Island Washing, Skye, Scotland

Washing drying in the sun, on the Isle of Skye, taken on holiday May 2016.  I see washing hanging out and I have to take a photo…..I’m not sure why, I just like seeing it dancing in the wind, especially if it’s really windy.  Also the cottage reminded me of the ones that we had seen on the Isle of Tiree, last year 2016, with the black stones, which are called ‘Pudding Houses’  or ‘Spotted Houses’

I also found another example, where you can see the stone work more clearly.  This cottage was a little further away from the first cottage, the first cottage didn’t have bay windows, but otherwise it’s quite similar. 

May 2017

A Stroll A Round Luss, Loch Lomond, Scotland


Many years ago we visited the village of Luss on the shores of Loch Lomond, Scotland, but then it was a little run down and not really a great tourist attraction.  But how things have changed, from our visit in May 2916, we found that there is now a huge carpark outside of the village, we had just parked on the road in the village on our previous visit.  The village shop has now become very trendy and sells specialised gifts.  I think that all the cottages have been restored and the place has become picture postcard perfect.  Which is not a bad thing, but I have lived in a picture post card village and its not all its cracked up to be, its like living in a goldfish bowel, but you do have it mostly to yourselves in winter, so there is a perk to living somewhere perfect.

You can catch a boat to some of the lovely islands on the loch, but we really only had time to explore the church and the ‘Viking Hogback Stone’ which was my last post, the church will be the next.  We were on our way to catch a ferry to Isley and then on to Jura for the Whisky Festival, but we did have time to take a wander around the village, which is really lovely.  The photo of the information board gives you a little history of the village and hopefully the photos will do the rest.


All round the village the hills in May were covered in bluebells, thousands of them.













Blackhouses of Tiree – Scotland


The other buildings on the Isle of Tiree, off the west coast of Scotland, are ‘blackhouse’ or ‘whitehouse’ cottages, these can be found on most of the Scottish islands. They do differ slightly on each island, but basically are the same.  On Tiree, two thick walls are filled in between with sand, which is different to other islands.  There are a dozen thatched cottages left on the island, as well as many that have been restored, but without their thatch, there will be a separate post on those.  I did find some that were for sale which are in need of restoration, but with some remnants of thatch, so have added them to this post.  The ‘blackhouse’ were to house men and beast, with no opening for the fire, therefore the name blackhouse.  Later the animals moved and chimneys were installed, hence the name whitehouse.  These photos were taken in May 2016.

Old & Renovated Homes, Isle of Lismore, Scotland

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Continuing with our trip to the Isle of Lismore, Scotland, May 2015.  I like to try and make a record of some of the dwellings, old & renovated, on each island we visit (most are taken from the car window….husband drives, so I can shot).  Its surprising how each island differs, there are crofter cottages on Lismore and in the 19th century lime was quarried, which mean we also find quarriers cottages, a lot have been renovated to holiday cottages.  Like all the islands, there are a great many direlict cottages, this could be due to the clearances or people have just left the island for work on the mainland and never returned.







At the heritage centre you can visit the below cottage that they have restored to its former glory…… it was a bit late in the day when we stopped to get a coffee, and the cottage door was closed, but maybe next time we visit.  I was lucky and found a cottage not to far away that had been restored to a holiday cottage, it looks very similar to the one at the heritage centre.



The next photo is of the cottage I found.


There are other types of buildings which I have also included.








May 2016


Port Ramsay, Isle of Lismore, Scotland


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In May 2016, we took our little car that we tow on the back of our motorhome, across to the Isle of Lismore on the west coast of Scotland, situtated close to Oban. As we only had three hours to spend exploring, we drove from one end to the other, stopping at various points along the way. I have already posted about ancient tomb slabs, the parish church and Achadun Castle, so now its the turn of a village…Port Ramsay is a small village to the north of the Island. It was built to house the workers of the limestone industry in the area. The lime was processed in lime kilns and then used for agriculture and in mortar for buildings.











Restored – Isle of North Uist, Scotland


This is really just to show you that not all the cottages are ruins on the Outer Hebrides, in this case a ‘Blackhouse’  has been restored on the Isle of North Uist.  It would have not have been painted when built and the roof would have been thatched, animals living in one end and the fireplace in the centre of the cottage, with the smoke come out of a hole in the roof.  Then later some became ‘Whitehouses’, painted white and chimneys built at each end of the building.  This cottage has been converted to modern day living, we saw quite a few which have been saved, maybe not as modern as this one……but I do like my creature comforts, so this would do me nicely 🙂

May 2014

Rack Island, Bibury, The Cotswolds


It never ceases to amaze me how beautiful the UK is……. four beautiful countries to explore, all so different from each other.  We were in the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire and stopped at Bibury to have a look at a garden centre that I noticed.  Once parked, I realised how beautiful the river was and then I saw the wonderful row of cottages.  We did visit the garden centre and there are a couple of photos of a garden, which I think belonged to a nearby hotel.  We did not however…… visit the cottages, as the number of tourists were over whelming, but we will revisit, although we will arrive early morning and explore at our leisure…. one day.

A little history….. Rack Isle is an ancient water meadow, an important wildlife refuge and one of the most picturesque spots in the Cotswolds. Set beside the old weavers’ cottages of Arlington Row, it takes its name from the wooden racks on which finished cloth was dried. Old Tythe maps show that the meadow was also used for grazing. The Isle was given to the National Trust in 1956, and is now a rare habitat for water voles and a protected wildfowl breeding ground.