Lewis/Harris/North Uist/South Uist/Barra

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  1. Polly Put The Kettle On

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    As the title suggests it is a visit to The Outer Hebredes

    We are 2 MotorHomes doing this visit and 1 dog

    Was going from Ullapool to Stormness but they are not sailing from Ullapool due to harbour matainence. They are doing a sail from Uig Skye to Stormness but they have not got the sailings or prices yet. Will take 2 1/2 hours

    We are ok with the ferries

    So no matter when we go in May there is no rush

    So my question is

    Any recommendations in any of the areas of places to visit and places to stay
    Thank you
     
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    Go fromUig to Tarbert, then drive up the Island to Stornoway less time and money on that crossing!!!!!! image.jpg
    Use google earth to explore the islands !
     
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    Before going check the online leaflets in the links under Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) Here.
     
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    Hi Polly, We sailed from Uig to Lockmaddy (1.45hrs). Did South Uist (cl site) and then north Uist stayed at the RSPB Balranald site and then went over to Harris and Lewis. We never plan our ferries, done it the day before as we are not good sailors and we like it calm. When over on the islands we went to tourist information for campsites and what to see. We stayed in hotel car park in Tarbet (evening meal) and sailed from there next morning back to Uig. (7 weeks). Go and enjoy. Terry and Shirley.
     

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    We did this last year and loved it. We stayed on Flodder Bay campsite on Harris, a privately owned site, they have a web site. The owner is an ex chef and we had a fantastic seafood meal delivered to the van. Not the cheapest site but worth the trouble for the experience. The site is high up and the owner tells you just how to tackle the short drive up before you do it! ( Don't stop basically)
    We then used a site on Lewis, Eileen Doonan ( I think) from one of the club books ( Cc or CCC can't remember) This was a good over nightstop. Well used but again only 5 pitches.

    As to what to see we looked at all the neolithic sites and also stopped off at a weavers ( you must do this) There are many ancient sites to see, well signposted and a good map will do it.Stone circles and other stops.

    BUT If we had known there are many cheap ( not sure if it is free) beautiful camp stops on Lewis on the Western coast right on the beaches. There were motorhomes overlooking the sea, not many, but proper stops for us to use.
    One was on the beach where the Lewis Chess men were found, at the far end of lewis, a good drive along fair roads, many of the roads are very good as the highlands has lottery money.
    You could fill up with water and it had loos, a shower and a kitchen for use. You paid a small amount at the house at the top. So don't book everything would be my advice, we did and regretted that we didn't know about the beach stops, miles and miles of sand and just a couple of motorhomes and campers. Look on the Lweis web site I am sure it will be on there.
    Hope you enjoy it
    LC
     
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    We wild camped up in the hills of Lewis quite close to Stornaway. Just find one of the many pull ins, dont use passing places. Harris has the most amazing deserted beaches I have seen, so just find a nice place that doesn't cause any inconvenience and park up. I think we stopped at a church on North Uist, as long as you are respectful of the area and use common sense you will be welcomed in the most unusual and unexpected places.
     
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    Thats what we did.
     
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    There are camping spots around the beaches on Harris with donations to the local community trust
     
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    Totally agree with Lindacarole you have got to stay at flodabay campsite. This is where we parked not quite at the top.
     

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    Please take a look at out OuterHebrides album. We had a lovely time. We can't wait to go back. This year we shall have a smaller outfit. We are downsizing to a pvc. We wild camped mostly only using a campsite for 3 nights throughout the holiday. We love out of the way rural locations and this trip was perfect.
    No midges at all and lovely weather, we were so lucky.
    You'll have a lovely time.
    We did the hopscotch 12 reverse. With the ferry tickets. We saw Dolphins otters an eagle. Camped on beaches , sand dunes, and in the middle of nowhere.
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    This was the route we took. Ferry wise. But toured around each island. image.jpg
    Can't remember this one but it's named in the album
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    You can see our Motorhome in the distance in the centre of the pic. Huisinis .
     
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    I went over bridge to Skye, across and round island, up to Tarbert, then to north end of Harris, then all down the Outer Hebrides. I didn't use any campsites, mainly as either they weren't open, or I was too big to fit.

    Stopped at some wonderful spots, and there were many more I could have stopped at. Highly recommended - I was there in May. There were midges but I took some Vit B tablets and Skin so Soft, and although I am HIGHLY allergic to any sort of bites had no problems at all.

    Among the highlights of the tour for me were a trip to Fingal's Cave, a meal and stop over at Polochar Inn with a fabulous sunset, the airplane landing on beach at Barra, the Machair at Berneray, watching the dolphins on the return crossing to Oban - well too many to mention really but the weather had a lot to do with things. When the weather is good everything is beautiful, but when its bad........

    Have a look at www.theworldismylobster.org.uk around May/June time 2014
     
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  12. Polly Put The Kettle On

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    THANK YOU ALL
    I am getting excited
    I have already put some names down so will have to have a few minutes putting them in some kind of order where abouts they are
    Yes this is where the fun begins
    And I have already ordered skin so soft

    Didn't know about the fit B tablets
    But will try

    Will the midges bother the dog. Sorry could be a silly question

    But thanks again
    For taking the time to reply
     
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    we have been 4 times now, love it more each time, but do less planning each time as well

    we swear by Jungle Formula and get the roll on variant, put on us and dogs head, we are all bothered equally by the midges when they appear, but not seen many on Western Isles. They don't come out in rain or winds above 4mph

    Also recommend the route in from Uig on Skye, we went out to Lochmaddy on North Uist, then went down to Barras then back up to Harris coming back to Skye from Tarbert

    Have not been in school holidays but never found it busy, the Flodabay site only has three places but we found it expensive and not worth the effort, but given the costs they must have putting in the road and electrics the price is OK ish think we paid £25 /night

    we used a mixture of sites and off site

    but it is a great place, having said that so is the whole of north west Scotland, infact most of Scotland for that, the only place I would never go back to is John O Groats, but the surrounding are is worth a look, stacks to the east by the lighthouse, Dunnet Head just west the 'real' top of Scotland

    just checking ferry / tunnel prices for April / May, might be going back up here ourselves :)

    you cant fail to enjoy it up there (y)
     
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    The midges got in Phoebe's ears until I gave them a spray with Skin so Soft. That's how I am fairly certain it works. Being so susceptible to bites of any sort I was smothered with the stuff, but never thought about the dog getting bitten. But of course they kept away from me but went straight for her. Once she was sprayed as well she seemed fine. Before that she even bought some into Thebus with her, and even with them inside I didn't get bitten at all. Mind you - I put so much on I set the gas alarm off several times
    :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
     
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    Is it a causeway to Barra or ferry
     
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    Another ferry :)
     
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    For the midgies we use Smidge (made by the people who do the Midge Forecast that @ronidog1 mentioned) - a little dab on your skin & it's as though there's a 12 inch zappy force-field around you. My can lives in my rucksack so that I never forget it in midgie season! It also works for ticks -

    BUT ALSO - don't forget a tick remover and to check regularly for ticks - a rare problem but best avoided.
    http://www.wihb.scot.nhs.uk/news/item/209-how-to-avoid-problems-with-ticks
     
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    What is the ferry to Barra
    Thought there was a causeway .?
     
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