Here are some photos of my epic adventure in summer of 2015. I decided to go to see the Callanish Standing Stones – they are on the Isle of Lewis, which is right up there in Scotland!
I set off up the A1 and passed the Angel of the North – Not my photo, I just ripped it from the google map.
Then I took the A7 or something, which was a nicer route for getting into Scotland.
After that, I was on some motorway and passed the Kelpies!
I didn’t know I was going to see those, they looked fantastic in the glittering light – again, photo is from Google Maps.
My GPS got screwed up and so I had to re-program it on the fly, I had intended to cross the sea to the Isle of Sky over the bridge, but the thing brought me out at Mallaig where there’s a ferry. There was no ferry till the next day, so I was obliged to camp the night.
Next day I crossed to Sky and got to the ferry port for The Isle of Lewis. The place the ferry goes from is called Uig ! Again there was no ferry till the next day, so I camped again at Uig, the guy who ran the camp site was from the town I had just come from! I met a very nice Canadian lady there who ran the cafe, there wasn’t much else there besides the Cafe, and a sea bird stood on a rock fishing outside the window. I thought to myself, that bird is probably the most interesting thing to look at when you live in a place like this – just a moment later, the waitress called out “That bird’s there again!”
Next day I took the ferry, crossed the Isle of Lewis and set up my tent on a beach campsite which I’d spotted online before setting off.
Later that same day I went to visit Callanish, the weather report was better for the day, so I thought it best to go before it changes. As you can see, its all very beautiful and mysterious. There’s a cafe serving good food, I think its nicer to visit than Stonehenge, which is far more busy and not very free or whatever.
Here’s a Scottish couple near where I camped! Also some views and the chess piece replica which is actually right next to the campsite.
On the second day, I went and drove the bike into a bog! I’d misjudged the firmness of the edge of the road and decided to ride onto the grass verge to let someone by, the grass was in fact very wet and the bike immediately sank into it. I was unable to pull it out, but luckily, someone came by with a tow rope and we pulled it out – whew! Here’s a photo of where that happed – I went back later after I’d cleaned the bike off.
Just for something else to do before I set off for home the next day, I went and visited this Iron Age House at Bostadh, everywhere you go in Lewis there are beautiful beaches, this Iron Age house was built on the site which was revealed after a storm in 93.
Look at that beach! And there’s Stornoway, where I caught the ferry back to the mainland. I been hearing about Stornoway for years, its just so far away, I never expected it to be somewhere I’d visit -when they do the weather report for fishing, (ts broadcast every day) Stornoway is one of the areas that always gets a mention.
Oh, there’s a thistle! It took about 14 hours to get back, it rained for about 6 hours, and it was dark, so all you can do is not drive faster than you can see ahead, bit of a nightmare really, cos shadows appear in the road, under street lights and cars coming the other way – still enjoyed it tho, thats when biking becomes a challenge!
Of course I’d love to go and do another trip like that – I’d have visited the Quiraing on the Isle of Skye if I’d been aware of it. A couple of times I was gonna set off for there, but the weather was bad – so waiting for that now . . .