Outer Hebrides – Our trip to The Edge (Part 3)

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Sunday 30th June 2013

Sunday on the Islands is a fairly quiet day as the majority of people observe the Sabbath. We knew this before we went so had planned for it to be a day of relaxing, it was also my birthday so relaxing was deserved!!

We got up to yet another spectacular breakfast in the Old School, hard not to indulge fully when everything is so delicious. After breakfast we went for a ‘wee lie down for half an hour’…. About 3 hours later we managed to get up! Guess the fresh air and excitement had finally worn us out.

Very well rested and kitted out in our walking gear we headed out for a good walk. A short drive from Marbhig is the Aline Forest which has a few different lengths of marked paths you can follow, making the most of the trees which are rare on the Islands! The sign at the car parking area gives information on the different walks and types of wildlife you may see, including eagles.  Excited by the prospect we took the path which was marked for an hours walk, thankful for our waterproofs as the rain had now started.

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We kept our eyes peeled the whole time for eagles but guess they were less keen to be out in the rain than we were. It was a lovely walk with good paths and beautiful views from the small rocky beach, which was dotted with awesome lumps of Lewisian Gneiss. On the way back we did spot a few buzzards playing in the hills, but the little buzzards that they are wouldn’t pose for a good photo!

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The drive back took us past the Loch Erisort Inn again, happily open on a Sunday, for dinner. Scallops for me this time, making the most of the super fresh seafood, well it was my birthday! Sam had a lovely Sunday roast which looked good, just not as good as my scallops!

Almost back at the Old School, Sam decides to abandon me and climb up the big rocky ridge that runs alongside the small collection of houses. I wasn’t feeling that adventurous so I went in, lit the fire and looked out of the window in support! A long time later the adventurer returned triumphant, satisfied he had been able to see for miles, befriended some more sheep and even caught a glimpse of the ferry way off on the horizon.

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The fire was going well now so we put some more peat on and opened a nice bottle of red. We were spellbound by the, once again, epic sunset for a good while and got some pretty good photos of the sky looking almost on fire. We later decided to switch on the tv, a novel idea we hadn’t even considered until now! As it happened we turned it on just as Mumford & Sons started their set at Glastonbury… wine, open fire, sun setting, happy. Perfect.

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To be continued…….

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