Alongside my three brothers, I grew up in a small but busy Highland village called Achmore. No internet or shops, but around 20 kids all about my own age. From the crack of dawn we would be running riot, not seeing our parents until we were hungry, and even then it was never your own parents who fed you – it was the closest house. When the World Cup was on we would have the grass cut and our homemade goals up with one of my dad’s old fishing nets for the net. When Wimbledon was on we would have the net across the road, clearing it when a car came (that's how quiet Achmore was). We all knew it was home time when the streetlights went out.
My mum is originally from New Zealand and has run her own successful seafood restaurant in Kyle of Lochalsh for the last 30 years. My dad was a fisherman born and bred in Achmore, so fishing and seafood were always a big part of my childhood. From a young age my dad and I would be out on the boat catching queenies and crab, and I’d spend some of my summer holidays scraping barnacles off the bottom of his boat. Evenings would often be spent at the restaurant, waiting for mum to finish cooking, and I think being in that atmosphere with the smells, the noises and the people enjoying the food gave me the drive to set up my own business. I met my husband, Mark, in 2007 – he’s a commercial diver and part-time fisherman – and we’ve now got two boys, Liam and Arthur. Life is always busy but I wouldn't have it any other way!
The Seafood Shack: Food & Tales from Ullapool by Kirsty Scobie and Fenella Renwick was published on November 3rd. The book, including all 91 recipes, is now available in full via ckbk. Find our more in our Q&A with the authors.