Yesterday, I jumped on the 12 noon postbus to the district of Uig in the west of Lewis. An hour later, I alighted at the hamlet of Ungeshader on the shores of Loch Roag and headed west into the hills below Suainebhal [pronounce Swainyeval]. After reaching some old shielings (summer meadows), I went west over the pass below the mass of Suainebhal and turned north to make my way between the hill and Loch Suainebhat. That was a wee bit tricky in places, with some scrambling over rocks - and with a 100 foot drop down to the water below. The biggest challenge was the angle of the ground, a full 45 degrees. Once past that little difficulty, I quickly gained a little road which took me back to the shop at Timsgarry. To my surprise, the 4.45 bus came past at 5.35, allowing me a rapid transit back to Stornoway, a journey of 35 miles.
Postbus disappearing along the road at Ungeshader, past Loch Croistean
Fording Loch Croistean
Loch Pheillear Beag
Gearraidh Thodail (shielings)
View from below Suainebhal
Forty-five degree angled terrain between Suainebhal and Loch Suainebhat
Loch Suainebhat from the north