Follow in the footsteps of Monty Halls as
he explores the Outer Hebrides.
Western Isles began in summer 2009 and lasted through the winter.
He took on the post of volunteer nature warden and lived in a
restord crofters cottage on the island of North Uist.
In the first
saw Monty arrive on the ferry from Oban, calling at Castlebay before
reaching his disembarkation point at Lochboisdale, South Uist.
settling in to his
new home, he teamed up with James
(Jimmy) MacLetchie, a former nature
ranger who now runs guided tours and walks for individuals and small
groups - call 07543 094 491 or see - www.hebrideanadventures.co.uk
have picked out
the highlights of the episodes and show you some of the ways in
which you can sample the activities.
visit to St Kilda
you will remember for the rest of your life. Most boat trips to St
Kilda leave from the Isle of Lewis or from Harris, so after you've
visited the Uists we can suggest a suitable location for you to stay,
depending on your chosen departure point. It's worth allowing
couple of days - usually Monday and Tuesday - so that if weather
prevents your trip on the first day, it may take place the next.
See Seatrek, Sea
Harris and Kilda Cruises.
Uist Highland Games
Friday 23rd July 2010
at 10.00am. At Balone
Field, Tigharry North Uist. On the west coast of North Uist about 15
minutes drive from the main road junction at Clachan.
Uist Agricultural Show
11th August at
Hosta, North Uist. Aslo on the west coast of North Uist about 15
minutes drive from the main road junction at Clachan.
On a clear
day, you can
see the St Kilda archipelago from the west coast of North Uist.
The recently completed viewpoint is at Clettreval Hill (shown
OS maps as Cleitreabhal)
close to Hosta above.
and fly fishing
hundreds of great fishing spots throughout the Outer Hebrides.
North Uist, call James MacLetchie on 07543 094 491 if you are looking
for fly fishing tuition, a ghillie
or a fishing boat trip. Clachan Stores - 01876
sells licences permits and boat hire vouchers for the North Uist
estate. If you're staying at Langass Lodge ask at reception for
ghillie, Stewart Wiseman at Ardnastruban
of our B+B hosts) is happy to take guests from complete beginner level
for fly-fishing tuition and experience on lochs. Phone 01870
remainder of the Outer Hebrides, fishhebrides.com is a good
stock for his
croft and contacted one of our Hebridean Hopscotch B&B hosts,
Heather at Bonnieview, who provided him with turkeys and young
Gloucester Old Spot pigs to fatten for Christmas.
can usually enjoy Heather's home grown sausages at breakfast, by asking
us to book
Bonnieview on your itinerary.
094 491) leads a number of otter walks on Berneray - (2009 price
£4 per person). Hebridean Hopscotch guests report
weekly otter walk at Langass Lodge, led by Jamie Boyle (RSPB warden)
are excellent - call him on 01876 560287 for more info.
around the Outer Hebrides, take a quiet look at any loch or lochan -
there's always a chance of seeing an otter.
The island of
a specially constructed seal watching area - drive or walk through the
village until you reach the area, on your right. Seals are common
throughout the Western Isles and you'll often see them form the shore
or one of the island ferries.
oil fired central heating, peat use is diminishing, but it's still
popular for many islanders. As you travel around over the
of May to August, you'll see cutting and drying of the peats.
don't know of any organised cutting experiences, but strike up a
conversation and you could find yourself with the opportunity to dig,
seal colonies, a
wealth of birsd and a huge variety of summer flowers, the Monachs are
an excellent place to visit - and not too long a sea journey.
2010 price is £60/adult at www.hebrideanadventures.co.uk.
- you can see more about the trip at http://www.uistboattrips.com/
A simple, free and highly
pleasurable pastime. Monty was seen on Bonnie Prince
beach on Eriskay, the west beach of Berneray and the several beaches
down the west coast of North Uist.
Luskentyre (Harris) has been nominated for best beach in Britain,
together with Traigh Mhor (Barra). Lewis has several
beaches, including those at Tolsta, Uig, Dalmore and Dalbeg.
Centre at Lochmaddy offers a range of watersports http://www.uistoutdoorcentre.co.uk/
the island of Grimsay has a small shop selling freshly caught and
cooked shellfish. This is where you saw Monty collecting
for the banquet. Monty's visit to the fish smokers was at Hebridean
- where a range of shellfish is smoked in addition to salmon and sea
trout. It's close to Clachan village, on the west coast route
around North Uist.
Co-op and other Hebridean shopping
chandlery store for supplies was in fact to the Fishermen's Co-op in
Stornoway - ask any local person for directions. This, like many of
Stornoway's shops, is deceptive from the outside. Of special
interest to holiday makers, will be a vast range of outdoor clothing
brands at very low proces.
Take a stroll
around the town for quality souvenirs and every day needs.
491) can arrange this for you on the North Uist estate. As an
alternative, his 'Call of the Wild' trip allows you to see a stag at
close quarters, without it being in danger from the guns!
charity banquet organised by Monty Halls. Langass Lodge has
offered excellent hospitality to Hebridean Hopscotch guests
recent years. It's a well located base from which to explore
northern islands of the Uists. Find out more by
visiting our detailed page describing the hotel's facilities.