History

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    1860's

    In the 1860’s the Duke of Sutherland built the salmon house as a wild salmon fishing station.  This beautiful building on the pier is made of locally quarried Caithness stone.

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    1880's

    In the 1880’s Ernest Beveridge, the pioneering photographer took this image of Badcall Salmon House and Badcall Bay (Badcall is Gaelic for ‘copse of the hazel’).

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    1940-75

    Badcall salmon house was used as a sheep shed and store.

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    1970s

    The broodstock for the farm was established from wild Scottish stock.

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    1975

    J. Johnston & Sons Ltd started salmon farming in Badcall Bay.

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    1999

    Loch Duart Ltd was founded by Nick Joy, Alan Balfour and Andy Bing. At that stage the company farmed the Calbha, Laxford and Badcall sites on the Scottish mainland.

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    2002

    Loch Duart becomes the first salmon farm to be RSPCA approved.

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    2004

    The Ardvar sites on the south site of Eddrachilles Bay are acquired.

    Loch Duart insists on sustainable feed ingredients from feed supplier.

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    2006

    The Carnan site in South Uist is acquired.

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    2008

    Loch Duart wins The Queen’s Award for Enterprise – International Business.

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    2012

    `Best of British’ food reception at 10 Downing Street.

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    2013

    Loch Duart salmon served at the wedding  breakfast for Prince William and Kate Middleton.

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    2015

    Retirement of Nick Joy and Alan Balfour.
    Appointment of Alban Denton as Managing Director.

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    2016

    Loch Duart hatchery pioneered ‘environment enrichment’ to international acclaim.  This increases the welfare of young salmon and reduces risk of ‘fin nipping’.

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    2018

    Loch Duart partners with Oritain to create a unique ‘geochemical fingerprint’ for Loch Duart salmon stock, allows verification of our salmon at any point in the supply chain.