In July 2011 Cape Farewell embarked on a month-long expedition by boat across the Scottish Islands, bringing the notion and experience of expedition home to the UK, with an exploration of island ecologies and cultures, and of the strategies for sustainable and resilient futures being implemented across the Scottish Isles. More ›

The Crew

The expedition crew of 40 includes island artists, storytellers, film makers, playwrights, architects, designers, musicians, community leaders, social scientists, ecologists, marine biologists, oceanographers, poets, acclaimed Gaelic singers and a chef.
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Only Connect

‘A person is a person because of people’ African saying When it comes to artistic talent, I am a non-starter.  As a practitioner that is. My skills in that regard lie in appreciating the work of others, in any medium.  Joining Cape Farewell, therefore, is a real treat for me. As I haven’t seen much... Read more ›


Potato patch
Joining the expedition I’m leaving behind my potato patch which is doing rather well as are my carrots, onions, lettuces, tomatoes, herbs and strawberries. It was Sustainable Uist (SU) that inspired us to start growing our own veg again when we moved here earlier this year. To quote directly from the SU leaflet: “Food miles... Read more ›


Under sail, Mull to Rum
Life’s good on Eigg. The sun’s out. The tea room down by the old slipway is doing a roaring trade. The Shearwater ferry’s over from Arisaig on the mainland, and has delivered musicians Gabe McVarish and Ross Martin to the plaintive strains of shoreside piper Dona. They’re playing tonight with Eigg musician Damien Helliwell in... Read more ›

Cheese Blog

By the time I’d finished quizzing him about his cheese making, Brendan Reade was slightly worried that I was involved in a spot of industrial espionage. Having made a fair bit of curd cheese in my time I have a rudimentary understanding of the cheese making process but having the chance to grill a real... Read more ›

First sip of Scottish cocktail: Mull, Muck, Eigg & Rum

Chris Reed pulling a sample of the organically farmed, renewable energy fuelled cheese