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Marc Calhoun
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Atop Beinn Tangabhal
At just over 1,000 feet, Beinn Tangabhal is the second highest peak on Barra.  Being number two has its advantages. If you climb Number One (Heabhal) in the summer, you will probably have company. For instance, I was sitting atop Heabhal on a fine June day,...
Atop Beinn Tangabhal
Atop Beinn Tangabhal
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Author's Memorials - Part 2
In the April 27, 2018 post I described some of the author memorials I've visited over the years. And at the end I mentioned three graves I'd been unable to find. My wife, who is an avid genealogist, decided to surprise me and try to locate these graves. Her...
Author's Memorials - Part 2
Author's Memorials - Part 2
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Something Amazing
I saw something truly amazing during my visit to Lewis last year. My wife and I were staying in a cottage on Great Bernera, and one day we decided to drive to Stornoway to visit Museum nan Eilean at Lews Castle. The museum was fantastic, and as I was lookin...
Something Amazing
Something Amazing
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Back to Lunga
One of the possible destinations on our upcoming cruise is Lunga of the Treshnish Isles. Lunga is famous for its large puffin colony, and the birds are so used to visitors that they let you sit just feet from their burrows as they go about their business. T...
Back to Lunga
Back to Lunga
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Author's Memorials
Whenever possible I like to find the graves of authors whose books about the islands have influenced me over the years.  Here are six I've been able to locate so far. Two of the graves are in the same cemetery, Cille Barra, at the north end of Barra. The fi...
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Author's Memorials
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2019 Guided Cruise
Since 2016 it has been my privilege to guide an annual 10 day cruise on the ship Hjalmar Bjorge, operated by Northern Light Cruising Company. The itinerary for the 2019 cruise has now been set. Departing Oban on July 10, the primary destination will be Rona...
2019 Guided Cruise
2019 Guided Cruise
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Eilean Mòr of St Charmaig
On our upcoming cruise in June, one of the islands I hope we can land on is tiny Eilean Mòr, which lies a quarter-mile off the coast of Knapdale. For such a small island (a half-mile long, a quarter-mile wide), it has a large history. There are three sites ...
Eilean Mòr of St Charmaig
Eilean Mòr of St Charmaig
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Inchkenneth Chapel
One of the possible destinations on our cruise in June is Inchkenneth. I have only been there once, (see Book 1, Chapter 12 ) and am looking forward to returning. The jewel of the island is the chapel built on the site of St Kenneth's 6th century monastery....
Inchkenneth Chapel
Inchkenneth Chapel
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Lewis/Harris Border
I have walked the Lewis/Harris border. Well, at least I think I've walked the Lewis/Harris border. The border is artificial, to say the least. It's hard to see on the ground, and even harder to see on the Landranger OS map - because it's not shown there at ...
Lewis/Harris Border
Lewis/Harris Border
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Beehive View
I have always wanted to sleep in one of the beehive cells that are to be found in the remoter parts of Lewis and Harris. They are such beautiful structures, structures that had survived for centuries; and sleeping in one would be like going back in time. Im...
Beehive View
Beehive View
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