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Facts of the Day:
Date: 21/July/2002
From: Leac a Li (Lacklee), Isle of Harris
Via: Huisinis (Hushinish), Isle of Harris
To: Steornabhagh (Stornoway), Isle of Lewis
Miles: 77
Midges: none that I remember (Estimate)
Weather: Sunny and warm
Mood: Relaxed

Picture of the date written in the sandToday was relaxing at the beach day: In the Western Isles Sabbatarianism is very strong. On Sundays almost everything is closed, only very few places are open. There is also no public transport and no ferries. As of writing this there is a huge discussion about an airline wanting to start scheduled flights on Sundays. According to my guidebook even the swings at playgrounds are padlocked, although I didn't see that anywhere.Picture of the view along West Loch Tarbert I decided to visit North Harris on my way up to the Isle of Lewis, in particular driving out to Huisinis (Hushinish). The B887 from Bunavoneadar along the northern shores of West Loch Tarbert is a winding single track road, occasionally giving you lovely views over the coast as well as over to South Harris and Taransay. The one in the picture on the left is somewhere near Amhuinnsuide Castle (The road leads just past the castle, you have to drive through the castle gates). The further west I drove the better the weather got, when I arrived at the end of the road in Huisinis the sky was almost clear and blue. And I found a beautiful beach with lovely views to South Harris and further. I spent a few hours here, just relaxing, reading, walking on the beach, dozing in the sun. I also took a short walk over to the other side where you have a nice view over to Scarp and Uig. A few impressions below:

Picture of the beach at HuisinisPicture of the view north

Picture of the flowers growing on the dunesPicture of people on the beach

Picture of the view of Loch SeaforthPicture of the Hebridean Guest House in StornowayLate in the afternoon I drove over to Lewis, passing Loch Seaforth on the way. I had a reservation in the Hebridean Guest House in Stornoway. It was quite easy to find as it is on one of the main roads into Stornoway (If you see the CoOp you are almost there). I managed to find something to eat in the County Hotel, most other places were closed as mentioned before.

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