Eddie and Shirley remain in close contact with The Three Chimneys team every day and, as its founders and fulltime directors, they play a very active role in running their business. Now older and a lot wiser than they were when they first moved to the Isle of Skye with their children Steven and Lindsay, in 1984, when they were aged just 5 and 3, their business is very different now from how it all began as a stand-alone restaurant, trading only seasonally.
Eddie and Shirley have been wholly responsible for over-seeing the latest refurbishments of The Restaurant interior in 2014/15 and the Bedrooms, Lounge and Breakfast Room in The House Over-By in 2013/14. Over previous years they were responsible for all major developments, including the significant expansion of the Kitchen in the Restaurant which included the introduction of the Kitchen Table in 2010/11. Building The House Over-By began in November 1998 and was completed in May1999.
The couple's immense pride in Scottish food, its culture and traditional dishes, were behind the ethos which they brought with them to Skye to fulfil their dream of owning a bistro-style eatery, serving fresh, home-cooked food. They soon began to achieve recognition and awards, their first major one in 1990, as Scottish Restaurant of the Year. That same culinary ethos, plus high standards of customer service created an iconic Scottish destination experience and remains at the core of The Three Chimneys to this day.
Shirley recently handed over the title of Ambassador for Food & Drink for the Highlands & Islands, a role awarded to her at the Scottish Food & Drink Awards in 2014. Previously, she was Highlands & Islands Ambassador for Tourism in 2012, the only person to have been awarded both titles.These titles ensured her involvement with the FlySkye Campaign to restore a regular air service between the island and Central Belt ariports by fully re-commissioning its long-neglected airport. This is a hard-fought battle and on-going!
In February 2015, Shirley was invited to Chair the new Scottish Food Commission for the Scottish Government, intent upon building a Good Food Nation. This work takes her into all sorts of interesting situations, both light-hearted and very serious! She speaks frequently at a wide range of food-related events all over Scotland. She remains passionate about the importance of the Tourism and Hospitality Industry to Scotland and the wonderful opportunities it offers young people as a career path, plus the imprtant role small rural enterprise plays within the Scottish economy. Receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award was recognition of her work at the Scottish Rural Awards in March 2016.
Shirley writes a weekly recipe column in the Sunday Herald newspaper and is working on a new cookery book project. She is well-known for her passion for Scotland's rich food-culture, dating back over centuries past.
The Isle of Skye is blessed with miles of deeply indented rocky coastline, sea lochs, sheer cliffs, jagged mountains and volcanic rock stacs. Heather-clad hills and steep glens, hidden lochans, tumbling waterfalls and sparkling mountain burns – all of these things make up the beauty of Skye.
Wayside wild flowers, birds of all kinds, wildlife on land and sea – these beautiful sights and sounds complete the magic that captures the hearts and soothes the souls of visitors from all over the world.
For those who seek a more active experience, there is a wealth of exciting outdoor activities to pursue. The island has attracted some wonderful artists and craftspeople to work in the inspiring surroundings, creating many interesting studios, galleries and workshops to visit. Historic sites abound.
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The Three Chimneys is in a beautiful spot close beside the seashore on the edge of Loch Dunvegan, in the north west of the Isle of Skye.
We’re in Colbost, a crofting township that’s part of the larger area of Glendale, surrounded by hills and moorland and near the foot of MacLeod’s Tables, the distinctive flat-topped hills of the Duirinish peninsula. Loch Dunvegan is a wide sea loch that opens into the Minch, the narrow stretch of water that separates Skye from the Outer Hebrides.