Muckle Flugga Piccalilli is named after a dramatic rock at the far north of Shetland where, in 1854, Thomas and David Stevenson battled some of the most ferocious waves in the UK to build Britain’s most northerly lighthouse. Thomas Stevenson brought his 19-year-old son Robert Louis Stevenson there in 1869. To this day Muckle Flugga remains one of the most stunning sights in Britain – the UK’s most northerly point after the neighbouring rock, Out Stack. Next stop directly north is the Arctic.
In Norse mythology, Valhalla was the enormous and majestic Great Hall of Odin. Thatched with golden shields and guarded by wolves and eagles, Valhalla was where the bravest warriors who had died in battle lived forever. Valhalla is also the name of the UK’s most northerly brewery, situated on Unst, Shetland’s northernmost island, whose craft beer forms an essential ingredient in our chutney.
Taing, the name of our sweet, sticky onion marmalade, is also the name of the small grass covered tidal island on the beautiful beach at Norwick on the north east coast of Unst. Although this little island seems unremarkable, it’s of great interest to geologists. Eastern Unst is an ophiolite - where a section of the earth's crust from beneath the ocean collided with an ancient continent 420 million years ago. At Norwick beach next to the Taing is a shallow trench and you can see where the ophiolite and continent meet.
Shetland is one the UK's last unspoilt places. We're delighted to bring a little taste of Shetland to you, wherever you are.