About Us

Arduaine Seaweed was started in 2016 and is run by brothers Ruaridh and Jack Litster-Campbell. After hearing of seaweed's superfood status and knowing its abundance on the West Coast, we looked into the possibility of farming it on a smallscale to produce a range of high quality seaweed products. We take a lot of pride in our products as every part of the process of getting the seaweed from the shore in Arduaine to you - picking, washing, packaging and promoting, is done by us.

Arduaine Seaweed was started in 2016 and is run by brothers Ruaridh and Jack Litster-Campbell. After hearing of seaweed's superfood status and knowing its abundance on the West Coast, we looked into the possibility of farming it on a smallscale to produce a range of high quality seaweed products. We take a lot of pride in our products as every part of the process of getting the seaweed from the shore in Arduaine to you - picking, washing, packaging and promoting, is done by us.

About the Area

Arduaine is situated roughly half way between Oban and Lochgilphead on the West coast of Scotland. As our family have lived on the farm for over a hundred years and six generations, we feel that any way to harvest and use the farm’s natural resources should be seized. It’s for this reason that an 50 kilowatt wind turbine was recently erected on the farm which supplies us with green, renewable energy. This means that the carbon footprint of the business is kept to a minimum, something we feel strongly about. The West Coast of Scotland and specifically the area surrounding Arduaine, is dotted by a huge number of tiny islands. This makes the water here very tidal, helped more so by the fact that the Corryvreckan whirlpool is only a five minute boat journey from the farm. These strong tides ensure the seaweed is clean, before it has been been picked. As we do most of our picking at the mouth of Loch Melfort, our seaweed comes from some of the cleanest water around. At Arduaine Seaweed, we are conscious of over harvesting our seaweed. Doing this would damage the underwater ecosystem and ultimately decimate the the volume and quality of the seaweed. For this reason, we spread our harvesting over a very wide area, covering the whole shoreline of the farm. This means we have very little impact on the local underwater wildlife, be it seaweeds or sea creatures.

Arduaine is situated roughly half way between Oban and Lochgilphead on the West coast of Scotland. As our family have lived on the farm for over a hundred years and six generations, we feel that any way to harvest and use the farm’s natural resources should be seized. It’s for this reason that an 50 kilowatt wind turbine was recently erected on the farm which supplies us with green, renewable energy. This means that the carbon footprint of the business is kept to a minimum, something we feel strongly about. The West Coast of Scotland and specifically the area surrounding Arduaine, is dotted by a huge number of tiny islands. This makes the water here very tidal, helped more so by the fact that the Corryvreckan whirlpool is only a five minute boat journey from the farm. These strong tides ensure the seaweed is clean, before it has been been picked. As we do most of our picking at the mouth of Loch Melfort, our seaweed comes from some of the cleanest water around. At Arduaine Seaweed, we are conscious of over harvesting our seaweed. Doing this would damage the underwater ecosystem and ultimately decimate the the volume and quality of the seaweed. For this reason, we spread our harvesting over a very wide area, covering the whole shoreline of the farm. This means we have very little impact on the local underwater wildlife, be it seaweeds or sea creatures.

About the Process

We pick our seaweed in the tidal waters of Loch Melfort and the surrounding area. Using scissors to snip the seaweed means that the fronds continue to grow and the plant isn’t killed. After harvesting, we wash the seaweed so that only the cleanest healthiest fronds make it into the final product. The method we use for drying depends on the weather. If it is sunny, we dry the seaweed in an open ended poly tunnel. However,if the weather doesn’t suit, we dry it in custom made dehydrators. These dehydrators get their power from the farm’s 50 kilowatt wind turbine. After this, we package the product in sustainably sourced packaging here in Arduaine. All that’s left after this is to send it to you.

We pick our seaweed in the tidal waters of Loch Melfort and the surrounding area. Using scissors to snip the seaweed means that the fronds continue to grow and the plant isn’t killed. After harvesting, we wash the seaweed so that only the cleanest healthiest fronds make it into the final product. The method we use for drying depends on the weather. If it is sunny, we dry the seaweed in an open ended poly tunnel. However,if the weather doesn’t suit, we dry it in custom made dehydrators. These dehydrators get their power from the farm’s 50 kilowatt wind turbine. After this, we package the product in sustainably sourced packaging here in Arduaine. All that’s left after this is to send it to you.