I is for Icehouses


I for Icehouses. Scotland was and still is an agricultural nation producing food in many different forms for both the UK and abroad. Salmon was and still is a major part of this industry. Take a visit out to the Scottish Dolphin Centre at Spey Bay and you can still see the Tugnet Ice House. Replaced today by freezers and refrigerators this was at one stage the largest ice house in Scotland, just a third of this huge building shows above ground. Built in 1830, ice was gathered in winter using specially cut channels in the Spey, stored before being used to keep the salmon fresh for shipping. Exploring the icehouse now it is hard to reconcile with today’s modern shipping methods and one can only imagine people’s lives in those days.  Even today not in use the Icehouse is cold. At the same time other fishing villages all around the coast where undertaking the same endeavours as smaller Icehouses can be seen at both Burghead and Findhorn.  Don’t forget to look for Dolphins while visiting the Icehouse, they are certainly frequenting the right place for salmon at the mouth of the River Spey.