Western Isles Things to Do

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Western Isles Things to Do

  • A Walk on the beach

    You won't find these beaches overrun with tourists. In fact don't be surprised if you have the whole beach to yourself ... nice!

  • The Flora of the Hebrides

    The Outer Hebrides are well known for the abundance of wild flowers but it wasn't until I retired that I started to notice how beautiful they are so I started to photograph them

  • Mount Stuart House

    An absolute must is a visit to Mount Stuart House, the home of the Marquess of Bute. It is a very spectacular Victorian Gothic house and was the architectural fantasy of the 3rd Marquess of Bute and his architect Sir Robert Rowand Anderson. When the 3rd Marquess died in 1900 his widow continued with the project. Mount Stuart is the seat of the...

  • Carloway Broch

    Carloway Broch is an interesting broch to see as it plainly shows the two separate walls that give stability and extra warmth to the broch. It is an intereting one as you can explore the inside but be careful as you go through the VERY low entrances, I stood up too soon and really hurt my back! There's a visitor's information centre just at the car...

  • Renovated Thatched Houses

    Gearrannan Blackhouse Village.These thatched houses were destroyed in a storm 50 odd years ago and have recently been renovated and a museum and hostel opened on site. It is a place where you can experience the way of life of people living in the last century. The museum is open from 9.30am to 5.30pm throughout the summer but you can stroll amongst...

  • Iolaire Tragedy

    After World War One the Iolaire was bringing back the surviving Hebridean soldiers. It was a stormy night and the ship ran aground just out of reach of shore. Due to the terrible storm raging around them, only 79 of the 284 men on board survived. This tragedy still haunts the residents of the Western Isles to this day as can be seen from the...

  • Callanish Standing Stones

    The Callanish Standing Stones are a set of stones built in megalithic times, the purpose of which is widely debated. You can see them clearly from the road on the A858 and they are worth a look. It is one of the few sites on the island that you can actually go right up to and touch. Free entry.

  • Whale Jawbone Arch

    This is a large arch created from the lower jawbones of a blue whale that washed up on the beach in 1920. It has a harpoon hanging from it which was retrieved from the carcass of the whale, unexploded. The man who found the whale had the harpoon in his shed when it eventually did explode but luckily he wasn't in there at the time.You can see the...

  • The Machair

    The Machair is an essential ingredient in what makes the Western Isles such a special place. Basically it is a layer of flourishing flowery meadows behind the Western coastline of the isles. From May to September, when the flowers are blooming, this is a wonderful place to be at, even when the sun is not out. Machair grows on sand which is very...

  • Calanish For Disabled Visitors

    Gaels tend to be a bit unorganized and sloppy at times. Maybe it is because of this that nowhere around the (accessible) visitors centre is there any mention of how disabled visitors can get to the standing stones. It's impossible from the visitors' centre due to extremely rough and loose gravel on the paths between the centre and the stones. You...

  • Visiting The Callanish Standing Stones

    One of the main tourist attractions on the Isle of Lewis. You'll notice this when visiting in summer and watching the busloads of people being dropped off at the visitor's centre.The weather being really terrible, I had to use a tobacco colour graduated filter in order to get some contrast into the sky.

  • Gaelic Music

    The Western Isles are famous for their distinctive musical traditions. There are so breathtakingly beautiful melodies and lyrics that even tough people will have problems holding back their tears. In Gaelic society, songs were sung all day long, accompanying all times of day and all kinds of activities. Among these, Waulking Songs and Mouth Music...

  • Beautiful gardens at Ardencraig

    If you enjoy looking at flowers and wandering around gardens take a look at Ardencraig Gardens which are about 10 minutes walk uphill from Craigmore Pier. They are sheltered walled gardens, originally part of Ardencraig Estate. There is also an aviary and beside the garden there is a very nice tea room.

  • Marble Chapel at Mount Stuart

    The Chapel in Mount Stuart really is unbelievably beautiful and I think work began on the Chapel in 1896.

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