| On leaving the island capital of Stornoway,
today’s tour takes you across the island to the
Black House of Arnol – a fully furnished island
croft (small farm) complete with attached byre and stockyard.
The house has very thick walls and a thatched roof, and
a peat fire burns in the grate and you can see how the
islanders used to live – crofting life as it was
until only 50 years ago.
Journeying on brings you to
the beautiful West coast of the island and to Callanish.
Described as Scotland’s Stonehenge, the Callanish
Standing Stones date from around 3000BC. There are a
total of 32 stones in a circular and avenue design.
It is thought that the site, one of several in the area,
was constructed for astronomical observations. The stones
stand like a petrified forest on the flat top of a peninsula
which reaches out into East Loch Roag. Your exploration
will continue before finally returning to Stornoway
and your ship.