Stornaway

Lewis, Scotland.  Day 7, 5th July.

Stornaway

Stornaway

From St Columba’s Church I came back through Stornaway.  It is the largest town on Lewis and as a huge metropolis of 12,000 people it wasn’t high on my list of places to visit.  However, I did take a few photos on my way through.

Lews Castle

Lews Castle

This is the bonnie wee cottage of a successful drug dealer.  It was built between 1847 and 1857 by Sir James Matheson who had bought the whole island a few years previously using his profits from the Chinese opium trade.  It was closed for renovations when I visited so I didn’t get to go inside.  The blue sign you can just see indicates the renovations are funded from the proceeds of a public lottery.

The original castle in Stornaway was at a different site and it was destroyed by Cromwell. No trace of it remains.

Lews Castle grounds

Lews Castle grounds

I was curious to see Gallows Hill and I wandered around the castle grounds for a while but was unable to find it.  Apart from being a mediæval place of punishment, there is also the remains of a chambered cairn here.  The castle grounds is also the only place on Lewis you will see trees as they were planted here in the nineteenth century.  Lewis was originally forested but the trees were chopped down thousands of years ago, probably contributing to the formation of peat bogs and loss of soil fertility.

Stornaway

Stornaway

And on the way back to the car I took a few more photos across the river of Stornaway town.

Stornaway

Stornaway

Regular readers will have noticed a change in layout a few days ago and a larger one with this post.  Mainly, I wanted to distinguish the photographs from the text more while retaining a simple and elegant layout. I have a few reservations with the result but overall I think it’s a distinct improvement.  What do you think?  Any suggestions or comments?

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9 comments on “Stornaway

  1. I like the fresh new blog theme – I have changed mine several times for a multitude of reasons I cant find the perfect mix between navigability and ease of access for my back catalogue

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    • Murray Foote says:

      Thanks very much Scott. I also decided to purchase the Colours and Fonts add-on because I found it made a big difference in what I could do. Your requirement is a bit different than mine though because you mainly just present the images.

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  2. navery101 says:

    Look great, really like your text, too. Thanks for sharing your photographic journeys.

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  3. leecleland says:

    Thought there was something different but didn’t refer back to see what it was. The grey border is very subtle but classy. Can understand you not hanging around in Stornaway and look forward to the rest of your images from Lewis and Harris.

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  4. […] them away.  After three crofters were arrested, hundreds of crofters from the island marched to Lews Castle and demanded an audience with Sir James Matheson (he of the opium fortune, owner of Lewis).  […]

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  5. raulconde001 says:

    Thanks for liking my posts!

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