Glendale Highland Market finished its fourth season this summer. The market, the remotest farmers market in the UK, started in 2015 and runs every Tuesday from around June to September.
The cliffhanger in Season three was the flooding of the Glendale Community Hall. The food market lent their blue and white striped stalls for the remainder of the market, to the hardy craft folk normally inside the hall. It was lovely to have the colour and vibrancy of all the wonderful creations and extra people. Everyone carried on, selling local goods come, rain, flood or shine.
The hall committee worked round the clock to get the hall repaired and back into use for 2018. It didn’t appear to dampen spirits and the hall was ready in time for both the craft market inside and the food market outside. The stallholders continued to do well: the Isle of Skye Free Range with their increased line of products sold more this year than ever before; Anthony Hovey at Skye Vegetables used the market to promote his box scheme and also used the market as a convenient Tuesday base for local restaurants such as the newly reopened Red Roof. Each week proprietor Gareth Craft would pop down, with his basket, to pick up pre-ordered fresh stock for their set menu dinners.
The market is ever thankful to its regulars: both local residents and the repeat holidaymakers who return each year. However, it is clear the market needs to develop, grow in size and attract more of the phenomenal passing traffic that passes on the way to Neist Point every day over the summer months.
What will Season five bring? We hope you’ll tune in next year to find out.