The history of Marmalade
The tale of Marmalade…
Today Marmalade is a grade b listed Georgian hideaway in the Isle of Skye, perfect for a revitalising break away. The zest for life that is at the heart of the Marmalade experience traces back to our roots.
In 1810, Lord MacDonald of Sleat built the original house for the treasurer of his estate. The treasurer, Dr Alexander ‘Ban’ MacLeod, was a relative of the MacDonald family and a vital representative of the MacDonald estate. It was MacLeod and his wife who first used the property to make the most of Skye’s rich, natural landscape.
MacLeod was also responsible for the original Tower on the ‘Lump’ in Portree, which he’d intended to be a museum and pleasure garden. Pleasure gardens were the Disneylands of the Georgian era and gave people a chance to experience nature within city centres. MacLeod recognised the health benefits of this experience and the story states that his wife loved the idea of pleasure gardens so much that she wanted her own. And so they began to plant a selection of conifers, ferns, and orange trees on the land.
It’s these orange trees that gave Marmalade its name.
MacLeod and his wife would spend time together tending to their garden and nurturing the oranges, and the Isle of Skye’s clean air and rich landscape resulted in the sweetest produce. MacLeod’s wife would pick the oranges and together they would enjoy the fruit, freshly squeezed juice, and of course homemade marmalade.
Rumour has it that it was the sweetest marmalade in the area and their neighbours believed it had healing properties. It was this homemade marmalade that inspired the name for this section of the estate.