Circular Ramble With Wings
further instalment of Terry's Lewisian
The forecast was for sunshine so it was time to put on my
shorts and boots and head for Carloway (Gaelic: Carlabhagh) and and new route.
Parking the car next to the Blue Pig gallery, I set off
down the narrow road to Borghastan (sounds like an ex Soviet country). It was
interesting to see the stacks of peat outside some of the crofts, all ready to
provide winter fuel.
Pretty soon I was on a track and up to
the headland, providing great views over
Climbing over the next hillside I could
see clearly the remains of the township
of Laimisiadair. This settlement was abandoned
in 1796 as part of the Highland Clearnces.
A shameful chapter of history when the islanders
were ‘cleared’ off the land to make way
for sheep, which proved to be more profitable
for the landowners.
Further on along the coast I could now
see the lighthouse. I’d never seen a square
one before, whatever happened to tradition!
It looks more like a Tardis.
Looking out to sea I could see the green
island of Craigeam, further west Seana Chnoc
and even the silver sands of little Bernera.
Every turn of the coast provided amazing
views of steep cliffs and pounding waves.
Fortunately it wasn’t too windy, so I could
get close to the edge - it would give Beverley
the screaming abdabs!
Another mile or so and I could see my
next landmark, the Blackhouses of Garrenan.
In addition to being hostel type accommodation
and a museum, there is a cafe, so of course
I had to have a brief stop for a coffee
(and cake, naturally).
The remaining walk would be 15 mins up
the road back to the car. However just as
I rounded the hill after Garrenan, I saw
a man in a high vis jacket with a very large
owl on his arm. We stopped to chat and Iain
(friends in minutes) said come over to see
my other birds - we were meters away from
his garden where he had 6 other birds of
prey all sitting on posts. Before not too
long I had a Harris Hawk on my arm....
It was typical warmth and friendliness
of the islanders and I finally left promising
to drop In for a coffee next time I was
passing. His young Spectacled owl was a
Back to car and a reading of 6.9 miles
and more great memories of this brilliant
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Mike, Martin, Stan, Tony
: Trick or Treat?
31st October 2019
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