View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Wednesday 3 April

The northeasterly wind, which has been plaguing us for weeks now, has subsided to a force 3, making the 7C on the thermometer feel almost springlike. Went out for a long walk this afternoon, by taking the bus to Achmore, 11 miles (18 km) by road and walking back along the Pentland Road, 9½ miles (15 km). The walk took me 3¼ hours. The first half was along the road, the second half led along a track to the access road to the Pentland Road windfarm, on the foothills of the Barvas Hills. I have been driven up and down the Pentland Road to Achmore many a time, but even when you tootle along at 35 mph, you don't have the time to take many proper pics. I therefore took a total of about 85 this afternoon.

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Monday 1 April

Went for an 80-mile drive round the island, through Barvas, Carloway, Callanish, Linshader and Great Bernera. Great Bernera was in mourning following the drowning of a local diver at Croir, near Bosta. Called into Dalbeg, Gearrannan, Callanish, Linshader and Tobson. Had lunch at Gearrannan Blackhouse Village and a cuppa & cake at Callanish. I had never been into Linshader, which lies off the main road into Uig (the B8011), so it was nice to have that opportunity to see the Callanish Stones from a completely different angle. Linshader is only a few hundred yards west of the Stones as the crow flies. It was a gorgeously sunny day, but not warm. Met a friend at Gearrannan that I last met a week ago - after being out of touch for 18 months.

Loch Roisneabhat trout fishery, 6 miles north of Stornoway on the Barvas Road

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Barvas Moor

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Roadsign at Barvas (left); Brue (right)

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Great Bernera

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Along the Pentland Road

Saturday 31 March

Wildfires continue to plague the Highlands and Islands, including Lewis. Went out, being driven around, first of all to the Lewis War Memorial, then to North Tolsta. A few miles north of Tolsta, a large wildfire has destroyed an area of moorland to the north of Garry Beach, leaving blackened hillsides.

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Lewis War Memorial

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Wildfire as seen from North Tolsta
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Blackened hillsides near Garry

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At the Bridge to Nowhere

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Sandblow at Garry

Traigh Mhor, Tolsta

Sandblow at Gress - it had to be shoveled off the road a week ago