In 2000 Maria and Paul Finnegan moved to the Isle of Harris to live and work with their (at that time) two very young children. Having lived and worked in various places in Lewis, Harris, South Uist and Barra they moved back to Harris in 2006 and bought a redundant fish hatchery and set up their own fish farming business, Meavag Fish farming Ltd. At that time the company produced Atlantic Salmon smolts, which were sold live to other salmon companies.

However, as time went on, Maria and Paul wanted to have more control and influence over the final product they worked so hard to produce. They wanted to develop a sustainable business that was not reliant on the whims of multi-national salmon companies. So, with that in mind, they changed their focus and started growing Rainbow trout for the table. This led to them establishing Trout Hebrides.

About Us

We live in one of the most beautiful places in the world and we want to create a business that is sustainable, bringing a taste of the Outer Hebrides to people's dining tables wherever they are.

We grow our trout in the Isles of Harris and Lewis in the pure freshwater that flows through peat and rock, some of the oldest rock on earth to help give our fish a fresh clean taste.

We take in eggs to our hatchery in South Harris where the eggs are hatched and grown until they weigh about 10 grams each. Then we transport them to our freshwater lochs in Lewis where they grow in the clean fresh island water until they are 500-700 grams each.

We harvest the fish at this stage and use them in our pate products to give you that special Hebridean taste.

In addition, we work with another family business who shares our values to supply us with the Steelhead (sea run rainbow) trout that we use in our hot and cold smoked products. They work as hard as us to produce the best quality fish and is the reason why we use them.

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