Dementia Friendly Community in the Hebrides. Toil Inntinn The Will of the Mind is a 2018 bi-lingual publication by Magaidh Smith. Working as Gaelic and Culture Activities co-ordinator on the Arora project, An Lanntair. Part one is a selection of my blogs, describing group activities and incredible conversations. Part two is research, an array of culturally relevant conversations about… memory. Continue reading “Dementia Friendly Community”
St Valery Memories 2018 is 44 page publication with research on Prisoners of War captured in the 51 St Division, at St Valery-en-Caux in 1940. It includes diary accounts by the Prisoners of War from the Isle of Lewis, during their 4 years in captivity. Continue reading “Prisoners of War 51st Division St Valery”
If you were brought up on a croft, in the Hebrides in the 1960s and 70s, the moorland was very much part of your extended landscape. Continue reading “Crofting Life Isle of Lewis Achmore-moorland placenames”
The Psalmboat project is a multi-arts volunteer community project centred on Loch Erisort, Lochs, Isle of Lewis. The Psalmboat community is sharing stories of travel by sea to church services in the past, and in the present we are singing psalms in boats and on land. Continue reading “Psalms in Boats Isle of Lewis Tradfest 2017”
Visit Uig in the Isle of Lewis with Gaelic and Culture guide and native islander Maggie Smith. Maggie has ten years island guiding experience and focuses on history,archaeology, traditions and local products. Continue reading “Uig, Isle of Lewis Tour”
Visit the Isle of Harris with Gaelic and Culture guide with native islander Maggie Smith who has ten years guiding experience. Maggie focuses on history,archaeology, traditions and local products.
Continue reading “Isle of Harris Tour”
Blowing on the Embers
The Oidhche Challain custom of circling, in a sunwise direction, the fire in each home on the evening prior to 12th of January, the Old New Year’s Day, no longer happens regularly in the Isle of Lewis. Continue reading “The Old New Year 12th January The Clavie and Oidhche Calainn”
Crofting Life and gathering sheep in Uig, Isle of Lewis
Preparation for a Lewis Fank Day, now means ensuring that quads and mobile phones are ‘topped’ up. In most areas, gone are the long days of trekking the moor on foot. Continue reading “Crofting life in Isle of Lewis Uig – The Sheep Gathering”
Crofting life in Uig Isle of Lewis involved looking after cattle and towing a bull to an offshore island once a year.
Every crofting family living in the Outer Hebrides, were dependent on their own cow to provide milk, butter and crowdie to supplement the family food supply. Continue reading “Crofting Life in Isle of Lewis Uig -The Bulls”
Magaidh is working as a tour guide in the Hebrides this season (2019), as an independent guide and as part of the Western Isles Tour Guide Association.
Come to the Hebrides for the stunning natural environment, Walk or Cycle the The Hebridean Way, attend the Heb Celtic Festival or Harris Mountain Festival. Join the mammal spotting sea tours, surfing and kayaking tours, visit the dual World Heritage site, St Kilda.
Enjoy the exquisite quality of light, the beaches, the otters, golden eagles and see the places mentioned in Peter May’s Trilogy.
Hear Gaelic one of the world’s oldest languages.
It is a grand place to live agus bidh Ceud Mile Failte Oirbh.