Lewis

Trip Start May 14, 2013
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Trip End Jun 24, 2013


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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

This island is very nice. Lewis is more rolling hills, and Harris is a big hunk of rock. Very mountainous with a lot of exposed rock. This islands landscape is almost alien, esp in comparison to Aus. It's SO changeable. It can be flat and barren and then around the corner is a loch and a mountain. The roads are all kinds of windy, and when Joe is hammering along and going around the corners in the wrong side of the road and stuff is falling out of racks etc lol .... Well it keeps you awake :p

Today we went to the Callandish Standing Stones. I had been looking forward to them. They are older than Stone Henge and you can touch them!! The view around the stones was to die for. I can only image how it looked a thousand years ago. With nothing to see but the landscape and maybe their homes in the distance.

It was a good archeo day for me today, as we headed to a Broch afterwards!! I think I was the only person who cared or knew what one was .... But we all had fun climbing on it for a group photo (that is what I live the most, how you can touch and climb and enjoy these things .... Because they are so removed from the tourist traps, you still can). How they are made is incredible, and what a testament to their construction that they are still here. You think any of our junk buildings will still be here in a thousand years? I would say not!

Then on to the black houses (a recreated village). They are called this as they would go black inside from the peat smoke. It was ok. A guy in here was crafting the tweed thread. That was pretty awesome to watch. Looked a lot like how Grandma Clarke used to make .... Er ... Woollen stuff maybe ... I bought a cute little Harris Tweed purse for £14. Saw it later in an Edinburgh Woollen Mill shop on the mainland (ie chain tourist crap shops) for £25! And the guy probably made the tweed on the machine I saw! I was talking to the lovey girl in the shop and she was talking about what it's like living there .... And she mentioned her parents were related ........ ���� .... Jeebus! Way to over share! I think they were like ... Second cousins.

Then up to the Butt of Lewis, which is the northern most part of Lewis. Lighthouse up there and some awesome cliffs. But very windy and cold! Headed to a close beach for a picnic lunch. There was a sign on a kids playground saying to respect the Sabbat ... Meaning no kids playing on Sundays. It's a bit crazy, BUT ... It's the way they do things and If they are happy .... Who cares!

Some people wanted to do kayaking back at the Callandish Standing Stones (on the lake clearly, not on the stones). So we all said we didn't mind, so headed back. It was actually really nice. It was a sunny day, so Jeff, Renee, Holly and I just all went and laid in the grass in the sun overlooking the lake and lazed and laughed. It was great.

We headed back to Stornoway after about 1.5 hrs. We had Mexican for dinner made by the gals so that was good, the boys all wanted to watch State of Origin (mind you there was only one NSW person and I was the only Qlder, and I LOVE football lol) ... There was a lot of SA people but anyways, we watched some on YouTube ... But I got bored and went back to the b&b.

A day of variety all in all!
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