Tuesday, 22 March 2016
Distances are not often mentioned on island roadsigns. Who needs that sort of information? Does it matter that it is 30 miles to Tarbert or 8 miles to Garynahine? If you live here, that is irrelevant. You just know how long it takes, and what you'll encounter along the way. The masts at Eitsal are your reference point, as is the sea. You'll know the dead tree by Achmore, and the long straight by Loch Ganvich. You can never go far. 80 miles is the longest distance in Lewis and Harris. It's quite cosy, really.