Western isles

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  1. andy63

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    Just back from a week or so on the outer hebrides and even though there have been plenty of funsters going there and posting I thought I would add my experiences as well.
    Journey started from oban to Castlebay on barra. .. 4 hour plus sailing that cost around £113... that's for a 7m van and driver..
    First night spent on vatersay by the beach...
    Early morning with the locals :)
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    On barra we visited the airport
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    From barra you need to take another ferry to eriskay.. cost was around £20 from memory..
    From eriskay there is a causeway to south uist.
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    From North uist another causeway links to Bernera.
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    And from bernerary you need to catch another ferry to leverburgh on Harris. ..and again the cost was in the region of £20
    Once there overnighted at some beautiful beaches... ie luskentyre and hushinish..
    This picture is of another beach who's name I don't know but it's within a short walk of hushinish... spotted it from the top of a wee hill :)
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    We made it up to the butt of Lewis visiting among other places the calanais stones and dun Carloway broch.
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    The lighthouse on the butt of Lewis. .. you could imagine that been none to hospitable in a winter gale..
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    On the way south for a ferry back from Tarbet to Uig on Skye (a sailing of under two hours and approx cost of £50 ) I had to call in to visit the monument to the iolaire. .. (I'm currently reading the book..''when I heard the bell '' ).. It is one of the worst maratime disasters of our time and devestated the communities of Lewis and Harris. .
    Even the gentleman who I spoke to while visiting was visibly emotional while telling me about the events of that night..
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    My overall impressions are of beautiful beaches and a feeling of peace and quiet.. you can and do feel isolated and away from it all.
    I think if I return it will be to the southern islands.. Once past the mountains of Harris there is plenty to visit but for me the scenery isn't as good...

    Andy. ..
     
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    Nice pics, add some more. :) And thanks to you and Alan for making it a great holiday. I was spoilt rotten I know. :D
     
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    You can add them... you pinched all my good ones :LOL:
     
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    Well I didn't like to mention that...just in case people got the impression you were bone idle..:LOL::LOL:
    Seriously though it was a great trip... my thanks for the invite...
     
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    Hope you have paid your congestion charges in full Andy! Two sheep & a lamb means gridlock for oh at least 10 seconds. :ROFLMAO:
     
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    Wonderful photo's from both forum members, thanks for posting them, brings back a shed load of memories.
     
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    Oh, delightful memories - for you and for me, we did pretty much the same route but without a vehicle, just using public transport and shanks' pony.
    What fantastic pictures you've got, many thanks for sharing :)
     
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    @irnbru See the picture above the one of Blue? My hair looks like that if I try to let it grow long :)
     
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    One or two more.. actually saw nearly an identical picture of this cottage on one of the ferries.
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    And on the way back our resident guide (Sandra ) recommend a boat trip from Dunvegan on sky to see the seals.
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    Having a snooze
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    And one of you two
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    And up at the butt of Lewis.
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    And over to Skye. Brendan with his imposter funster bear :LOL:. SkyeSkyns and our wilding night. 20160620_204817.jpg 20160621_113648.jpg 20160620_184336.jpg
     
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    Good job I know his name isn't Lewis as I can't see Sandra's left hand.;)
     
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    Lovely pics Andy, we're doing the route around the coast, went to Skye for 2 days, currently in Durness and the beach here is stunning, can recommend Sango Sands site, fantastic views from the pitches lining the cliff, the midges love me, not so much 'er indoors though....unfortunately
     
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    I got eaten by the midges in glencoe on way home ..:D
    If you are staying in that area for day or so you could try a trip to Cape wrath if you haven't already done it..
    The boat might have to be booked at this time year ..
    Enjoy the remainder of your trip.
    Andy
     
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    We've just spent three weeks out there enjoying the most wonderful weather, no problem with midges either.
     
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    We went last month and had a wonderful time, no midges either. Love your pictures. We were driving at night on Sky and thought we saw a suitcase on the road ahead it turned out to be a sheep just sitting in the middle of the road. Getting the MH into Skyskins car park was interesting. Did you cross the dunes opposite Barra airport to the other beach? It was stunning and empty?
     
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    No I didn't get to see that...We were trying to make a ferry...
    Did see a well trodden path through the dunes... If I'm ever back I'll have a look..
    What size mh were you in... I expected the singlet rack roads to cause a few more problems but the passing places are mainly fairly generous..
    Did have a chuckle at the baggage reclaim area at the airport..
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    done it all already, but thanks for the great reminders (y)
     
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