Show us the honey

Show us the honey

After a disease-hit year Honeywell Bee Farm is rebuilding hives to fulfil local demand

Ranald McBay of Honeyhill Bee Farm is getting more calls than ever about his unrefined local honey. His 320 hives are stationed by grateful farmers' oil seed rape fields until July 1, when they're trucked to the heather-covered hills until October.

After a bruising year affected by disease, McBay is building hive numbers back up to 600, the better to fulfil demand. Alongside Scarlett's Scotland, just over the Perthshire border, these bees are responsible for everything from Mackays jams (they pollinate the fruit) to Glen Esk's rolling heather-red landscape to – McBay swears – curing hay fever.

Honeyhill Bee Farm

St Cyrus, Montrose, Angus, DD10 0LG

Beekeepers and producers of unrefined local clover, blossom and heather honeys.

Mackays Ltd

James Chalmers Road, Arbroath, Angus, DD11 3LR

A manufacturer of marmalades, preserves and curds, and the last commercial marmalade producer in the Dundee area, Mackays uses a traditional slow-boiling method in huge copper pans. Raspberries, strawberries and blackcurrants grown in Angus, Perthshire…

Scarletts (Scotland)

Stripside of Longleys, Meigle, Perth and Kinross, PH12 8QX

Honey Farmers market stall: Perth (1st Sat); Edinburgh (1st and 3rd Sat)