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

Eco-living

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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Heather

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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Slow fashion

30 November 2020 by Helen On 1st December 2006 we were married in the Town Hall in Ingolstadt, Bavaria. As a native Bavarian, Rudi wore traditional costume, which included Lederhosen, a Charivari and a loden jacket. I also went for the traditional look and bought a Dirndl for the occasion. The photo shows us wearing

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Eco-bathroom

31 October 2020 One of the rooms in our house which we’ve worked hard to make eco-friendly is our bathroom, and we’re pleased to report we’re (almost) there. The way we see an eco-friendly bathroom is free of plastics and toxic chemicals, and with minimal water and energy use. These are some of the changes

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Waste not, want not

31 August 2020 Image credit: US Department of Agriculture, CC BY We have been fans of the broadcaster and natural historian Sir David Attenborough for a long time and we love watching his nature documentaries. Sir David has, however, received criticism for giving too much focus in his films to the beauty and wonder of

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