Cloudy walk over Binian to Ben Crom Reservoir
My love for Loch Rannoch and the surrounding area is well known. Anyone who made it down to my Refresh talk earlier this year will have had to endure both a lengthy tribute to childhood holidays there and a long rambling story on calculating the mass of the earth and the accidental discovery of contour lines on nearby mountain Schiehallion.
Despite regular holidays there for over 20 years I've never managed to set foot in Rannoch Smokery, which sits just outside Kinloch Rannoch village at the foot of the loch. The company was started in the 1980's when founder, Leo Barclay, was prevented from getting his deer cull to market by a particularly bad winter. Using a bath tub to brine the meat and then slow smoking it in his home made smoker, Leo created the first Rannoch Smoked Venison.
The bathtub might be gone but the smokery is still very much in action. Knowing I had a week's stay in the area in August I gave them a ring to see if they'd be happy for me to come in and take some photographs for the ongoing workspace project. Maggie and the rest of the staff were brilliant in showing me round and answering questions about the smoking process - hopefully the photos below do some justice to their hard work and dedication.
Tollymore Forest, Northern Ireland