On an Uig tour today, this area really is the jewel in the crown. We were at Camus Uig, Ardroil where the Uig /Lewis Chessmen were discovered c1831 and discovered this wandering minstrel storyteller.
Next stop on the Uig tour was 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! Today our informative tour guide and distributor of drams was 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.
Then a 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 welcomed the American visitors into his loom shed to 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
Some like to tune into the natural Hebridean environment at the incredible machair beaches at Reef and Ardroil and they may even be lucky to find the wandering minstrel story teller in the picture.
Other visitors 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. After another few hours on the beach we headed to Marianne’s Lochcroistean café for more scrumptious Uig cuisine. Another fabulous day in paradise.
Tomorrow morning Let the sea adventure begin, on a Seatrek tour. http://www.seatrek.co.uk/