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Just wanted to share some pictures of Ness, taken just over a week ago.

Cross Church

Port Sto, between Eoropie and Butt of Lewis Lighthouse

Rock formations off the Butt of Lewis

Dunes at Eoropie Beach
Posted on Arnish Lighthouse at 12:50


The second photo shows where the supplies for the Eoropie Lighthouse were landed. In among those rocks during WW11 someone used to signal to U boats but no one ever found out who it was - it must have been a local with phenomenal knowledge as no one I know ventures around those rocks and I've fished in every possible spot between there and Port of Ness. Many years ago there was a bochan on Eoropie beach ( the opening of the football club killed it) but there was a famous trial of many of the local drinkers on the mainland. One of the accused was asked by the prosecution barrister why he went there? He replied, For a good drink sir.' 'And what would you call a good drink Mr Gillies?' 'Grant's Standfast sir.' Needless to say the court erupted.

calumannabel from In among those photos

As LadyGlencora (the Pallisers) would have said: kirks, kirks, beaches, beaches .... # Curious though, why are they almost invariably "empty" - not a (living) soul around.

mjc from NM,USA

The aforementioned trial actually took place at Stornoway Sheriff Court back in the late ‘70s, after the local constabulary took exception to some blokes enjoying a quite pint and a game of darts. Nowadays they’d also have confiscated the peat burning stove that was there, as it would’ve contravened Scotland’s recently introduced smoking ban in public places. For a nostalgic look at another Ness bothan – Habost – why not check out:

non smokin joe from Lewis

MJC, I was on a "packed beach" two months ago, with all of 30 folk on Luskentyre Beach. But that's Harris, must be something in the air there...

Arnish Lighthouse from Stornoway

Grant's Standfast is a mere blend! I thought islanders had better taste in whisky than that......... Talisker, Laphroig, Bunnahabhain, Bruichladdich,Bowmore, Ardbeg, Tobermory, Caol Ila, Lagavulin, Jura, Arran, Scapa, HP.......mmmmm ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.................................

Flying Cat from a Tantalus

The emptiness will be due to all the tourists that form such a solid foundation for our economy. Alternatively, it's why we need new developments to stop the dependence on the non-existent tourists.

Murdo W Thompson from Stornoway

I think the golden beaches are generally empty because although it looks tropical it really isn't bikini weather 364 days of the year.

Sunny from Arran

no idea why the beaches are empty though

Sunny from Arran

What happens on the Golden Beaches on the 365th day?

Flying Cat from looking interested

Holy Schmuck, that photo of Cross church shakes me to my Calvinist bones...

Jimmy from Eilean Leodhais

Thanks for the look at home.I live in Ness but have to work away for weeks at a time,great photos of the places i walk my dogs.Once again thanks

Michael from Belfast

Thanks for the look at home.I live in Ness but have to work away for weeks at a time,great photos of the places i walk my dogs.Once again thanks

Michael from Belfast

Mind your yiddish, Jimmy boy!! # Why should the photo melt the marrow of your bones? I don't see any Articles penned on the door ...

mjc from NM,USA

This is one beautiful place to live.

Ishbal from Eilean Leodhais

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