Posted: Monday, 26 December 2005
"We have some of the most stupendous beaches in the United Kingdom, and really," More accurately, some of the best beaches in the world. I've been lucky enough to go to the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and California (surfed off Malibu amongst other things). The beaches in all of these places are nice and pretty - but they don't compare, aesthetically and in terms of the feeling you get, to some of the beaches in the Outer Hebrides. Luskentyre, and others on the west coast of Harris; the beaches of Vatersay; the beaches of north Barra (around the airport); the beaches on the north and west sides of North Uist e.g. Vallay; the west beach of Berneray. I would have to rank these as the best I've come across. Your blog entries are very informative and we are following them closely; they'll be useful in planning our next Lewis trips.
John Kirriemuir from Berneray
The rock on the right of the mouth of the River Dell is called Arnistein. The river was once reasonable for salmon and sea trout until a valve was put in upstream to regulate water supply. The trout from the Galson River are browner and not as strong as the Dell trout. This is because the Dell is gravel bottomed and the Galson peat bottomed and the flow in the Dell stronger which builds the fish up. Many a day I've fished right up the Dell walked across and fished back in the Galson for a haul of thirty plus trout, all caught on flies from Charlie Morrison's ( now Digby Chicks )
calumannabel from Duneuskoch House Adabrock
There used to be sand on Dell Beach - (i.e there was a Dell Beach). I think I've got some snaps somewhere. I'll see if I can find them and scan them. The disappearing sand could serve as a salutary warning to the Heroch who suggested making egg-timers in Harris. (Dell Beach disappeared shortly after Robert's shop in South Dell started selling Mivvi lollies and gloy glue, an era during which a lot of emery boards materialised in Ness along with Avon catalogues.) I also remember swimming in Port of Ness Harbour - queue Jaws music - when a single black fin appeared and a basking shark swam in. Swimmers splashed as fast as possible to the now-rotted iron rungs in the harbour wall. The shark - not a man-eater, but scary nonetheless - became grounded and died. It also stayed there for weeks (near where Anthony Barber's gallery is now) and stank to high heaven. Eeeugh. Definitely not for the sushi. Lovely photos Arnish.
Annie B from Lone Sheiling 17
i know who had the disagreement with the Dalbeg bus shelter.
kirsty from Barvas