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    • Day 120

      Von Butt of Lewis nach Uig

      September 14, 2022 in Scotland ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      Die Temperatur sank heute Nacht auf 11 Grad und wir konnten den Mond und viele Sterne bewundern.
      Wir folgten der Küstenstraße gen Süden; besuchten einen Nachbau eines „Schutzhauses für Schafhirten“ (nur etwas größer als unser LT), sahen im vorbei fahren einen Torbogen aus 2 Walknochen durch den wir locker mit dem Bus durch passten und „begriffen“ die Steine von 2 Steinkreisen. Das Wolkenspiel verstärkte die Mystik, die diese uralten Riten und Geschichten hervor ruft. Man kann in diesen Momenten verstehen wieso die Wikinger an Odin und andere Götter glaubten. Wobei die Steinkreise aus der Vorwikingerzeit stammten. Es wäre schon interessant, wenn durch „ Hand-auflegen“ man eine Zeitreise in die Vergangenheit, wie in den Science-fiction, machen könnte; ich befürchte nur, dass es sehr blutrünstige Zeiten waren. Was genau und wofür diese Steine aufgestellt wurden, ist jedoch bis heute reine Spekulation. Und ehrlich gesagt, manchmal sieht man auf den Feldern die sogenannten „scratching Stones“, die für Kühe und Schafe aufgestellt wurden, damit diese ihre Flöhe besser loswurden, die sehen auch nicht anders aus…
      Heute Mittag hat es gehagelt! Es wird Zeit, dass wir den Weg in den Süden einschlagen; die Fähre aufs Festland ist für Sonntag 8:45 gebucht!
      Natürlich wollen wir noch Teile der Westküste weiter erkunden. Die Sandbuchten, die wir auf unserem Weg immer wieder entdecken, laden bei höheren Temperaturen zum Verweilen ein. Zur Zeit haben wir jedoch 10 Grad mit sinkender Tendenz!
      Und bei zusätzlichem Wind ( „stramme Brise“) fühlt sich das noch kälter an.
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    • Day 77

      The Guinness Record Butt

      July 17 in Scotland ⋅ 🌬 13 °C

      This location is really pure drama. The sea has worked here like a sculptor and shaped the landscape fabulously.
      Mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records as the windiest place in the UK. The Butt of Lewis has cliffs up to 80 feet high and is the location of a 121 ft high lighthouse.Read more

    • Day 11

      Butt of Lewis

      August 17, 2022 in Scotland ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      Doch nun geht es los - wir beginnen die Erkundung der Insel vom Norden her - Der letzte Außenposten im Norden der Insel ist der Leuchtturm….
      Was für eine Aussicht 👍 der Blick auf den Leuchtturm, den Atlantik und die schroffen von vielen Seevögeln bewohnten Felsen ist einfach atemberaubend * dann folgt ein Imbiss am nördlichsten Punkt der Insel direkt am Atlantik - wowRead more

    • Day 77

      Good morning

      July 17 in Scotland ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

      Frühmorgens in den Dünen und das Rauschen des Nordatlantiks = ❤️

    • Day 77

      Sand Dunes

      July 17 in Scotland ⋅ 🌬 12 °C

      Not only that Eoropie Beach is an endless sandy beach. It has sand dunes so high, it reminded me of my trip to Wahiba Sands Desert in Oman. Just incredible.

    • Day 77

      White Shells

      July 17 in Scotland ⋅ 🌬 13 °C

      This white shell beach, Port Stoth (pronounced Stow) with an old port and a lone brick building on top of the cliffs is one of my favourite spots so far in Lewis. I love the minimalism feel.

    • Day 6

      Eoropie Beach - white sand heaven

      July 21, 2022 in Scotland ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

      On my way to the lighthouse and not far from it, I spotted some reasonably large sand dunes off to the left and what caught my eye was the bright white sand. I continued to the Butt then made sure that on my return I would visit to take a closer look. It was worth it too, because the white sand beach I found today was whiter and brighter than those I visited yesterday. This footprint, then, is simply of one white sand beach, nothing more and nothing less.

      The first photo is my first view of the beach at the end of the path from the small parking area, then as you walk onto the beach proper it is amazing. Once again, it was virtually empty, the sand so beautifully white and edged by turquoise sea more reminiscent of the Caribbean than an island off the coast of Scotland. To be honest, I'm not sure Caribbean beaches are so empty of people.

      My visit here was brief because I'd spent way longer at the lighthouse cliffs than I intended and I had to be in Stornoway for an important appointment for around 5.30pm … and I was already going to be late.

      It's weird though, because I panicked for a moment thinking I'd messed up big time as I needed to return to the camp site to get changed - there was no way there was time for that so I'd be terribly late. This simply wasn't true of course given that my entire existence was parked up not far away, so all that was needed was for me to change my attire in the van to be ready for the evening out.

      In no time I was driving to Stornoway to realise one of the reasons for being here.
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    • Day 6

      Top of the Island Surprises

      July 21, 2022 in Scotland ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      I was a little disappointed to open my curtain and see a grey and dull day as it would have been lovely to see at least some blue sky to start the day and it got worse too, because as I was eating my breakfast it started to rain. It wasn't heavy and would be a nuisance if it stuck around, but then it stopped and that was it for the day.

      The plan was to visit the most northerly point of the island which is about 40 minutes drive from where I'm staying. The Butt of Lewis hosts a brick lighthouse built in 1862 and according to the Guinness Book of Records this is the windiest spot in the UK. The lighthouse keepers were sent packing in 1998, presumably by the winds of change.

      It was a pleasant drive with a single track road just for the last bit, which leads me to comment of how good the roads are generally here. Whist on Lewis I can't recall seeing a single pothole and there are no speed cameras either., with speed limits through the settlements a pleasant 40mph which is very civilised Generally, there's not an awful lot of traffic here and hat make driving a rather relaxing affair. An added bonus is that away from Stornoway, the street lights are turned off late at night which reduces light pollution and saves money and is something I believe should be standard practice across the UK. Anyway, back to the Butt of the island.

      I spent ages here and loved it. Firstly and given its reputation, there was only a light breeze, being bright and almost sunny. Now add to that some spectacular cliffs, beautifully clear water with white foaming waves as they crashed against the base of those massive structures and you really do have something worth coming to see. Upon arrival I had a wander to check out what there was to attract my attention but I was soon itching to get my camera. Where do you start though - the lighthouse itself, the cliffs, the birds flying around and those nesting on the cliffs or the small flowers clinging to the rocks on the cliff edge? Answer: all of them of course and that is why I spend ages here.

      I haven't yet had chance to review what I took so they may be hopeless. I'm optimistic for the small Sea Thrift cliff edge flowers and some nesting birds which I am pretty sure were Great Cormorants. My photos of those are unlikely to make the grade however, because bird photography is about as far away from what I do as you can get, though that's not as far away as dogs and cats it has to be said. I got completely lost in the moment here and have no idea where the time went but I did get chance to capture photos for you to see here.

      I dread to think what this place would be like on a mid-winter stormy day given that to the west the next stop is Canada and to the north it's vaguely the Faroe Islands then the Arctic pack ice then the North Pole. The thought is enough to curl the hairs on your sporran.
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