Ok we need to find a sleepy spot out of the up and coming storm .. The parking should be SE and ARDROIL beach seems to fit the bill as it face W with some North in it and we can hide from the gale to come ..With our back to the beach ..and battern down .. Didn’t sleep too well but no gale as such ..The Uig area is famous for The Lewis Chessmen found on the edge of this rolling beach .. lovely golden sand looking out to the waves crashing on to the rocks out to sea

The Lewis Chessmen 93 pieces in all are said to be Viking… Made out of Norse Ivory from the teeth of walrus uncovered back in 1800’s in an underground chamber .. most are now in the British museum

The beach wild and wonderful is also written of in The Lewis Trilogy by Peter May where Whistler lived in a Black house and the plane was found in a dried out Loch in the mountains behind the beach ( Bet you wanna read em now)

We walked up to the house owned by the land owner of the parking area which has bunk house style facilities ..showers .. water all very modern £2 per night per person .. get in there .. There’s no one at home so the money goes in the jar on the front door step .. Trust boxes are quite the thing here ..Then off up and up and up again on our wild walk ..me falling into rabbit holes but no damage done

There’s no one else here ..just us ..walking of the beach ..mile on mile of sand ..I’m well wrapped up against Ophelia .. a bit breezy

for me ..but a sunset to die for .


or at least it felt like it .. moon scape terrain ..tiny communities of 3/4 houses …and a road you wouldn’t want to a drive to the end of the peninsula … just wide enough for Hetty with lots of passing place .. usually on the edge of a cliff .. Ouch ! I don’t like it so back to ARDROIL beach to shelter from the incoming storm ..

Road ..what road ..This is it .. see photo

Author: "Travels with Harry Hymer"

Me and Him and Hetty like adventures ..We spend most of our summers sailing Now a little elderly for big boat racing and have turned to Radio Controlled Yachting competing nationally and even internationally ..I have travelled to many countries in my other life BJ (before John)lots of Indian backpacking trips. Panning gold in the Yukon..Pacific island hopping ..Far east and so on ..John won't go to India but I managed to get him to Morocco and Sri Lanka but didn't expect a Tsunami.


  1. What an incredible sunset! Did you have a pinky red sky on Monday, courtesy of Ophelia drawing up air and red sand from the Sahara? Not sure if it reached so far north. I’m envious.

  2. Enjoyed reading your blog and some brilliant photos. We did Scotland 4 years ago and found some amazing places but not sure I remember visiting here. Now on our to do list!

    1. Best ever Joanne … but not for the campsite MH ers.. we can’t find one open for a laundry day so off 2 hours back north to Stonoway to the laundrette .. The Drive said “Done bring many clothes “ so I didn’t .. lol .. phewwwww!!!!

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