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|Posted on January 21, 2019 at 11:03 AM||comments (115)|
Despite the cloudy conditions, those hardy Lewis souls who got up in the middle of the night were able to catch fleeting glimpses of the "super blood wolf moon", during brief breaks in the clouds.
The red-coloured "blood moon" occurs when planet Earth is positioned directly between the sun and the moon, thereby casting a shadow that obscures the moon and briefly brings about a full eclipse. Small amounts of light manage to leak around the shadow and are sufficient to make the moon visible in an eerie red hue. The term "wolf moon" is, traditionally, used for January's full moon and so, on this occasion, the two combined.
Emma Rennie, of Callanish, captured a lovely shot of the moon emerging from Earth's shadow and another one of the full moon, under a layer of cloud, positioned above the Callanish Stones.
Photos by Emma Rennie
|Posted on January 15, 2019 at 3:21 PM||comments (3171)|
The Loganair Embraer 145 Jet made its first scheduled flight from Glasgow to Stornoway yesterday, carrying twenty-three passengers and four crew.
The 49-seater cuts 18 minutes off the journey and will operate on the afternoon and evening flights for the next next two weeks and, after that, will be utilised on all flights between the two airports. It will also operate on the Glasgow to Benbecula route at weekends.
This is a significant improvement in air travel for the Western Isles, both from the point of view of a faster service and increased capacity and will be of great benefit to both visitors and islanders alike.
|Posted on March 7, 2017 at 10:34 AM||comments (11)|
Nicola Sturgeon had a busy schedule yesterday on her first visit to Lewis in her capacity as First Minister of Scotand. One of her main tasks was to officially open the new £19.5 million Lews Castle Museum and Archive, in Stornoway.
The new Museum nan Eilean building forms part of the massive restoration project involving the iconic Lews Castle, originally built in the middle of the nineteenth century for Sir James Matheson, who had used some of his wealth from the Chinese opium trade to purchase the island of Lewis. The development will also involve a hotel, which will be fully operational in the near future.
These new facilities are expected to prove a massive draw for visitors to the island, not least because of the Museum nan Eilean's partnership with the British Museum, which enables them to have six pieces from the world-famous Lewis Chessmen displayed as a centrepiece in the main gallery. These facinating chess figures were discovered on Uig Beach, on the west coast of Lewis in 1830.
|Posted on May 13, 2015 at 10:08 AM||comments (20)|
Just a matter of days now until the normal car ferry route from Stornoway to Ullapool is resumed, following four weeks of work at Ullapool pier, updating the linkspan. Islanders and visitors, alike, will welcome the resumption of normal services provided by the new Caledonian Macbrayne ferry, MV Loch Seaforth. The temporary car ferry service between Stornoway and Uig, Isle of Skye, provided by its predecessor the MV Isle of Lewis over the past four weeks, has been anything but an unqualified success. Over the past few years, the MV Isle of Lewis has had a poor record on the Stornoway - Ullapool route, and this unreliability, together with a spell of bad weather, has resulted in the cancellation of a number of sailings. These cancellations, along with other factors, such as the longer sea journey and the long tortuous car journey across Skye, has undoubtedly had an adverse effect on the Lewis economy, particularly the tourism sector. Hopefully, we will now be able to look forward to a successful summer season for Cabuzana Bed and Breakfast and all other bed and breakfast establishments throughout the Outer Hebrides.
|Posted on April 22, 2015 at 9:22 AM||comments (12)|
Cabuzana Bed and Breakfast, in common with other such establishments on the Isle of Lewis and throughout the Western Isles, is now experiencing a heavy volume of accommodation enquiries and bookings for the 2015 summer season. The springtime always seems to be popular for cycling holidays, in the Western Isles, and this year is no different. On a journey from Ness to Stornoway you meet countless cyclists, many of whom are covering all of the Western Isles, starting from Barra and journeying all the way to the Butt of Lewis, the northernmost point. We live in hope that, this summer, the weather will be kind to all visitors who wish to share the magic of our beautiful island.
|Posted on April 22, 2015 at 8:47 AM||comments (22)|
All visitors intending to travel by ferry to the Western Isles, and the Isle of Lewis in particular, during the next 3-4 weeks require to keep a close eye on the Calmac website and ensure that they book early for their travel tickets. Due to essential work being carried out to the Ullapool linkspan, all ferry sailings to and from Stornoway will carry foot passengers only throughout the period 20th April to 18th May 2015. A temporary programme of sailings has been arranged, for this period, to cater for vehicular traffic and these will run between Stornoway and Uig, Isle of Skye. As there may be some variations to the times of sailings, it is imperative that travellers closely monitor the situation on a daily basis. It is also worth noting that any foot passengers wishing to travel on the temporary Stornoway - Uig route will need to be aware that the bus timetables may not coincide with ferry sailing times.
|Posted on April 6, 2015 at 10:25 AM||comments (14)|
Hebridean Celtic Festival has, for an incredible fifth consecutive year, made the top 10 UK Summer Festivals compiled by the influential world music publication Songlines. Once again, it is the only Scottish festival to feature and it places HebCelt alongside such world renowned names as Glastonbury and the Cambridge Folk Festival. This latest honour followed fast on the heels of HebCelt being named Best Event or Festival in the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards, in November 2014.
This year's event will be held in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis from 15-18 July and is expected to attract a multi-national audience of some 15,000, over the four days of the event.
|Posted on March 6, 2015 at 6:51 PM||comments (18)|
Have you ever harboured a wish to discover the magic of the beautiful Scottish islands of the Outer Hebrides, Shetland or Orkney? Well, here's your chance! Following the overwhelming success of a similar initiative in 2014, VisitScotland has again teamed up with ferry operators Caledonian Macbrayne (CalMac) and Serco NorthLink Ferries in a campaign to give away 8000 free tickets.
Weekly draws on the 16th, 23rd and 30th of March 2014 will result in 4000 lucky winners each receiving two return, foot passenger, tickets to their selected island destination. Full details can be obtained at http://www.visitscotland.com/win/brilliantislandmoments15/. There's no time to lose, however, so don't delay - act today.
|Posted on March 17, 2014 at 8:45 AM||comments (10)|
It has recently been announced that the new Stornoway ferry, MV Loch Seaforth, currently under constuction in a German shipyard will take over the Stornoway - Ullapool ferry route on 8th September 2014. The new ship is larger than the MV Isle of Lewis, which it will replace, with a capacity for 140 cars compared with the 120 that the MV Isle of Lewis can accommodate. Initially, the MV Loch Seaforth will follow the existing winter timetable but it is to be hoped that there will be extra sailings in the summer of 2015. That timetable is currently the subject of considerable debate involving the operators, Calmac, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, politicians, the Ferry Users Group and the Outer Hebrides Tourism Industry Association (OHTIA). Details of existing sailings on all their routes can be obtained on the Calmac website www.calmac.co.uk
|Posted on February 28, 2014 at 2:31 PM||comments (17)|
To celebrate Homecoming Scotland 2014, 8000 free ferry tickets are being given away for Scottish Island destinations such as the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland. VisitScotland, Caledonian MacBrayne and Serco Northlink Ferries have come together in partnership for the free ferry ticket scheme, to encourage people to travel to the Scottish Islands and experience, for themselves, their great natural beauty and many other attractions.
The ticket giveaway will take place through weekly ballots during the month of March. Entries open tomorrow, Saturday, 1st March, and can be made through www.visitscotland.com/brilliantislands. What a wonderful opportunity to win a free trip to the beautiful Outer Hebrides!