We are an eco-friendly B&B operating on the following principles:

  • offering food which is organic, fair trade and cruelty-free
  • striving to produce our energy from renewable sources
  • encouraging connection with nature and with the self.

This blog shows some of the things we do, or have done, to live a more eco-friendly life.

Rudha Glas Blog

A journey to living a greener life


Raised beds

30 April 2022 We’ve been in our home for three years now and our attempts at establishing a productive garden in the Outer Hebrides have been met with a number of challenges which we’re pleased to say we’re learning from. In 2020 we reported on the greenhouse we had built, and in 2021 we gave

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Island on the Edge

15 November 2021 By Helen One book which has had a great impact on me is Island on the Edge: A Life on Soay by Anne Cholawo. In 2018, while touring the Outer Hebrides looking for a house to buy, I started questioning my decision to make such a bold move. I kept asking myself:

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Raising chickens

31 October 2021 We decided this year to try our hand at raising chickens. Back in the spring of 2020, we inherited three adult layers from a neighbour who was moving house, and since then our lovely ladies have provided us with a (somewhat intermittent) supply of fresh eggs. We don’t know how old the

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Harvesting seaweed

15 September 2021 The shores around Bernera are awash with a wide variety of seaweeds One of the activities we’ve been engaging in this year is gathering seaweed and experimenting with using it in all manner of ways. We admit we’re only now starting to truly appreciate the wonder of this saltwater algae. Did you

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31 August 2021 Heather on a hillside near Rudha Glas Every August, the Scottish hillsides burst into colour as the heather comes into blossom. Heather is such a versatile plant and over the centuries it’s been used for a multitude of household purposes, including: tying bunches together to form brushes, brooms and pot scourers weaving

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Solar panels

15 July 2021 Each 120W panel has a corrosion-resistant aluminium frame designed to withstand high winds. One of our aims in our Hebridean lifestyle is to detach from the central power grid and produce our own electricity from renewable sources such as sun and wind. In this post, we report on how far we’ve got

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Summer garden

15 June 2021 Our rhododendron in full bloom This is now our third summer in our Hebridean home and we’ve made good headway with the garden, especially in experimenting with growing a range of fruit and vegetables in the challenging horticultural conditions of the Outer Hebrides. Some of the things we’ve managed to do so

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Starting a food movement

15 March 2021 Photo by Filip Urban on Unsplash by Helen I recently became involved with a group of extremely dedicated and motivated people, based primarily in the Scottish Highlands, who have made the bold decision to address the question: “What do we want our food system to look like by 2030?” The Highland Good

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Internet carbon footprint

15 February 2021 Image credit: wallpaperflare.com by Helen When we bought our house in the summer of 2018, the island of Great Bernera was one of the few places in the UK which didn’t have cable internet connection. We made the decision to buy the house anyway, figuring that living offline was not actually a

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Our living room

31 January 2021 Since we moved into our house in May 2019, we’ve been more or less renovating non-stop. We started with the rooms necessary to enable us to open the B&B, then we moved on to “less urgent” rooms. Our living room falls under the latter category and we started work on that in

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