Tabert to Molinginish and back

We did this last year as well, but the weather was pretty awful last year. Much better this time around, and we were able to get down to Molinginish as well. The midges were out in full force too….

Molinginish is a settlement which was only abandoned in the 1960ies, and the only way to get there was the path we took from Tarbert, across the Highlands.

On the way there we passed Mount Clisham – this time you could actually see it!

 

Mount Clisham

Well, I wanted a good steep hike up a mountain and I got one…:S glad there was a charity walk at the same time and the mountain rescue was there to assist and light the way, because that was not an easy climb. A climb is was, partly on hands and knees as it was so steep and slippery. Dense fog & mist, strong winds, slippery stones and boggy paths for the entire way, the descend took us as long as the ascend. Never thought I’d say that, but I was glad to be back on boggy ground! Walked all the 5 hours with wet feet, because I managed to slip at the start and fell into a river haha Today I’m sporting a few bruises, scratches on my shins and hands – but no sore legs, surprisingly.

Mount Clisham is a Corbett and 799 metres high, the highest mountain on the Outer Hebrides.

time to ascend to the summit: 1 1/2 hours

total ascend: 650 metres

No view from the top for obvious reasons… will try again when it’s not been raining so much before.

Kneep, Miavaig, Bhaltos & Reef beach/Viking burials, dun

Half-day trip to the Uig area yesterday, 5 hours of round trip starting from Miavaig across the hills to a dun (https://canmore.org.uk/site/4020/lewis-dun-bharabhat), a wheelhouse, along the Reef beach to the Viking burial ground, along the coast to two more beaches and back to Miavaig. We will go there again to properly explore more sites as we couldn’t reach some sites.

Greater Bernera

Trip to Greater Bernera – a small island off the west coast of Lewis, inhabited by about 250 people and accessible via a causeway, which was only built in 1953. The islanders threatened to blow the rocks up on the shores to build a causeway, only after that they finally got their bridge to the mainland.

We went with the bus up to the north end, to Bosta – they found an iron age settlement and rebuilt an iron age house a bit further up. It wasn’t open when we got there, sadly. The island was heavily populated by the Vikings and Picts, and most place names are Viking.

Afterwards we hiked down the coast (it was pretty much raining throughout, but fairly warm) – very wet, very boggy, very stony and with lots of holes in the ground in the bog. Somehow survived… A few ruins and interesting places on the way to Breacleit, the main town in the middle of the island. Then onto the Norse Mill, a reconstructed Mill that had been in use until the 1940s. Spectacular place! This one was hard to reach (a straight line on the map turned out to be a pretty interesting hillside walk). We took shelter in the mill since there is no cafe on the island (the only one at the Community Centre is only open during the week). One of the best places to have a rest, sitting on dry straw, imagining the people bygone milling here. A hundred metres further up, hard to find – only with the help of our Garmin GPS – there is a little stone circle.

Back to Breacleit, then further down the road and off road to Loch Baravat, where we went to see a magnificent galleried Dun. Paul braved the water and walked across the little causeway to the Dun and took some pictures there. Back on dry land he was wringing out his socks and emptying his shoes of water…

Then further down across a very boggy stretch to the south end of the island – Callanish VIII, another stone circle. Waited there for the bus that went from the town across the causeway and got back home at 8pm.

Total pure hiking time: 7 hours.

Photos are wrong way around, again…

 

Tiumpan Head Lighthouse & Point Agricultural Show

Went to Point for the Agricultural Show today and visited the Lighthouse there. I’ve also made a fatless sponge cake with coconut – lemon cream topping/filling for the baking competition, which got second in the fatless sponge category, out of 3 entries😉

We did see some seals in the sea and watched them having fun for a good 20 minutes.

Callanish standing stones, Breascleit, Carloway Black House village & hike along coast

So, yesterday we went up to Breascleit on the west coast of Lewis to stay at a B&B there and explore the area, go down to Callanish to see the stones at night (the day after the summer solstice – luckily we had the stones completely for ourselves at 10/11 pm!). The weather was pretty windy (60mph and loads of rain) – although today it was better.

First we went just up the hills behind the B&B to check out a few chambered tombs, cairns etc, then after dinner we went to Callanish and enjoyed half an hour of no rain and the stones, before heading back at 11pm. Which is super late for me, who’s normally in bed by 9!

Up at 6.30 again to see another chambered tomb just down the road (well, literally just 5 minutes walk away), after breakfast then off to Carloway to look at a Blackhouse village museum – pretty impressive, people lived there until 1974! They only got running water in the 1950ies! Nowadays half the houses are actually a hostel. Then – whilst clambering above the village on the hills I discovered a lovely hiking trek along the coast, so we decided to just hike along there instead of hunting for a standing stone that was nearby too. That’s something for another trip – we keep forgetting that everything is just half an hour busride away, or 1 1/2 hours on the bike.

Then a 1 1/2 hour hike along the coast to Dail Mor – watched some surfers braving the waves, and since we had 2 hours to kill until the next bus was due, we hiked across to Dail Beag. Got a bit lost in the fields and couldn’t find a way out, but even then we were too early and had half an hour to kill until the bus came – pretty knackered by then.

The photos are the wrong way around….