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Sep 5, 2018 - Day 1.......ending in Stornaway on the Isle of Lewis

Today we started our bus trip. Starting in Edinburgh....... 10 days on a backpacker bus staying in hostels. We drove from Edinburgh to The Isle of Lewis in the Hebrides. On the way we stopped at Culloden Battlefield. If you have read the Outlander Books this battlefield features prominently. Bonnie Prince Charlie came over from France and encouraged the Scottish Clans to rise up against the British. In 1745 they were roundly defeated and the slaughter of the clansmen lead to the end of the highland tribes. On the ferry I was lucky to talk...

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Aug 13, 2018 - Stornoway

Today’s tour was concentrated in the Standing Stones of Calanais. These stones were hauled to the site over 4,000 years ago using rollers, wooden frames and just brute strength! Of course Stonehenge comes to mind when we see these ‘monuments’. Another structure called Brochs were symbols and homes for the chiefs of a settlement. The Broch at Dun Carloway was on our tour of the area, The final stop was to a ‘typical’ village where the inhabitants were engaged in typical tasks like weaving Harris Tweed cloth. A peat fire was burning. We...

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Oct 30, 2016 - Stornaway 2

29 October: First stop was the tourist info centre where at last we found a local who could interpret the bus timetable for us. We then walked to Lews Castle and Museum. We spent a couple of hours there; much of the castle was closed off due to major restoration works, but we were able to walk through most of the ground floor. The museum was well worth visiting, with all aspects of local history and culture on display. Both the castle and museum were entry by donation. We then caught the bus to see the Standing Stones of Callinish. Although...

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Oct 28, 2016 - Stornaway

28 October: Today was a day of relaxed travel. After a lovely cooked breakfast we strolled to the local bus stop and headed back to Lochmaddy (but NOT to the hotel!). We spent a couple of hours in the Art Gallery and Museum. The art exhibition was lovely - all by local artist Katherine Barr - and the museum display was about the history of North Uist. After tea and a snack we were back on the bus and across the causeway to the island of Berneray to catch ther ferry to Leverburgh on Harris. We had an hour to spare but the terminal was just a...

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Aug 5, 2012 - Lewis

The ferry to the Isle of Lewis was very moody with the fog sitting low on the water. I arrived in Stornoway to be thrown into the midst of their annual carnival. It was great to see everyone out to see the local parade with pipe bands and floats from local organisations. Stornoway itself was a smallish town that doesn't look like it has essentially changed in over a centuary. Yes, the small things like the mechandise sold in the shops and the restuarants plying their trade but you could easily imaging living in this fishing port 100...

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Finding Cheryl 2012

Jul 23, 2007 - 9 Bank Street

Well I have a home!!! 9 Bank Street Stornoway Isle of Lewis Western Isles HS1 2XG Scotland So you can all send me some postcards and stuff! There is no phone line so you still can't surprise call me. It is a great apartment right in the centre of town. The view from my bedroom window is of the harbour and Lews castle. It is about 20 mins walk to work but a colleague drives past and has offered to pick me up on those stormy mornings we are bound to get. I will be living with Brie (25 y.o) from the Sunshine Coast, Martin (17 y.o!!!) from the...

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Jun 18, 2007 - Back to the UK

I have now arrived in Cardiff, Wales. Not a bad flight with lots of turbulence. The flight was delayed 3 hours and people were starting to get a bit frustrated. It gave me time to charge the battery on my new video camera that I had bought in duty free. Got a small video of the Sydney skyline and a Qantas plane taxiing out. Was quite hungry by the time we got on the plane as I had arrived in Sydney at 12.30pm, but luckily I had pre-arranged for a vegetarian meal so got it first. The pilots then announced over the loud speaker for all crew...

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Sep 27, 2006 - Day 5: Ullapool - Lewis

We catch the early ferry to Europe's most westerly island, Lewis, where we spend the night. Today we visit the stunning Callanish Standing Stones, Neolithic in age and dating back more than 5000 years. Much quieter than Stonehenge, these are said to be some of the most impressive and inspiring of ancient stones in Britain. These Hebridean islands are predominantly Gaelic speaking and have an unbroken culture dating back thousands of years. Tonight is your chance to hear traditional music and haunting Gaelic tunes.

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Jun 24, 2006 - Fine Driving in the Outer Hebrides

Callanish Standing Stones are one of Britain's most complete stone circles, predating the pyramids by a thousand years. Like the pyramids and Stonehenge, nobody really knows why this collection of variously sized and shaped slivers of stone were built. I time my visit to coincide with the summer solstice, when all the mystical forces of Lewis will converge on the stones. I'm expecting nothing short of a full druid ceremony. Instead there's only a motley collection of tents and tarpaulins which have barely survived the overnight bluster. To...

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