Thursday, 1 August 2019

A Stroll Around The Butt Of Lewis

Good morning, what a beautiful morning it is here on the Isle of Lewis.  The sun is shining and the skies are blue, full of promise for the day to come.  The only disappointment there is no breeze and anywhere else I would be delighted.  But for those that know the Islands and indeed Scotland that can only mean one thing MIDGES.  Yes, they are out in force, biting and attacking everyone and everything in their path.  There are a lot of insects about and both Gerard and I are covered in bites...who knows from what.  We really do need to do some research on these biting creatures.  Locals have told us Avon Skin so Soft deters them but I am yet to be convinced.

Anyway, back to this morning rub in some sunscreen and jump into the car for a short drive up to the Butt of Lewis and the lighthouse.  I have taken you up there many times but today we are going to take a walk in the other direction.  Instead of the front and right, come with me and we will take a stroll to the left. 






There are still some of the gulls nesting, so they certainly make a racket as you approach.  Screeching to one another and warning each other of approaching danger.  We did try to limit any upset and kept well away.  It is a little bit of a climb but it is a gradual slope, so just take your time.





There was a lot of foam around but we couldn't work out from where.  It certainly wasn't the usual foam that evolved from thrashing against the rocks and stacks in the ocean.  There were waves but they certainly were not thrashing as usual but gently lapping against the formations creating a calming, serene and unassuming atmosphere.







A little bit further, so you need some stout shoes but the beauty never ceases to amaze.  The rock formations are a delight and it does encourage you to think about the different layers and colours.  It also makes you wonder who has walked in the steps you are taking before you.






I hope you have worked up an appetite for lunch, boiled ham fresh from the slow cooker with boiled eggs and salad.   The kettle is on for tea...

See you soon.

42 comments:

  1. Thank you for taking me along on your trip. stunning pictures. The layers in the rocks tell the story. Breathtaking beauty.

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  2. It is a beautiful corner of the world you live in - despite the midges!

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  3. Lovely. Midges are the main reason we don’t often holiday in the Scottish countryside:(

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  4. WOW! Just simply gorgeous!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  5. What wonderful photos - such a beautiful spot!

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  6. Midges... You have them. Oh sigh. Luckily, we don't right here. There are more biting flying insects, to the east of us.

    In some cases, we have to use a more potent bug repellent, I think. For our own comfort and safety. It can't be good, to be covered in bites.

    Beautiful day trip again!

    Is there anything on the local news, about the source of that foam?

    ✨💛✨

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  7. love those pictures, beautiful country

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  8. Oh my goodness, what a breathtaking stroll you had. Those photos are gorgeous.

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  9. Wonderful photos. It looks like the perfect day for a stroll.

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  10. A big yes on Avon Skin so Soft... been using it since I was a kid and my aunt sold it. Worked on mosquitoes and other nasty flying things.

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  11. Oh what breathtaking scenery! Scotland and Ireland are on my bucket list and do hope one day to see those beautiful places in person. Thank you for the tour!

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  12. Such a beautiful walk Lorraine. Thank you for taking us along. It's hard to believe, when the waves are so gentle and the scenery is serene, that you have the amazing storms that so often buffet your world.
    I have also heard that skin so soft works well for midges and mosquitoes. We are very lucky here and have neither to speak of. I did use skin so soft in the midwest though where the mosquitoes are as big as birds!!!
    Lunch sounds wonderful and I so wish Dennis and I could join you and Gerard. Maybe someday. I've learned to never say never. :-)
    Blessings always,
    Betsy

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  13. That is absolutely gorgeous! Lucky you to live so close.

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  14. Such a beautiful walk. I did enjoy that.Last time I was in Scotland,I was told bog-myrtle would ward off the midges. I couldn't test it as it was just before the midges appeared.

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  15. Honnestly I prefer your tour to mine in the salt mine ! I love these wild landscaps with rocks and the rolling waves ! it's just too beautiful !

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  16. That was an awesome walk... the rugged shoreline is so beautiful. Too bad about the midges though.

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  17. We would move to the top end of Scotland in a blink if it wasn't for the midge... Tony would be eaten alive.

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  18. Your beauty is worth the walk with the midges! I am not bothered by them, but my husband is. He uses Avon Skin So Soft and it really works for him, so I hope it does for you! I enjoyed the walk and thank you so much for the lovely dinner.

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  19. Love the blue of the sea upon the emerald green grass. How beautiful the world is and a shame most of us will never see this except through your wonderful blog!

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  20. Such lovely pictures!!

    When we visited Scotland a few years back I felt very at home there. The Highlands reminded me so much of northern Canada. As I told my husband not too long ago we need to go back and visit the islands (did not get to see much while there the last time).

    God bless.

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  21. Natural beauty at its very best. Not the dreaded midges though . . .

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  22. The place is beautiful. I can imagine the sound of waves splashing against the rocks. Yes, I would love to join you for lunch!

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  23. You took us on a wonderful walk. It's fascinating to watch the waves crashing on those rugged rocks. You had perfect weather for it and I hope that continues for the weekend. Wishing you a relaxing one.

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  24. Your part of the world is amazing! Such beauty. Thanks for sharing pictures for us to enjoy.

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  25. Beautiful! I hope the weather stays like this for a while. I concur with your friends, Avon Skin So Soft is one of the better midge repellents (if you don't mind the fragrance). I also like to use Smidge.

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  26. the sun was just perfect for your photos! The shadows and the blueness of the water - truly a marvel to behold.

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  27. How beautiful it all looks and what a lovely walk you had:)

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  28. All this and you’re serving lunch, too? ☺️ Midges...hate is not too strong a word. I sometimes use an essential oil to deter them...peppermint or Thieves.

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  29. Wow! What a gorgeous area! I've never heard of this place before and appreciate you sharing it with us. Your photos are amazing. Thank you for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  30. Thank you for taking us along on the seaside jaunt.. seeing the rocks and waves in the ocean brought solace to my heart. I've been working on the service for my sister's funeral tomorrow. A difficult time. ((hugs)), Teresa

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  31. Sorry to read about the midges …

    Your photographs are lovely, what a beautiful area and the weather looks just perfect … hope it continues for the weekend.

    All the best Jan

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  32. what a beautiful coastline, thanks for taking me along.

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  33. Avon-S-S-Soft does seem to work (and a friend even sprays her horses with it!!) What a beautiful piece of coastline. I am glad you have some sunshine finally this summer.

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  34. Sorry I must've missed this post; work's been hectic! What stunning photos! I could just sit there all day and take in that wonderful sea and sky, Best, Jane x

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  35. How lovely. Glad you took us along.
    Amalia
    xo

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  36. شركة المثالية للتنظيف

    شركة المثالية توفر علي ربة المنزل عناء التنظيف، والمواظبة علية بإستمرار، خصوصا وأن ربة المنزل الآن يكون عليها مهام كثيرة شاقة ولا يكون لديها مساحة من الوقت للقيام بمهام التنظيف، وليس فقط التنظيف هي من مهام الشركة بل أن الشركة أيضاً تُقدم مجموعة مُختلفة من الخدمات الأخرى التي تخدم راحة عُملائها، بالإضافة إلي تقديم مُستوي عالي من الكفاءة في تنفيذ الخدمة. خدمات شركة المثالية: ولأن شركة المثالية تقوم علي راحة عُملائها في تقوم بتوفر مجموعة مُختلفة من الخدمات مثل: • تنظيف الستائر. • تنظيف المفروشات. • تنظيف السجاد والموكيت. • تنظيف الكنب. • تنظيف المجالس. • مُكافحة الحشرات. • رش مُبيدات. • تسليك مجاري. حيثُ أن لدينا مجموعة من أكفأ العمُال والأيدي العاملة، بالإضافة إلي اننا يوجد ليدنا أحدث أنواع الأجهزة والماكينات التي تُساعدنا في عملنا، بالإضافة إلي أن المساحيق المُستخدمة في عمليات التنظيف نقوم بإستيرادها من الخارج، وهي مُصرحة من وزارة الصحة ولا ضرر عليها. كما أن شركة المثالية تستقبل تليفونات عُملائها علي المدار اليوم لإستقبال طباتهم وإستفسارتهم بإستمرار. عزيزي العميل نُحاول أن نوفر لك جميع ما تحتاج إلية، علاوة علي ان أسعارنا لا تقبل المُنافسة.

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  37. When you published this gorgeous post I was gratefully camping by a beautiful Pacific beach in northern Oregon. Thanks so much for sharing your walk, and plans for a yummy lunch, Lorraine! I continue to pray for blessings for you and Gerard. xx

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