Wish-ful Thinking on The Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

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There are so many beautiful places on the Outer Hebrides, but If I could have a holiday home, although we do have one, but its on wheels, this would be the cottage, on the Isle of South Uist.   I love both South and North Uist, lots of people come and never go home, they stay and start a new way of life, but we still had a lot of travelling to do……….

From our visit 2014

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Borve Castle, Isle of Benbecula, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

As we were driving to our next overnight stop on the Isle of Benbecula, in the Outer Hebrides, I had my camera ready for shooting the next old abandoned cottage, which hopefully would come along, when suddenly the biggest pile of rocks came into view.  Unfortunately we couldn’t stop, so I had to take photos on the move, and quickly at that.

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There isn’t a lot left of Borve Castle, but there is enough to fire your imagination, and in the flat landscape it must have looked quite imposing from a distance.  I loved the fact that it was at the bottom of someones garden, fancy being able to say…. I have a castle at the bottom of my garden, you can keep your fairies :)  In fact when we were in Herefordshire on our last holiday, in one of the estate agents windows, there was a house for sale with a castle in the garden………but my other half, totally would not let me make an appointment to see the house, so I could view the castle…..which I thought was a little mean :) But back to this castle.

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The little that I found…….Borve Castle, is a mid 14th century large oblong tower-house with attached ranges, thought to have been built between 1344 and 1363.  The lichened lump of mortared rubble, is the ruin of a massively thick, three-storey structure, with an entrance in the south wall.  A former stronghold of the Macdonalds of Benbecula, Borve was occupied until at least the earlier 17th century. It was surveyed by Rev. Aeneas Macdonald in 1913 , when the south and east walls stood to three storeys and it had “a vaulted chamber in the west wall and another in the north wall”

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 I found something which is quite interesting to me, as we live in an area of England which is reclaimed from the sea, the Castle is built upon a rock which was formerly surrounded by the sea. It now stands in a field of machair, the land having been reclaimed more than a hundred years ago by drainage.
May 2014

A Working Farm, Isle of Benbecula, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

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The Isle of Benbecula……..well I thought I had finished posting about the Island from last years visit, but no, I didn’t even get as far as I had thought.  In fact I had started to post about another Island, when I realised, where is the castle, where is the ancient graveyard and the rest.  So back to the drawing board, and try again tomorrow, but here is a wonderful working farm on the Island.  The house is called a White House, which took over from the ancient Black House Cottages, they were made of concrete in the 1920’s, but most were built with out a damp course.  This meant that they became very damp and unliveable, with lots of people returned to the old cottages to live.  Some did survived and I think this farmhouse is one of them, you see them abandoned all over the Islands.

May 2014

Return to the Outer Hebrides

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Normally at this point in time we are on holiday in Scotland, but this year we are going further afield in about three weeks.  We are flying to the States for our nieces wedding and are really looking forward to seeing our America side of the family, the last time we visited was in 2004, so there might be a few changes……maybe the bride might have grown up just a little :)   To continue our holiday we are driving to Cape Cod and then some Island hopping, which is something we love to do in Scotland.  I am really looking forward to visiting some churches and tombstones on the Islands.

But I thought, as I had not finished last years trip to the Outer Hebrides, I think I only got maybe a quarter of the way up the Islands, maybe I could get half way up this time :)  The above photo is similar to one I posted last year, the view was from the rear of our motorhome the night we arrived on the Isle of Barra, but as I took hundreds, I thought I would use up another one.  So its ‘Return to the Outer Hebrides’ …………

May 2014

A Holy Headache

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I am trying to sort some photos out for posting, and I can across this one that I took when we visited a church on holiday in Herefordshire.  The window ledge in the church was full of odd bits of carvings, but this piece really struck home….. as I am trying to get to grips with my photos and a never ending demanding ploy-tunnel….. whose idea was that, oh dear mine :) I know exactly how she feels, but I love doing both…. so I will get to grips with them :)

Somewhere in Herefordshire April 2015