Sunday, May 12, 2013

Day Nine, 24 April 2013

Gaelic is still spoken by the locals in the Hebridean islands.  We visit Scalpay Linen on croft #37 on the Isle of Scalpay. John Finlay Ferguson's anscestors settled here after they left St. Kilda. 

The Isle of Lewis is not a separate island from Harris, just divided by a river and in earlier days, owned by a different landowner and had a different form of governance than Harris.  We visit a blackhouse village, a broch, and a stone circle.

The public toilet in Scalpay village is useful an in a very scenic location
John Finlay at morning feeding time his flock

Sheila Roderick weaves linen and experiments with fabrics containing their Hebridean wool on a Hattersly loom. Fabric Sheila wove can be seen in some costuming from the recent  The Hobbit movie.

Sheila's linen fabrics

A peat fire burning in one of the blackhouses at Gearrann village

Gearrannan was inhabited until the 1970's.  Now restored, the village has a museum, cafe, youth hostel, and self-catering cottages.

Sharolene between the double layered walls of Dun Carloway broch

Dun Carloway Broch dates back to the Iron Age

Resident archeologist Margaret Curtis has studied the stone circles on Lewis for 40 years

Margaret points out many details on the stones and about the alignment of the stones at Callenish

Callenish Stone Circe

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