After a delicious dinner and a good night sleep in the comfortable, but expensive Hotel Hebrides, we went for a drive along the coast of South Harris. We started with the east coast with many small lochs above a rocky coastline with many little inlets.
Like on most of the roads we drive on, you have to be on your guard all the time as the sheep, and deer in the evening, can suddenly appear from behind a blind summit or a bend. We are beginning to see more and more little lambs as well.
Driving around this beautiful part of the world we are of course tempted again by thoughts of buying a house here and moving up. We saw some beautiful cottages and even a modern broch. Other properties offered a bit more of a challenge.
At the southeast corner of the island there is a small church with some impressive tombs. One of the best preserved medieval tombs in Scotland is the final resting place of Alasdeir MacLeod, the 8th Chief. He had the church built about 1520, using the local Lewisian gneiss rock. Although his effigy does not show it, Alasdeir’s suffered a bad sword wound and acquired the nickname Alasdair Crotach or ‘Humpback.’
On the west coast of Harris we found more wide, white sand beaches and also the Temple Cafe, where we were served some good strong coffee, a brownie and a fruit scone. We even saw a hardy soul brave the cold and gales to go surfing in a wetsuit. In the Hebridean Gallery we supported the local artists by acquiring some jewellery and small cards.