Highland Tour, Day 5

On day 5 we explored the Isle of Lewis, the largest island of the Outer Hebrides.

We started with a visit to the Callanish Standing Stones (in the rain). Placed in a cross pattern with a central stone circle, it is estimated that they were put in place about 5,000 years ago.

We then made our way to Dun Carloway Broch, the best preserved and most visited broch in the outer hebrides.  A broch is an Iron Age structure designed to impress and defend, and were probably the homes of tribal leaders.  They are built with two walls of stone, with a stairway within the walls to the upper floors. This one dated back over 2,000 years!

Next up was Gearrannan Blackhouse Village.  Used until the 1960s, there’s not a hostel, and a few museums showing what life was like here. I got to check out a wearing demo which was just to my liking (with a weaving machine from the 1920s).

But my favourite site on Lewis had to be its Butt.  The Butt of Lewis is the most northerly point on the isle, and absolutely gorgeous with its isolated lighthouse and stunning ocean views.

The day ended back in Stornoway, in preparation for our exploration of Harris in the morning.

 

 

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