View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Tuesday 2 December

Another bright and sunny if rather cold day. The sun is low in the sky at this latitude (58 North), and by Christmas, it will not rise more than a hand's width above the southern horizon at midday. The winter weather is wreaking havoc across Scotland, although the Western Isles appear to be escaping most of it.

On Sunday afternoon, the body of a man (aged late 40s, early 50s) was discovered on the beach at Eoropie, north Lewis. He was dressed for walking, and had a large rucksack with him. Police were unable to identify him as of yesterday. The clifftops in this island are dangerous, and fatalities have occurred in the past as a result of people accidentally straying too close to the edge. The circumstances of this incident are not clear.