We crossed from Bernaray to Leverburgh on Harris, which was a zigzagged crossing, passing many small islands.
We had just one night on Harris as we wanted to spend our last weekend of the holiday in Stornoway on Lewis. We stayed at the Old School House in Finsbay which is on the east side of the island (very highly recommended with an evening meal of restaurant quality). This side of the island is moon-like with big stone craters really emphasising that you are in one of the most peaceful, dramatic, remote places you are ever likely to be in. The below picture was the view from our bedroom and we were able to spot otters playing and swimming around.
From the dramatic east we drove round to the world-renowned beaches on the west side of the island. At Scarista and Luskintyre we got a cracking day’s sunshine, the best of the whole holiday and we enjoyed the views, the warm sand and clear water!
From the beaches we did a quick double-back to the Temple Cafe in Northton. This hobbit-like hut had great cake and lunch options, though we just went for the former.
We held off from lunch at the Temple Cafe because I had heard about Croft 36. As well as providing meals, Croft 36 also have a croft shop. We bought curried vegetable pasties (which were still warm from the oven!) to take on our drive up to Stornoway – note that there’s no ferry crossing, despite being one island there are lots of things that distinguish Lewis from Harris (and vice versa!). I love croft shops and if I’m ever in the position where we live some where more rural, would love to open one up selling my own home-baked goods. A girl can dream!
Tomorrow, in our final trip blog you’ll be able to find out about a couple of the excellent meals we had in Stornoway, but for now see some other sights around Lewis that we enjoyed!