Daily Archives: August 10, 2019


France & Vincent


Given that we had never really expected to get there,

once on the Isle of Lewis,

we became quite blase about our arrival,

and stopped for a kip and a snack,

in a passing point, on the way into Calanais.


Normally, we would have headed

break-neck for the site.


Everything about this trip has been,

and continues to be, unusual…


The monument is named for the area,

Calanais, and the area is named in Scots Gaelic,

which to my mind, at least, sounds and looks very similar to Old Irish.


Also, given that we never really expected to get here,

Wen has done some research,

And there are now eighteen known sites of archaeological

interest at Calanais, at least four of which are stone circles.


Four stone circles!


That is not a bad return when only expecting one…

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Dreaming Stones: Wild beauty

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

Our first job on disembarking was to look for an air pump for the ever-deflating tyre that had caused us so much trouble that morning. Granted, it looked fine, but as the pump we had used was dodgy and the gauge even dodgier, I really wanted to check the pressure to be safe.

No luck in Tarbert, the tiny ferry port. Fuel we would be okay for, at least for a while. The drive to Callanish was only about forty miles and we would not be far from Stornaway, where well over half the twenty thousand residents of the island live… there was bound to be somewhere to fill up.

So off we went, taking the A859 northwards, from the Isle of Harris to the Isle of Lewis… which, oddly, are both the same landmass. They are not even divided at the obvious isthmus near Tarbert, where only the narrowest…

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