Skye & Lochalsh Beekeepers Association

Beekeeping on the north-west coast of Scotland

Photo by Dave Phillips

Photo by Dave Phillips

Photo by Dave Phillips

Welcome to the Skye and Lochalsh Beekeepers Association

SLBKA aims to support small-scale beekeeping in the Skye, Lochalsh and Lochcarron area.

We are an active group of about 80 members. We organise apiary visits during the summer months, events and talks by visiting experts during the winter, and monthly Zoom meetings throughout the year. 

Members of the Association benefit from sharing knowledge and expertise amongst each other and have access to our library of reference books and magazines. Members also have the use of equipment owned by the Association, including honey spinners and a heather honey press, and can buy jars and syrup from the Association’s stocks. Members can also join our Facebook group.

Photo by Dave Phillips

Whilst the weather in our area means that our honey crops are often small, geographic isolation has enabled our bees to remain largely disease free. Information from our member surveys suggests that varroa has not yet reached parts of Skye and Raasay. One of the Association’s aims is to try to supply new beekeepers, and beekeepers moving into the area, with locally-adapted, disease-free bees. If you are starting up beekeeping in our area, please contact us to discuss.


Audrey Sinclair
Carnmore, Badicaul
Kyle of Lochalsh, IV40 8BB
Tel: 01599 534238

SLBKA Secretary

Jill Lopez
Waternish, IV55 8G
Tel: 01470 592771

Committee members

Chair – Audrey Sinclair
Secretary – Jill Lopez
Treasurer – Janice Nixon
Newsletter – Dave Phillips
Equipment Officer – John MacLeod
Zoom hosting – Sara Taylor
Members – David Bevan, Janet Hey, Dorothy Jackson, Meg Miller, Lis Phillips

Help with swarms

North Skye
Nigel Hindley 07876 206165

Central Skye
Mack Mackay 07717 307793

South Skye
John MacLeod 01471 822776
Mack Mackay 07717 307793

David Bevan 07780 466062
Audrey Sinclair 01599 534238

Vicky Stonebridge 07799 481617

Become a member

Please contact us for more information about joining the Association.

Get more information

Please contact us if you have any questions or for more information about the Association.