Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Hamnavay in 20 minutes

It's now ten days since the Islands Book Trust trip to Hamnavay and Ardveg, to the south of Uig, Isle of Lewis. Marc Calhoun, now back in Seattle, has put together an account and images of the outing to way out settlements. The Lodge (above) looks lost in the landscape, while the old house at Ardveg (below) was the destination for the visitors.

However, in the same village a new house was built in 1934 and it was a special destination for Ina Macdonald (below in the black coat) - for she was born there. Although it is an arduous walk from Hamnavay, she recalled the routes (there is no well-used track now) because after she left school as a pupil she became, for a brief time, the side-school teacher at the Lodge. When asked how long her walk to work took her, she replied - "Well, actually I ran all the way ... in 20 minutes."

Scottish Islands Explorer - relishes the thought of running

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