With our Scottish heritage and Black Isle AW17 collection taking inspiration from the rugged landscapes and muted colours of Scotland, Victoria Stapleton, Founder & Creative Director at Brora set off to the Inner Hebrides to enjoy its tranquil beauty and untouched beaches. Here, she shares her adventures…
Hello from the island of Colonsay, part of the inner Hebridean Islands off the west coast of Scotland, a very Brora sort of place! We discovered this picturesque and remote island a few years ago and have been back several times since. It almost seems to have its own micro climate, nestled between the hills of Mull on one side, Islay and Jura on the other, the sky is very often blue and inviting.
It’s wonderful to spend time with family. All five of our girls made it to Colonsay this summer; the magical nature of the island pulls them back year after year.
In the evenings we wrap up warm and make our way to one of the beaches to build a fire, cook up something delicious, drink some local whisky and generally have a merry time. A Mohair & Wool Cape with an assortment of cashmere accessories are perfect for this sort of thing.
Killoran bay is one of the most beautiful beaches I've ever been to, it is often gloriously empty and an excellent expanse of wet sand for our whippets to scamper and exhaust themselves.
By the shore, different shades of greens and browns knot together in all sorts of shapes and sizes, forever inspiring; many a Brora blend, such as our AW17 Kelp, pictured below as a Cashmere Ribbed Long Line Jumper, has started its life here!
Despite the vast blue skies, my Wool & Mohair Colour Block Jumper, with its colours reflected in the stunning landscapes, is never far away, whether beach scouring, going on blustery walks, netting shrimps or playing haphazard golf alongside sheep and rabbits.
Well worth the two hour walk at low tide, the Oransay Priory dates back to the 13th century. Despite its long history, you can still make out the original dormitory, kitchen and chapel in a spectacular display of how people made use of what would have been available to them at the time.
Further walks over rocks, through bracken and heather in peak display make for some beautiful views including some very good examples of Scottish thistles in perfect bloom. The meadows are awash with clover and all sorts of wild flowers which encourage bees and the making of some very fine honey.
Quite a likely experience due to the strong sun and sudden showers, we were also treated to a shining rainbow overhead. It had the most perfect arch of stripes going from the hols to the middle of the strand.
Rainbows are one of the most wonderful natural occurrences and are reflected in the bright, cheerful cuffs of our Cashmere Jean Genie Jumper.
The ferry takes nearly three hours from Oban hence the island is underpopulated, unspoilt and a rare treat for those who are prepared to make the effort.
This marvellous man is a true islander. He always has a tale to tell, a wise word and even an interesting jumper! It reminds me of our collection of patterned knitwear such as the Mohair Icelandic Jumper, Cashmere Folk Fair Isle Tank and Cashmere Fair Isle Tank.
The summer holiday may be over but memories of Colonsay will stay firmly in my mind whilst designing our next collection.