Today was to be a fine day for an extended trip the length of Lewis and Harris. While they are referred to as 2 islands, they are indeed only one. Many rumors abound as to why. The one I like best is the the Clan Macleod, Cheiftans of this island had a split and they in turn split the territory in half as well. There is no doubt that Harris is by far the more mountainous and remote feeling of the island, so while only one island, there is very definitely two different feelings between Lewis and Harris.
After breakfast and making our lunches, we headed straight towards the small port town of Tarbert. This is where we’ll be boarding our ferry to the Isle of Skye in 2 days time. Once on the east coast of the island, we then cut again over to the west side and drove down the length of “South Harris” taking in all the scenery and incredible beaches.
Once at the southern tip of Harris, we took time to explore St Clement’s Church in the small hamlet of Rodel. This medieval church dates from 1520 and ran for about 40 years before the reformation shut it down. It was revived some 250 years later by Macleod. It is widely regarded as the finest pre reformation church in the Outer Hebrides and was influenced by the architecture of Iona Abbey off Mull.
After a lovely walk around this peaceful space, it was time to head back up the coast to look for a spot to have our lunch.
It had been a full day of exploring so we headed home for some R and R before our supper. We are in such a lovely remote spot here in Borve, it’s a shame not to spend some quality time in this very pastoral setting.
Tomorrow we are off to Stornaway to explore the town and take a leisurely pace in a lovely port town. Until Then.
Day 40, Stornaway and exploring Riverside Cottage surrounds.
We took our time this morning getting up and going. We enjoyed a lovely breakfast of scrambled eggs and Scottish local smoked salmon before Gwen and Glenn and I headed into Stornaway.
Our first stop was to the Lews Castle, which was used as a school and now is a museum and event centre. We went into the castle and saw the large and gracious rooms, very bright and airy feeling. Unfortunately, the museum was closed…I was looking forward to seeing the few (6) Lewis Chessmen that they have here on loan from the British Museum. Alas, I’ll have to put up with photos and replica chess sets being sold in the shops!
We next headed in the town proper to go and see some Harris Tweed and other things local!
After our exploring was done, we had a lovely lunch at a local restaurant and then headed back to the house in Borve.
Once back at the house, Gwen and I went off to explore the coastal walk again. The waves were really putting on a show for us today!
Back at the house, it was time for a little R and R, and packing. Tomorrow we head over to Skye for the next leg of our adventure. Hope you can join us there! Until then.
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