day, to be redeemed when they were able to get back to Coll. We’ve loved seeing those people, now on holiday and enjoying their seafood together. 

Your favourite hidden secret spot or activity in Argyll and the Isles?

Surfing!

Three words to sum up how you're feeling now that we're out of lockdown?

Let’s go fishing!