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Two days in one 27-28 May 2017

A tour of Lews Castle in Stornoway helps give an understanding to the money Victorian traders made. A few weeks ago we were in Tyntesfield – built by the richest commoner in England on money made in trading guano.   269 more words

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Back to civilisation? 26 May 2017

Ah, the bustling metropolis of Stornoway. Its 8000 population is about 30% of the island’s total.  Traffic congestion on the high street, traffic lights, roundabouts.  It has it all. 331 more words

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Black house day 25 May 2017

The natives are very friendly!  Today’s kindness was the receptionist in a museum.  “Take my guide book – you won’t want to be buying anything extra when you are cycling”. 259 more words

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2 Islands, one land 24 May 2017

The upper half of Harris and on into the lower half of Lewis is more like the ‘typical’ highland landscapes. Ditto the weather, with a thick mist and then howling gale.   258 more words

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North Uist – Berneray – Harris.  Relatively small steps yet fantastic contrasts.  The relatively new (1999) causeway holds the small 3 mile x 1 mile Berneray in a new umbilical grip to North Uist.   244 more words

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More island hopping 22 May

Uibhist a Deas, Beinn na Faoghla, Uibhist a Tuath:  South Uist, Benbecula, North Uist.  Connected by causeways and divided by religion: as you cross Benbecula, Catholicism is replaced by Calvinism.   266 more words

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Islands galore 21 May 2017

Bhatarsaigh, Barraigh, Èirisgeigh, Uibhist a Deas:  Vatersay, Barra, Eriskay and South Uist.  Remote, yet showing visible signs of development through the ages. In Castlebay, the herring trade blossomed after the coming of the telegraph in the 1880s.   375 more words

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