The Harris Winter Cèilidh

WELCOME TO THE HARRIS WINTER CÈILIDH!

Great spirits, great company, great music.

This festive season the Isle of Harris Distillery sets out to share the spirit of our island with the world through The Winter Cèilidh.

A long-held Outer Hebridean tradition, the word Cèilidh simple means “a visit” in our native Scottish Gaelic language.

This isn’t about kilts and Highland dancing, in fact the real heart of the cèilidh lies in a much more relaxed and informal gathering of family and friends by the fireside.

The Winter Cèilidh celebrates the warmth of connection at the coldest time of year, and the essential ingredients are easy; good company, good music, and of course, good drink!

Pour some Isle of Harris Gin, add some toe-tapping tunes, share delicious dishes, and swap stories and songs in the same way the people of the Outer Hebrides have done for centuries...

DISCOVER THE 12 DAYS OF THE WINTER CÈILIDH!

THE WINTER CÈILIDH BOOK

A SEASONAL GUIDE TO CÈILIDH CULTURE

To help things along, we’ve created a special winter digital edition of our Harris Cèilidh book and packed it full of creative seasonal cocktails, seafood serves, and festive music to stream. 

In it you’ll find a fun 7 Step Guide to throwing your own winter cèilidh at home, an island Christmas story and even some seasonal Gaelic phrases to try!

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THE HARRIS CÈILIDH BOTTLE

Share our island spirit this winter

With the help of ceramicist Rupert Blamire, we've created a very special object to embody the spirit of The Harris Cèilidh.

Each one is glazed in the beautiful colours of our island's sea and sky, with wonderfully tactile patterning.

At a half-standard 350ml in size, the Harris Cèilidh Bottle is ideal to present and pour, helping to better enjoy an evening among old friends and family.

These special bottles are highly limited but as Christmas draws near we will be releasing 2000 bottles over The 12 Days Of The Winter Cèilidh this coming season.

DISCOVER THE 12 DAYS OF THE WINTER CÈILIDH

"Mairidh càirdeas is cèol..."

"Love and music will endure..."

image credits

Top image © Neil Priessman, from the collection of Dr John Macleod.

Thank you to Fiona MacSween, Margaret Maclellan, and John Morrison for kind permission to share their photographs.