Scotland autumn 2016, ruins and stones

The Carloway area of western Lewis is very rich in archaeological remains. Not far from the blackhouses of Gearrannan is the Dun Carloway Broch. Originating in the Iron Age this circular ruined structure has one low door leading into the interior where there are three lower chambers and a stone staircase to the upper levels, The lower chambers have been excavated to a degree and Iron Age pottery and quern stones have been found. The broch stands sentinel on a hill overlooking the surrounding countryside. 

Close to the broch is Lewis's most famous landmark, the Callanish stones. We arrived there in mid afternoon when the shadows were beginning to lengthen. I was to return later in the holiday when, on a photographic workshop, it was a sunset jaunt.

Our stop for the night was to be on a campsite at Kneep, further south than Callanish but still on the western side of the island. We arrived at this isolated spot to get the full Hebridean beach experience as the sun went down and we saw the colours that are so associated with the area.


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