5 minutes walk from Between the Rocks and the Sea
Nestled in the Scottish hillside
View of Neave or Comb Island, a kayaker's dream
The road awaits...
Sgeirea (Skerray) Gaelic meaning: ‘Between the Rocks and the Sea’….
Welcome to our home in Skerray, a remote crofting hamlet on the stunning north coast of Scotland, just a few miles form the North Coast 500 route. Whether you are looking for bed and breakfast accommodation, a holiday let , ecotherapy journeys, great catering or delicious homemade cake, you have come to the right place.
The idea for Between the Rocks and the Sea started in 2015 when Andy sent Lauren a link to a stunning looking cottage in Scotland. A trip up the UK from Bath in Somerset and we fell in love with the house, the garden and the area. So we placed an offer, it was accepted and the idea for opening a bed and breakfast, holiday let and venue was born! Combining our different skills (Andy is a vegetarian chef and has run a bed and breakfast previously and Lauren is an ecotherapist and vegan and set up and ran her own woodland outdoor training and education business for several years), we knew that we would be able to offer something unique and not just the usual bed and breakfast. But first, we had to renovate the house which has been quite a challenge and lots of hard work, most of it done by ourselves with expert help and advice from locals in the area and also visiting family. We have learnt alot and had lots of fun in the process with a few surprises along the way. The area inspires us and we are delighted to be able to live and work in a place so special, sharing it with incredible people and wildlife. So whether you are looking for bed and breakfast accommodation or a holiday let just off the North Coast 500 route, an ecotherapy-based experience, a visit to our veggie/vegan pop up cafe or catering for an event, please do get in touch!
Andy is a vegetarian chef and has worked for the last 25 years in the catering business both in the UK and abroad. Andy enjoys creating rustic-style veggie/vegan food. In the past, when he was not in the UK, he may have been found in Papua New Guinea where he set up a restaurant and recruited and trained a team of staff to create both western, eastern and also fusion dishes.
Andy has travelled extensively, his wanderlust started when he met a New Zealander whilst working in a kitchen at the tender age of 16. This inspirational guy invited Andy to travel overland to India with him and Andy grabbed his rucksack and went! Hooked, Andy had many other adventures including travelling overland through Africa for over a year and has been on several trips to Nepal, India, Thailand and the middle and far east.
Travel has influenced his cooking style and he has a fantastic repertoire of world food to fall back on. A memorable moment for Andy was cooking with Iranian women in Esfahan in Iran, laughing and gossiping at the back of the house making piles of food for a large gathering. Andy is at home cooking in a large kitchen or on a fire outdoors and he enjoys bringing food to life.
Lauren has run a business for several years and understands customer service having been brought up selling flowers at her mum’s flowerstall. She is curious about the wonderful world we live in and that curiosity has taken her to far flung places around the world as well as to remote parts of the UK. Lauren’s passion about sharing her connection with nature has led her to train to be an ecotherapist which is a lifelong journey. Buying Between the Rocks and the Sea and setting it up as a peaceful, loving home which can be shared and enjoyed by others is part of this journey.
Lauren has worked as a Forest School practitioner and trainer for many years and is used to working with a diversity of ages and experiences. She also enjoys wild swimming, walking, camping and meditation. Many years ago, after a gap year in South America, and year at Edinburgh University, Lauren bought a one way ticket to India which changed her life in many ways. Interested in the spirituality which was woven into everyday existence in India and other countries which she visited, Lauren became hooked on bathing in holy rivers, the Ganges being one of them. She hiked to the source of the Ganges and there she made a promise- to return one day from the country she was living in by foot. Well, she has started to fulfill that promise and began walking to India December 2014 from Glastonbury Tor in Somerset. Andy joined her at Stonehenge and they made it to Dover, wild camping along the way. then Lauren carried on to Ghent in Belgium and she and Andy will be doing the rest of the journey together, for as long as it takes. And when there is the opportunity to do so. A spiritual journey of love, Lauren is carrying a book of names from the UK to India and will read the names out when she arrives at the Gaumukh glacier, the source of the Ganges. If you would like your name included and/or a message, please let her know.