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Hallowe'en in the Hebrides

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A travel journal to Harris and Lewis by tallulahbang

Callanish/Calanais Standing Stones Photo, Isle of Lewis, Scotland More Photos
Quote: A week in the Outer Hebrides

The best beaches of Harris and Lewis

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Hushinish beach Photo, Harris and Lewis, Scotland
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One of the many things that the Outer Hebrides are famed for (apart from being remote and producing a lot of tweed) is the outstanding quality of their beaches. Despite the (very) northern location, there’s more than a little hint of the tropics in the acres of fine white sand and turquoise waters. On days when the sun is shining, the beaches really are astonishingly beautiful and, best of all, you’ll generally find that you have them all to yourself. We saw too many to count when we were there, but I thought I’d pick out three that became firm favourites.*A toilet with a view*Okay, so this is one E.M. Forster didn’t think to write a book about, but that’s his loss as ...Read More

Hamarsay House

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Hotel | "Home at Hamarsay"

Hamarsay House Photo, Scalpay, Harris
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When on holiday I tend not to be a great fan of hotels. It’s not that there’s anything wrong them; more that I like to be able to come and go when I please, have my meals when I feel like it and just generally make myself completely at home. Our dog always comes with us, which most hotels tend to take a dim view of. So, when we stayed on the Isle of Scalpay for a week, I wanted somewhere that would be cosy and allowed pets. Following quite a few internet searches, Hamarsay House was the one that looked most suitable.*Booking Process*My boyfriend made the booking via phone and it was hassle-fee: a deposit secured the booking and then we paid the full amount shortly bef...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 28, 2012

Hamarsay House
Island of Scalpay of Harris
Outer Hebrides, North West Scotland

St. Clement's Church

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Attraction | "The last resting place of the MacLeods"

St. Clement's Church Photo, Harris, Harris and Lewis
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One of the things recommended by guidebooks as worth a visit on the Isle of Harris is St Clement’s Church at Rodel. I’m a sucker for a mediaeval church and I love nothing more than spending an hour or two poking around a graveyard reading the tombstone inscriptions so off we went. The route we took was along the A859 which skirts around the edge of the bottom of the island. It’s well worth going this way as you will pass several stunning beaches with white sand and turquoise blue seas. These are great for dogs and kids alike and, for most of the year, you are quite likely to have them all to yourself. You will also see the island of Taransay, which was where the British reality television series ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 25, 2012

St. Clement's Church
Village of Rodel
Harris, Outer Hebrides

Callanish/Calanais Standing Stones

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Attraction | "Just like Elton John, they're still standing"

Callanish/Calanais Standing Stones Photo, Isle of Lewis, Scotland
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I’m a sucker for standing stones. Basically, unless it’s a pile of gravel that’s been poured in a circle I’m predisposed to be impressed. The Outer Hebrides are positively covered in standing stones and stone circles and most of them are suitably remarkable, even if none of them are quite as inspiring as, say, Stonehenge.*Getting there*The first one that we went to see whilst on holiday was the standing stone circle at Callanish (or Calanais, depending on how Gaelic you are) on the Isle of Lewis. I confess that I was very distracted by looking for eagles - didn’t see a damn one, just a load of seagulls with unrealistic ambitions - and so my boyfriend did the navigation, ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 24, 2012

Callanish/Calanais Standing Stones
Village of Callanish
West Coast of Lewis HS2 9DY

Loch Erisort Inn Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Cracking food and a warm welcome"

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On our holiday to the Outer Hebrides recently we fancied eating out and the Loch Erisort Inn was recommended to us as it would definitely be open and serving food off-season. We arrived early-ish (around 7pm) and found the place easily as it's well signposted from the main road.Despite accidentally startling Geraldine (the landlady) we were warmly welcomed and shown to a table. For most of the evening we were the only people there and it could have felt quite awkward, but Geraldine was full of chat and we felt really at home - we certainly didn't feel under any pressure to eat quickly and leave, in fact we were there nearly 2 hours enjoying the atmosphere! The bar is great - full of really...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 25, 2012

Loch Erisort Inn Restaurant
Shieldinish
South Lochs, Isle of Lewis HS2 9RA
0185183 0473

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Belfast, United Kingdom

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