The Machair

Running down the Atlantic side of the islands is one of the jewels of the Hebrides… the Machair (Mahair). Lying between the unfertile moorland and the sea, it’s like a Scottish Garden of Eden. Over centuries, the winds have blown shell-sand up onto the islands, balancing out the acid of the peat. But the machair … [read more]

Dùn Chàrlabhaigh

Dun Carloway Broch (Dùn Chàrlabhaigh) is entered by a single low heavily-defended doorway with a guard chamber to one side. There are two further chambers at ground level within the massive thickness of the walls, and a stone-built staircase which rises between the inner and outer walls, giving access to the upper levels. Limited excavation … [read more]

Calanais Standing Stones

The Calanais Standing Stones consist of a stone circle of thirteen stones with a monolith near the middle.  Five rows of standing stones connect to this circle.  Two long rows of stones running almost parallel to each other from the stone circle to the north-northeast form a kind of avenue. In addition, there are shorter … [read more]