This small crofting area contains some of the highlights of the Isle of Lewis and can be found on the west coast of the island. Here are some of my photographs featuring three points of interest, all of which are just off the A858.
Gearrannan Blackhouse Village
The 9 houses at Gearrannan were the last blockhouses to be inhabited in the Outer Hebrides. Now they are holiday accommodation, with self catering and a bunkhouse. On site there is a cafe, gift shop and museum. They are very popular for visitors to Lewis, especially as they are located so close to the other points of interest mentioned in this blog.
We stayed in one for 3 nights and found it very comfortable. As you can see from the photographs they are beautiful houses, with an excellent location next to a beach and cliff walk. If you’re staying at one you’ll need to lock you door, or be prepared for passing visitors to come in thinking that the house is part of the museum!
There is an elevated point that allows an excellent view of the village and its beach. Pictures like these are used often by Visit Scotland in their promotion of Lewis and the Outer Hebrides. The weather was a bit rough when we took the cliff walk that starts at the village, so no photographs, but I do recommend the walk if you’re visiting. Just follow the wooden markers, wear boots though as it is a bit boggy in places.
I should really have timed my visit to Callanish Standing Stones for sunrise, or sunset. As it was we were too busy making use of the dry spells to visit the beautiful beaches nearby. This formation of stones is said to date back to around 3400 years BC.
Like Callanish Standing Stones and Gearrannan Blackhouse Village, Dail Mor is signed from the A858. At the end of a short road you can park next to a cemetery and take the short walk to yet another splendid Hebridean beach. There are some good vantage points to take in the beach and surrounding cliffs.
Harris & Lewis
A photographers dream, Lewis and Harris have many fine beaches and dramatic coastline to explore. Whilst Harris and Lewis are joined they have their own unique style of landscapes. Locals will judge a beach to be busy if there are 10 or more people on it! So often you have a clear view allowing you to photograph the strong landscapes from different angles.