In 2010, the shellfish from Lock Ryan oyster bed located on the east coast of the country were named the best oysters found in Scotland. Actually, these oysters are highly prized throughout the globe, and centuries ago Julius Caesar wrote in his letter that Loch Ryan oysters are the best in the world. Once this fishing area used to be the royal property of King William III until in 1701 when he handed it over to the Wallace family. Today the Loch Ryan fishery produces 95 % of native Scottish oysters. Unlike rock oysters available at any time of the year, native ones are edible only during the "r"-months, namely from September to mid-April and considered particularly succulent in October.