Friday, 13 October 2017

A Hebridean Holiday Day 5: A Walk on Eriskay. . .

On our last walking day on the Outer Hebrides, it was really windy so our leader cancelled our intended walk up another high mountain and instead, we drove to the tiny island of Eriskay and did a lovely coastal walk.

The water was such a stunning shade of turquoise. That little green covered island you can see below is apparently where the SS Politician of Whisky Galore fame ran aground.

On the eastern side of the island is a lovely coastline full of rocky and mossy inlets.

And of course the water is all around you.

With great views over to Skye.

The largest hill is only about 186 m, but we climbed it for the view.

From the top you can see the causeway that connects Eriskay to South Uist.

And in the other direction you are looking towards Barra.

This is the beach where Bonnie Prince Charlie first came ashore to try and regain the British crown.

I thought it was the perfect place to sit and knit for fifteen minutes.

This beach also has excellent shells - I love the textured pattern on this one.

We then walked back around the western coast, where again the water was full of a multitude of colours and the beaches were full of interesting treasures.

And back near the van was this lovely field of montbretia.

Every part of the Hebrides is different and has its own unique beauty.  It was a stunning place for a walking holiday and these five days were more than enough for me to fall totally in love with the landscape; it's a place I definitely want to return to and there is so much more to explore.  The Outer Hebrides also has its own unique wool and textile history (it is the home of Harris Tweed of course) and though I never expected with this group holiday to get any shopping in at all, fate often has a way of putting wool in front of me, so I definitely did not go home empty-handed.  More on that in my next post.

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