One of the many theories about the name "Black Isle" is that because it's surrounded by sea on three sides, it stays "black" in the winter, that is to say frost and snow don't lie here. Another theory is that traditionally it's beef cattle which are raised here, not dairy, that is to say "black " cattle. Both these possible explanations give an idea of just how important agriculture is to the peninsula.
With numerous farms and crofts, farm shops, a rich fishing heritage, bakeries, whisky and beer production, the ruins of a distillery dear to Robert Burns ("Thee, Ferintosh!"), and much much more, food and drink are a huge part of life here. Check out Transition Black Isle's list of local producers here and check out the businesses below. You can find some of these producers at TBI's regular Community Markets, dates here.