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.
Uig is the jewel in the crown with stunning beaches at Riof and Ardroil, dramatic landscape and historical sites.
The beautiful shell sand beach At Camus Uig, Ardroil is where it is thought the 94 pieces which are now the Uig /Lewis Chessmen were discovered c1831.
Six of the Uig chessmen can be seen at the museum at Lews Castle, Stronoway
At Abhainn Dearg distillery, the most northerly distillery, where traditional Hebridean distilling methods are used and all the processes are done on site. This is a very unique experience! Guaranteed this is like no other distillery you will have ever visited! The informative tour guide and distributor of drams is Joni from Mangersta. There is a free sample of the Spirit of Lewis and the amber Abhainn Dearg whisky too, while you are on the distillery tour (£5) . Great value.
There is a worthwhile photo stop above the the sweeping arc of Cliff beach, on the way to Valtos, where the view across to Pabbay gets you every time. Weaver Calum George Buchannan is the only weaver on the Valtos peninsula now. He is pictured here in his loom shed talking about, weaving, crofting and rally driving. And the new Valtos Tweed, designed and produced for the recent Valtos Land Buyout.
Calum George and his dad Shonnie take sheep to the island of Pabbay by boat. They feature in the Ian Lawson book From the Land comes the Cloth and also on Uig Media’s short film Pabbay Sheep 2007
Marvel at several millennia of the area’s heritage at Uig Heritage Centre, Erista and enjoy the mouth watering cakes lovingly prepared by the Uig Bake team. Or head to Marianne’s Lochcroistean Café for more scrumptious Uig cuisine.
Or let the sea adventure begin, on a Seatrek tour. http://www.seatrek.co.uk/