Lewis, a land of peat, moor, bog and large puddles. The distant mountains of Harris can just be seen
On a rather overcast and chilly morning Mary and I went to the isle Lewis for the day. We went on a combined ferry and coach trip to see some places of historic interest on Lewis. It was blustery and grey as we sailed out of Ullapool across the North Minch. But the weather didn't deter our enjoyment. I've only ever been to Lewis once before and never further than its capital, Stornoway. It was a really interesting and enjoyable day. The best bit was perhaps the visit to the black houses at Gearrannan, facing towards the Atlantic, life here must have been tough - even if the views were good! Harris is noted for its tweed but Lewis also had its share of weaving looms. The one here is a Hattersley loom and the weaver is Roddy who patiently answered our questions and explained how the hands free flying shuttle mechanism worked. As we made our way back to the coach we could smell the smoke from the peat fire. Peat has a wonderful pungent almost sweet smell as it burns.
This day trip whetted my appetite to return to the Western Isles.
How funny to see that stone hot water bottle preserved as a museum item! My grandparents in Buckie had those bottles - called a 'pig'. I wonder what became of them in our house. I fear my dad threw them out when he was clearing out after my mum died.
Linda I think all the furnishings and contents of this black house belonged to the old lady who lived there up until the 1950's. She was rehoused but agreed that the contents could be left as they were for a museum.
Such incredible views. The standing stones are especially fascinating.
You did well fitting all this into one day. A really busy Twelve hours or so.
Stunning views and such interesting places! We are hoping to go next year so will 'bookmark' your photos to remind us where to go!
Wonderful photos - another place to put on my must-visit list!! I remember having a stone hot water bottle in the bed when I was little!
Stunning photos of interesting places. We still have a stone "pig". It props open our lounge door and is always commented upon.
I only once tried to light a peat fire in Ireland - it wouldn't burn but smoked the room out! I'm a fan of standing stones but hadn't seen these before.
Oh, how I wish I could have come with you! What a wonderful visit....
Rachel, it would have been lovely if you could have come too.
Lucille, sorry to hear about your 'unlit' peat fire. They really do give off a wonderful smell when lit.
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