A collection of stories that have appeared printed in newspapers or online relating to Coralbox 

Scottish Rural Awards 2018 - Business Start Up Finalist  

We are delighted to say we have been selected as a finalist in the 2018 Scottish Rural Awards in the Business Start Up category.

After deciding to move back home to Berneray, the idea of Coralbox then began. Using her own photography, Eilidh used the idea to sell coaster and mug items printed herself with own local photographs and first started selling at craft fairs, tabletop sales and shows around the Islands. As Coralbox began to grow from this, a 2 berth caravan was converted into a small shop for 2016 - a base for people to visit and buy items. In summer of 2016 work also began on a new purpose built wooden gift shop, in which Coralbox trades from today having been completed in October 2016. From craft stalls, to a converted caravan and now a new shop, we are very excited to be a finalist in these awards!

The Scottish Rural Awards, partnered by Scottish Field magazine and the Scottish Countryside Alliance, are the ultimate benchmark of excellence in rural Scotland. Celebrating the true industry, innovation, dedication and community spirit of those who live and work in our wonderful countryside, the Scottish Rural Awards will culminate in a black tie awards ceremony and gala dinner, which will take place at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh on Thursday 22nd March 2018. The Scottish Rural Awards celebrates the triumphs of businesses, organisations and individuals living and working in the Scottish countryside, as well as highlighting the difficulties which are often faced in order to thrive. Ultimately, the Scottish Rural Awards honours those whose work helps to create the beautiful fabric that is Scotland’s countryside. Judged by an esteemed panel of industry leaders and experts, the Scottish Rural Awards is a rigorous multi-stage process, including pre-scoring by the awards team, where entries are discussed and evaluated in detail to decide a shortlist of finalists in each category.

The partnership between Scottish Field magazine and the Scottish Countryside Alliance which brings the Scottish Rural Awards to the national stage is now in its fourth year, with a set of 13 categories championing the rural businesses and unsung community heroes of Scotland.   

A winner, runner-up and highly commended will be awarded for each of the awards’ categories at the fourth annual Scottish Rural Awards and Gala dinner, which will take place on Thursday, March 22, next year at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh. Partnered by Scottish Field and the Scottish Countryside Alliance, in association with the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS), the awards are now in their fourth year. Judged by an esteemed panel of industry leaders and experts, the awards have 13 different categories, with a rigorous multi-stage process to decide shortlists and eventual winners.

Updated Friday 8th December 2018

Published in the Stornoway Gazette on 23 March 2017 

Message from US ship lands on Sollas beach

A Uist woman got more than just a great day out when she took a trip over to Vallay Island – a message in a bottle from over 1400 miles away.

Eilidh Carr (24), who lives on Berneray, found the bottle while visiting beaches in Sollas.

Eilidh, who returned home after studying photography on the mainland and now runs her own gift shop called Coralbox on Berneray, made the discovery on a day off from the shop.

She said: “I like to spend as much time at the beaches and outdoors as much as possible.

“So at the weekend, my dad and I went for a trip over to Vallay Island and then round to Udal onto the beaches in Sollas.

“It was on Traigh Udal that we came across this message in a bottle, which had washed up at high tide.”

The message was dated October 17, 2016, and it also gave position co-ordinates of a ship called Maersk Iowa.

The co-ordinates were based on the ship’s position at the time it was written.

After looking up the Maersk Iowa, Eilidh found out that the ship is a 292-metre long container ship from the Maersk Line in the United States. Calculating from the co-ordinates, Eilidh believes the bottle had travelled roughly 1410 miles before washing up on North Uist.

The message also contained an email address so the sender could find out that if their message had been found. 

After quickly sending an email to the sailor who had dropped the bottle in the sea, Eilidh received a reply, which said: “The ship I’m on now trades from the US east coast and gulf coast to Northern Europe. It is a 35-day run, back and forth across the pond. The ship can carry 4300 containers, it is 292m long and we are currently bound for Norfolk, Virginia in the US. Today we passed just north of the island of Flores in the Azores.”

Eilidh was delighted to find out the story of the bottle, adding: “It turns out it really was an exciting day off walking along the beach.”

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