Two popular businesses on the Isle of Skye have teamed up to create a new pop-up restaurant at sea which aims to showcase the best of the island’s world-famous food.

Calum Montgomery, the award-winning head chef at Edinbane Lodge, will cook onboard SeaflowerSkye, a five-star luxury catamaran, as part of a luxury event showcasing the Hebridean island and its incredible array of produce.

Taking place over two days, the special event will see Calum, a Skye native, and SeaflowerSkye owners Ewen Grant and Janice Cooney offer a special tasting menu over the two evenings of April 26 and 27 - accompanied by wines selected by Edinbane Lodge’s restaurant manager John Grant.

Calum (inset) will cook onboard the SeaflowerSkye
Calum (inset) will cook onboard the SeaflowerSkye

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The on the water pop-up from Edinbane Lodge, nominated for 2021’s Scottish Restaurant of the Year, will celebrate the reopening of hospitality and tourism returning to the Hebridean Island for the first time since December.

AA three rosette chef Calum runs Edinbane Lodge which has won several awards since opening in 2018 and is one of only four shortlisted for Scottish Restaurant of The Year at the prestigious 2021 CIS Excellence Awards.

It has gained a superb reputation for the use of local ingredients and close connections with Skye’s best food suppliers.

Calum said: “We have a fantastic relationship with SeaflowerSkye. We’ve both always wanted to work together and with the restrictions lifting on outdoor dining, it presented us with this unique and exciting opportunity to allow us to do something particularly special.

“I want to bring our dining experience of using the freshest seasonal produce over multiple courses to a completely different location. This beautiful setting will certainly be different.

“Guests will be treated to a champagne reception with canapes as the boat sets off towards the island of Rona. This menu will include locally reared beef, barbecued on the deck, served with langoustines creel caught by Ewen’s family.

“A number of restrictions remain in place which, for the moment, are preventing us from offering our full dining experience at the lodge itself; however, we will open at the end of May.”

Ewen and Janice, the team behind SeaflowerSkye, offer a range of luxury trips allowing visitors to experience unique sights of Skye, Rona and Raasay, which can only be seen by boat, and the chance to spot wildlife on land and sea.

Ewen, who is also a Skye native, added: “Coming from a fishing family, we have been lucky to grow up enjoying all that the Scottish coastal waters have to offer.

“We love being able to share this beautiful local produce with our guests, right where it is caught. We often pass the family fishing boats during our regular trips and enjoy showing guests where their lunch has come from and how it gets to their plate.

“Our shellfish has also made its way to Calum in the lodge on many occasions and we are always proud to see it on the menu.

“Skye truly has some of the best seafood in the world, so diners will be in for a treat."

SeaflowerSkye will take bookings from May 1. Edinbane Lodge will reopen on May 29.

Tickets are priced at £200 per person for an Evening Cruise leaving Portree Harbour at 5 pm aboard the Seaflower including a five-course Tasting Menu with Accompanying Wines provided by Edinbane Lodge.

Limited spaces are available now from www.EdinbaneLodge.com