Time for a rest
Trip Start Oct 15, 2013
20Trip End Dec 13, 2013
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The village has a population of around 6000 which is roughly 2/3's of the Isle itself, so it's a small place. The locals on a whole are friendly, the older generation though can be a little standoffish and reluctant to even say hiya. In Stornoway itself, there is the Lews Castle which was built in the 1840's by Sir James Matheson who worked tirelessly to transform the lot of the local crofters and fisherman. The grounds are extensive with miles of walking tracks which I've explored over the last two days. It's interesting that local authorities have recently started a campaign to promote natural fauna in the grounds which have been invaded by rhododendrons
I had planned to hike the Coastal Walk along the north west coast but the weather has been pretty bad. The local tourist board advised against it too which at the time I thought was rubbish, however, after walking back out into the street and being blown sideways by the southwesterly in the sheltered street of the village, agreed that walking along the northern cliffs probably wouldn't be a great idea. There's is a lot to see on the Isle though and hiring a car would be the way to go as the bus service, whilst extensive is irregular leaving you at a spot for over an hour at a site where 15 minutes would suffice.
The hotel has been great and I've explored it's extensive list of whiskey, the food in the restaurant is delicious as well, with fresh produce from the Isle. Being off season has meant I've been quite lonely in the restaurant, however I've been lucky enough to get the big chair by the fire each night. Quite luxurious really!
Back to Edinburgh tomorrow, where I spent 2 days before heading North. I will fill you all in on my Edinburgh experience tomorrow, it's a great city with a rich history and great pubs!
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