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Lady Claire Macdonald to open NSA Highlandsheep

One of Scotland’s leading restaurateurs, food writers, cookery demonstrator and champion of the Scottish food industry, Lady Claire Macdonald, of the Kinloch Lodge Hotel, Sleat, Isle of Skye, has accepted the invitation to officially open Scotland’s new sheep event, NSA Highlandsheep, at Dingwall on Thursday, May 30.

The one-day event, being organised by the Scottish Region of the National Sheep Association, is the flagship event for the Scottish sheep industry in Scotland this year and is set to attract a large gathering of sheep farmers from throughout the Highlands and Islands as well as further afield.

Lady Claire Macdonald

Lady Claire Macdonald

The other speaker at the opening ceremony will be Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Richard Lochhead, who is Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Moray.

Venue for the event is Dingwall Mart, courtesy of Dingwall and Highland Marts Ltd, and leading animal feed manufacturers, Harbro Ltd, have been confirmed as major sponsor. The official opening will take place at 10.30am.

“Lady Claire is an iconic figure in the Scottish food and farming industry and a tremendous ambassador for Scottish food, including Scotch lamb,” said NSA Highlandsheep organising committee chairman, Rod McKenzie, Muirton, Munlochy.

“We look forward to welcoming Lady Claire to NSA Highlandsheep and honoured that she has found time in her busy schedule to join us for this important event for sheep farmers in the Highlands and Islands.”

Lady Claire said she was delighted to accept the invitation of NSA Scotland to open the event and help promote the quality and provenance of Scotch lamb.

“The sheep industry is so important to the Highlands and Islands, and indeed to the whole of Scotland, and we must do everything possible to encourage the consumption of Scotch lamb and reverse the current downward trend in ewe numbers,” said Lady Claire.

“There is nothing better than Scotch lamb in its prime but we need to do even more to improve quality and make home produced lamb an even more attractive option for consumers.”

Lady Claire and her husband, Lord Godfrey Macdonald, High Chief of the Clan Donald, have established the Michelan-starred Kinloch Lodge restaurant and hotel over the past 40 years as one of the leading country house hotels in Scotland. Now run on a day-to-day basis by her daughter, Isabella, Kinloch Lodge has been voted one of the top 25 small hotels in the world by Conde Naste Traveller Magazine. It has recently re-opened following a £750,000 upgrade and expansion.

Lady Claire is the author of 18 cookery books and writes regular food columns in the Scotsman and Press and Journal. Her cookery demonstrations at events such as the Royal Highland Show are packed out and her passion and support for Scotland’s food has earned her a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland and the NFU Scotland Ambassador Award.

She is also Patron of the Scottish Food Fortnight and the Scottish Association of Farmers Markets.


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