Stornoway, isle of Lewis

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Scotland

 

This morning, I collected tour group from Royal Hotel, Stornoway and then proceeded as follows:

First to the prehistoric stone circle site at Callanish which may date from 2200 BC.This is one of the top prehistoric sites in the British Isles. Being located close to the coast the site has benefit of good views over the sea and landscape.

Callanish Stones, Isle of Lewis

Callanish Stones, Isle of Lewis, Scotland

Next to Carloway Broch. This is the base section of a high status circular building dating from the Iron-Age, about 2000 yrs ago.this site offers a good vantage position over the surrounding landscape and seascape.

Carloway Broch, Isle of Lewis

Carloway Broch, Isle of Lewis, Scotland

 

Next to Gearrannan Blackhouse Village, a restored community of traditionally built houses with thatched roofs. This type of property was occupied until around the 1970s. We had a light lunch here.

Gearrannan Blackhouse Village, Isle of Lewis

Gearrannan Blackhouse Village, Isle of Lewis, Scotland

Next to the Norse Mill and Kiln which dates from the Viking era about 1200 years ago. This site includes a water powered mill for grinding grain.

Norse Mill & Kiln, Isle of Lewis

Norse Mill & Kiln, Isle of Lewis, Scotland

Next to an intruiging stop. By arrangement we met up with a local who took us out to shieling (small house) situated on a peat moor. Here we met the gentleman’s family and was provided with a demonstration of peat cutting. Myself and some members of the group took the opportunity to enage in peat cutting. After refreshment at the shieling and fond farewells we left the peat moor only to get caught in a long line of traffic which had been diverted due to smoke generated from a peat moor fire a few miles away.

Shiellng, Isle of Lewis

Shiellng, Isle of Lewis, Scotland

 

Peat Cutting, Isle of Lewis

Peat Cutting, Isle of Lewis, Scotland

We eventually returned to the Stornoway hotel in good time for dinner.

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