Now as soon as you read the title of this I bet you all have thoughts on them, don't you? Love em or hate em, we'll all have urtica dioica somewhere in our gardens! 

My thoughts, I love them. In fact it was while I was dealing with them today that I thought of writing this. The main reason that I love them (now, no tutting please) is that I love pulling them out! I find it the most therapeutic thing ever. It really is a battle, pulling them at the roots without getting stung and then

Ten years ago today, a wee idea that I had became a reality and Galloway Chillies was born!

It’s not been the easiest of years but it’s definitely been fun! Lots has been learned and we continue to do so. One thing that has always been a constant is growing chillies as that is our main love but we have missed making preserves. So, when the opportunity arose to make a batch, we thought what better way than to make Chilli Original to celebrate reaching our ten year anniversary.

We are TEN

We are TEN

I don't know what the weather is like with you but it's been a bit dreich so far in Galloway and we've had 61.2mm of rain so far this month at GCHQ! You can't do anything outside in the garden as everywhere is so saturated. So off to the greenhouses it was at the weekend as at least it is dry and wind proof inside them.


Today is earth day, a day that was first held on the 22 April 1970. It's a day to demonstrate support for environmental protection, promoting clean living and a healthy, sustainable habitat for people and wildlife alike. 

Here at GCHQ we don't just spend one day thinking about this, we believe every day should be like this. In fact I didn't actually realise how much I was doing this until I put a tweet out on Sunday " This weekend stats: 88 panes of glass, one door, four windows, 352 clips, a cut finger, one smashed pane, a few cross words and the last pane of glass is finally in. Not a bad way to get through a weekend. #greenhouses"

Butterfly on Buddleja

Butterfly on Buddleja

Wow, what a year this has been so far is probably the biggest understatement you could make!

We had lots of plans for the business including last month going back into production through a collaboration with a charity. But with lock down this won't be happening anytime soon.

We were getting really proud of the selection of hardy herbs that we had grown and nurtured over the winter, which had been destined for a sector that has also been hit hard by the pandemic. 

biodegradable pots

biodegradable pots

PRESS RELEASE: 22 February 2019

A local food business is going back to their roots and will soon be supplying local restaurants, farm shops and hotels with the fruits of their labour.

Sheena Horner, who runs Galloway Chillies from her home near Wigtown, is putting down her apron and picking up her trowel to grow speciality chillies, alongside other herbs and spices. 


Chillies? Sprouts? Together? Really? But of course.

At Galloway Chillies we love developing new products and even though everyone scorned Sheena when she suggested this combo. 

We are delighted to launch a subscription service for our product range.   You select the heat and we do the rest.  Every three months you will receive a new bundle of deliciousness.

More details here:


Happy New Year and what better way to start the new year than with a January Sale. We're sorry that we don't have all products in stock but the ones that we do have 20% off!


We wanted to say thank you and what better way than with one of Galloway's newest businesses, Crafty Distillery whose mission is to create tasty, honest spirits for everyone who likes a tipple. 

It's that time of year again, the moment when much of Scotland’s food and farming sector head to Edinburgh for one of the biggest events of the year - the Royal Highland Show.


The days are getting longer, the daffodils are flowering, fruit bushes and trees have blossom starting to appear! Even the chilli babies are growing into proper chilli plants. The weather is starting to improve and the first signs of spring are all around. I love this time of year, it really does put a bounce in your step, a smile on your face and that touch of warmth in the air puts me in a really happy mood.

It's that time of year again when the chilli seeds are in the propagator (we love our Gardening Sensations Vitopod) and all the Super Hots have germinated. 

We might not support Black Friday, but as a passionate Scottish Food Business we love celebrating St Andrew's Day.

Press Release

30th September 2016

Galloway Chillies’ new mustards are Pure, Dead, Brilliant! 

Dumfries and Galloway business, Galloway Chillies is launching an innovative new range of mustards today at the Wigtown Book Festival. 

Press Release

Dumfries and Galloway business, Galloway Chillies were among companies from across Scotland who celebrated their success at the Scottish Rural Awards & Gala Dinner last Thursday evening. 

Hello everyone and apologies as it has been quite a while since I last wrote something. I however have really got into blogging again and started a personal one, Scots Lass Shenanigans. But that is no good for all my chilli customers, so I shall resolve to be more proactive and try write more on this one too. 

Unless you've been hibernating you will have seen the awful weather and the effect it has had on a lot of Cumbria.

Apologies folks but it's that time of year when I have to mention the 'C' word. I make a point not to mention the word until at least the 1st of November as I think it gets mentioned far too early every year. If I had my way I in fact wouldn't mention it until the 1st December. 

Dumfries and Galloway business, Galloway Chillies are launching a new chilli hot toddy at this year's Wigtown Book Festival. 

Galloway Chillies are pleased to announce that Chilli Rocks will be launched today at Wigtown Book Festival where they will be trading in the Kist. This latest product has been made in collaboration with award winning Rock Rose Gin based in Caithness.