Saturday 1 September 2018

Westside Tour Part 1

The adventures on this magical island continue with a trip to the Westside.   First stop The Sheilling, a summer dwelling that was used to cut the peat in readiness for the long hard Winter.

A stark reminder between what is needed to survive and the huge amount of material things we have today.  

We stopped at the whale bone arch at Bragar to take a look at the amazing bones that form an arch.

The two bones are the lower jaw bones of a blue whale that were removed from a beached whale in 1920.

We continued our tour admiring the stunning views and stopping to let the sheep cross the road.

You can see in the distance at the top of the mound, The Callanish Stones a spectacular view.

It is quite a climb that we all took slowly and savoured the stunning views around us as we walked up the path.

Breathtaking and thought provoking.  So many questions with very few answers.

It really was windy but we didn't let it stop us and then there was a downpour of rain as we were walking back down the hill.  We soon dried out as we sat in the cafe enjoying the wonderful variety of food and drinks on offer.

 The downpour was soon over and on we went with our tour calling in at the Hebridean  Soap Company.  Not only was the smell amazing, it certainly awakened your senses and calmed your spirit as suggested on her website.  The children were naturally inquisitive and were actively encouraged to ask questions.  We really did enjoy the explanations of the process.  We did buy some of the soap but have yet to try it.

Even the building had its own story, I would certainly recommend a visit if your are ever in the area of Breasclete.  We still have a way to go but I thought we could take a break for afternoon tea.

Wishing you all a wonderful and peaceful weekend.  I will try to catch up with you as soon as I can.  As always I do thank you for your support and comments as I continue with my little adventures through life.  

See you soon.


  1. Having visitors gets us to go out and see things we normally wouldn't see.

  2. What a lovely time you are all having. XXXXX

  3. Absolutely stunning MM.
    I'm so glad that you are having such a wonderful time.

  4. Wonderful photos.What a beautiful place.Sharing it with the family is great.Real quality time.

  5. Thank you for taking the time to keep in touch
    with us.
    As always love the photos.
    It is mind blowing how people were able to
    survive with so little.They had no choice really.
    It certainly is a stark reminder for sure.

    Take Care, Best Wishes to you all x

  6. One of my great-grandfathers was involved in the soap making business in Danvers, Massachusetts, well over a hundred years ago. I can imagine I would have enjoyed your recent tour, along with learning more about peat harvesting and the ancient stones, glad you are having a good visit with your family, Lorraine! xx

  7. What a lovely tour of the Westside. The Callanish Stones are amazing. Such an ancient site. I'm sure your family is really enjoying the wonderful places you are taking them on their visit. ♥

  8. You visit the most amazing places.
    Those Callanish Stones look very intriguing.

  9. More questions than answers, for sure. Now, I must do a bit of research to find out more about peat and the Callanish Stones. I am glad to see that all of you were wearing jackets.

  10. Goodness.. you have so many interesting things on your island! The whale bone arch was pretty amazing. Gerard looks like he's doing well, I'm glad to see it. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  11. I'd love to do that trip, there's so much to see and all so beautiful too.

  12. You live in such a beautiful place , That soap looks amazing xxx

  13. The more I see of your island, the more I want to visit. I love the rugged island landscape. x

  14. I bet the boys were impressed with the size of those whale bones. I've tried my hand at soap making and it was fun, but now I buy it from crafters at the farmers market. I love smelling all the bars until I come to the right one for the moment.

  15. Love that your move was such a success for you. We've been downsizing clutter with a plan to move on to an area closer to our daughter that has more of a farming community like yours. I can't wait to make that move.

  16. What a lovely tour. The standing stones are so mysterious, kind of like Stonehenge. I have visited there and found it to be quite eerie. The soapmaking would have been very interesting too. So many learning experiences on your island for both young and old with amazing beauty thrown in for good measure.

  17. I'm glad to know that you've been having a lovely time with family. The grandsons will be taking in the atmosphere and learning a lot as well as enjoying your company and enthusiasm as you take them around your beautiful island near to your home then back to your cosy home for more happy moments.

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  19. I always buy handmade soaps so this store would definitely be on my to go places if I am ever so fortunate to visit this area. The scenery was amazing today as always.