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Hebridean Adventure

Postby grannyM » 21 Aug 2017 09:07

Thanks for the photographic tour of your walks Dave & Fred. Safe journey home now. :D
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Postby Jimmy the One » 21 Aug 2017 11:42

Thanks Dave & Fred enjoyed following your travels :thumbup: :D
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Postby tomvet » 21 Aug 2017 14:26

Always the sign of a great holiday, when you are planning the next one!!!
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Postby Gillzajoker » 21 Aug 2017 15:05

Really enjoyed sharing your holilday with you and look forward to the next! :D
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Postby Dave » 22 Aug 2017 14:07

Thanks for the kind words everyone. :)

Yesterday's 500 mile drive home was quite exhausting and it didn't help that we were a bit blasé about the route. The plan was simply to head for Glasgow then follow signs for 'The SOUTH', which we sort of assumed would be the reverse of the northwards journey (which was mostly on the A1(M)). Unfortunately we ended up heading for Manchester on the M6 before we realised our mistake and just managed to turn off in time and head for Leeds where we joined the much nicer A1(M)! :oops:
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Postby Dave » 26 Aug 2017 16:58

Having posted this fairly comprehensive 'travelogue' as well as individual reviews for the two main accommodations, Corrodale Cottage and Eagle Bay Cottage, I think a review of the holiday might be superfluous. However, for the sake of completeness, I'll add some final thoughts... ;)

But first, some facts and figures: We were away for 18 days: 13 days were spent walking, 3 days involved ferry crossings and driving in Scotland, and 2 days were spent on the very long drives north and south. We clocked up about 2000 miles in the car and recorded about 130 miles of walking, making an average of 10 miles per day.

Although we loved the 'designer' cottage overlooking a loch on Lewis, we thought that Lewis as a whole was less wonderful than Harris or the Uist islands. The reason was that on Lewis we felt as though we could be on mainland Scotland. Harris though was breathtakingly spectacular, with its massive lunar-like hills - we arrived from Uist at Leverburgh on the extreme southern end of Harris and drove to Stornoway on Lewis (we had a few hours to kill before heading for the cottage), and the entire time we were in awe of the scenery. However, the Uist islands were very much our favourite part of the Western Isles, because the whole area felt more remote, more empty, and much more alien - it was like stepping back in time. The (very few) roads wind their way around countless lochs and lochans and across numerous causeways, but there are mountains too and the most incredible beaches we'd ever seen.

We've been doing cruises during the summer since 2004 and we've loved them all, but this holiday topped the lot. Since we got back a week ago we've been browsing for next summer's holiday and we're about to book something very similar... :D
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Postby Dave » 26 Aug 2017 23:50

...and now we have! :D

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Postby Gillzajoker » 27 Aug 2017 09:55

You certainly don't let the grass grow under your feet.............but definitely over your roof! :lol:
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