Isle of Skye Sea Salt is 100% harvested from Loch Snizort and evaporates using only the power of the sun’s rays, creating a delicious, unique and eco friendly product. With evidence of local salt production traced back centuries, this superb salt is also on Slow Food’s Ark of Taste.
Salann na Mara (Salt of the Sea) from Skye. It has a delicacy of flavour and a beauty in its crystals that impress me greatly. Some salts can be quite harsh, others like dust, but this has real style and a delightful story too…
The last commercial attempt at producing sea salt on Skye was in the 1700’s. Now Isle of Skye Sea Salt Co is ’harvesting’ from Loch Snizort and using only the sun’s rays to do its magic. Founded by Skye’s Nanette Muir, with Chris & Meena Watts, it is now (summer 2023) in the safe hands of Elisa & Antoine who are carrying on the tradition of island excellence.
This is a unique product of the environment from which it is harvested – the pure sea loch of Loch Snizort. It has a distinctive flavour of the sea – a real zing and sparkle on the palate with beneficial trace minerals from the sea loch. The beautiful flakes are easy to scrunch in your fingers so no need for a salt mill. Produced entirely naturally so you can enjoy the full flavour.
The Isle of Skye had salt pans over 300 years ago. In 1703, a small salt pan industry was set up by Magnus Prince. Peat was probably used to heat the water in large flat metal pans housed in a covered shed. Modern poly tunnels have allowed these producers to resume what was historically an important industry on Skye, in a carbon neutral way, using solar energy in a sustainably. It will always be in small quantities and is very special.