Thursday, 9 August 2018

Getting Away

Here is a house where 'getting-away-from-it-all' applies. It's the former Head Gamekeeper's House at Valamus at the southern, seashore end of the Pairc which is in the south-east corner of the Isle of Lewis. The aerial shot from Scotlands Places shows its proximity to its only access route, the sea.

James Laidlaw lived here during the 1880s, having moved from the relatively urban Lews Castle Home Shootings and the remarkably remote Hamnavay in Uig, Lewis. He then moved on to be an under-stalker in the Reay Forest, Sutherland, before becoming Head Keeper and Factor to its owner, the Duke of Westminster.

Valamus and nearby Mulhagery can be visited via YouTube on a journey with Hebridean Fish 'N' Trips.

Scottish Islands Explorer - there is much to see and visit
Digital Edition: made easy with this access route

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