Posts tagged ‘Isle of Lewis’

Butt of Lewis Lighthouse

There is a great 6km walk around the Butt of Lewis, the most northerly point in the Outer Hebrides and one of the windiest places in the UK. As well as the dramatic coastal path that often hugs the top of the steep cliffs, the walk also takes in the 37m high red-brick lighthouse built by the famous Stevenson family in 1862:

Butt of Lewis Lighthouse, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Butt of Lewis Lighthouse, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Butt of Lewis Lighthouse, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

© Mark Simms Photography (2017)

Arnol Blackhouse

This “blackhouse” (so called because they had no chimney and therefore the black smoke from the peat fires filled the living quarters) at Arnol on the Isle of Lewis was built in 1885 and inhabited until 1965. It is one of the last remaining examples of a building tradition that dates back to Viking times where people and domestic animals shared the same rectangular structure.

Arnol Blackhouse, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Arnol Blackhouse, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Arnol Blackhouse, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Arnol Blackhouse, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Arnol Blackhouse, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Arnol Blackhouse, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

© Mark Simms Photography (2017)

Callanish

The standing stones at Callanish on the Isle of Lewis are often referred to as Scotland’s Stonehenge. They are undeniably impressive, but there complex design and overall location makes them a bit awkward to photograph. For this reason, personally, I preferred the simplicity of the Ring of Brodgar on the Orkney Isles.

Callanish, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Callanish, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Callanish, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Callanish, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Callanish, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

© Mark Simms Photography (2017)

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