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

Food & drink

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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Christmas Stollen

15 December 2021 One of our favourite treats at this time of year is Stollen, the German equivalent of the Christmas cake. While we were living in Germany, we generally bought a Stollen at the local store, but since moving to the Outer Hebrides, we’ve decided instead to bake our own Stollen at Christmastime. Enjoying

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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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Nettle soup

31 July 2021 Nettle soup served with fresh, crusty bread By Helen When you come across a patch of wild nettles, is your first instinct to keep a wide berth in order to avoid being stung, or is it to marvel at such a practical and plentiful natural wonder? I have to admit, my attitude

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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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Scones with cashew cream

15 May 2021 As we head into summer, here’s a favourite (and very simple!) recipe I use to make a quick treat for afternoon tea. The secret is to make sure you aerate the flour well so that the scones rise, and whip up the milk to make it frothy and foamy. The scones are

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15 April 2021 Since the documentary Seaspiracy came out last month, it’s become one of the most-watched films on Netflix, and for good reason. The director, Ali Tabrizi, set out to make a film about how incredible our oceans are and ended up uncovering a sinister network of large-scale crime and destruction, supported by governments,

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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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Our greenhouse

30 September 2020 Part of our journey in becoming self-sufficient is to be able to grow our own fruit and vegetables. In choosing to live in the Outer Hebrides, however, we haven’t exactly picked the ideal location to do this. The growing season is short and cool, and the high winds have been known to

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