Our day started with a lovely breakfast at our B and B, which was right beside the ferry terminal. No worries about getting the car there on time. It was great. Glenn could park the car in line ( one of the first) and then we went for a walk in Ullapool for an hour or so before we needed to be ready in the car.
Another long day of travel, so we called it an early night after watching a movie. Tomorrow would be some discoveries on this part of Lewis. Until Then!
Day 38, Lewis. Butte of Lewis and the Callanish Stone Circle.
We took our time getting up today. Our plan was pretty relaxed as it looked like we would have a rainy day. Our first exploration was to get down to the beach behind our B and B. We walked through a couple of sheep fields and finally found the angry surf!
We soon set off for the Butt of Ness hike. Dan wasn’t feeling his best so he took a day of R and R while Gwen, Glenn and I tackled the north west coast of Lewis.
We then headed south towards the Standing Stones of Callanish. This stone circle, like the ring of Brodgar, is around 5,000 years old. Yet it is also very different. First of all, the stones are rougher and smaller stones were used. The ring was created, then over the next few hundred years stones were erected to trail away from the circle in a cross like fashion.
After Callanish, we headed north back towards home. A couple of stops on the way caught our eye.
Our next and final stop was a quick visit to a Black House Settlement. These house are replicas of those that dotted the countryside in Lewis and Harris. They were built to have the animals dwell in one side and the people in the other. Rooves were made of thatch which was covered over with weighted fish netting. These rooves would be replaced each year with fresh reeds.
Another full day and time to put our feet up back home and relax. We walked down our lane way, across the main road to the hotel for dinner which was lovely. It has made us feel the tiredness in our bones. In spite of the late setting of the sun, I don’t think we’ll be making it a late night. Tomorrow we are off to Harris and the beaches. It promises to be a fine day, so please stay tuned and join us! Until then!
Thanks for the beautiful photos. My father is from Pictou, Nova Scotia. Avondale station not to be confused with what is currently called Avondale. 😊