Bake boot deliver-vrooms on Luing

Decisions, decisions for Lilly Burgar and Ross Kirkham at Luing's baking boot.

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Bakers on Luing have come up with a bun-tastic way of keeping islanders sweet.

When Covid temporarily closed The Isle of Luing Bakers’ usual selling spot at the Atlantic Islands Centre, they decided to pack up a car boot and start a home delivery service.

The treats-on-wheels idea is such a hit that the bakers, who all give their time and skills as volunteers, are keeping it going.

Mary’s Millionaires are just one of the temptations delivered to the door weekly by the Isle of Luing Bakers.
Savoury and sweet, always plenty to choose from thanks to the skills of the Isle of Luing Bakers.
Swirly buns from Isle of Luing bakers.
Bootful of Luing bakes.

The profits are going to the Isle of Luing Community Trust to help support the centre while its doors are closed.

The baking boot tours the island every Wednesday, starting in Cullipool one week then Toberonochy the next week, to make sure each village gets a chance to get first choice, says one of the bakers, Mary Whitmore.

‘The baking boot has been so popular – whatever we make sells!’ she added.

Folk who live on the main route hang a flag or scarf on their gate if they want the car to stop.

The car also stops at the ferry shed before the 11am ferry so people leaving or coming on to the island can get baking too.

On Saturdays the dedicated bakers also deliver pre-orders round the island, and on Fridays stock up Luing Stores with freshly made cinnamon or Belgian buns.

With currently eight bakers baking twice a week, there is always something different to tempt the tastebuds and they are all  packed and labelled with ingredients and allergens.

‘It always includes something savoury such as courgette and feta tart and cheese scones, and a great range of sweet bakes from ginger bread, tiffin, fruit scones, lemon drizzle, flapjacks, fruit slice, strawberry tarts, meringues, and a lovely range of biscuits – including the popular oaties,’ said Mary.

Celebration cakes are also becoming a speciality – so far themed creations have included a camper van and a Disney castle complete with turrets.

The baking boot drivers are also a big part of the ‘amazing team’, says Mary, with making time to ‘have a chat on the way’ with customers, all part of the service with a cheery smile.

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