Here are some photos from various points in the three days I stayed on Scalpay. (See the map of the area here.) As I wrote on St. Patrick’s Day, there are more cattle on Harris than there used to be in the past. The Highland Cattle are beautiful, and like the sheep, they aren’t fenced in, so you have to be aware when driving. There were several near Urgha, between Scalpay and Tarbert:
Two of them had calves, who stayed near their mothers:
I went to church at the Church of Scotland in Tarbert, where you will find some trees, and also lovely daffodils:
Hailstones from passing showers lay unmelted in the shade by the path:
There’s a beautiful view out towards the Minch from next to the church. This is where the ferry comes in:
This one is quite far from Tarbert, but I liked this sign in the ferry terminal in Stornoway: “Is e Freasdal Dhè ar dìleab” / “God’s providence is our inheritance”:
The sign was above a display of local crafts, including Harris Tweed. I wondered if the saying is meant to refer to how the people of these islands have made the very most of their natural resources? Returning to Tarbert, the new distillery is taking shape down by the pier! This initiative will be employing local people and of course using the wonderfully peaty water of the highlands.
I think the architecture makes it look like a church – is that just me? Of course, it will be closed on the Sabbath (for my thoughts on Sunday in Harris see here).
On Monday, I had a chance to stop for a coffee in First Fruits tearoom in Tarbert:
We’ve been coming to this place for years and although the ownership has changed over time, the atmosphere hasn’t. It’s a good place to knit and write postcards.
One evening I drove across to the west side of the island, through the village of Luskentyre:
It was very cold and windy, and I waited for the showers to pass before walking down towards the beach.
It was so very cold, and the oncoming showers were so dark, that this was as far as I got! I made it back to the car just as the icy rain came down. It was still great to have been there.