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Things to do on Barra when it's raining [May. 27th, 2015|07:29 pm]
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  • Drive out to the airport: the road - like so many Hebridean roads - is single track with passing places, and it skirts Tràigh Mhòr, the Big Strand, the beach which is also the airport's runway:

    Keeo off the beach...

    and then you can have coffee and a cranberry scone in the airport café.

  • You can read about the tragic story of the Clearances, and what happened to the village of Balnabodach - and then you can try to spot the site as you drive round the road that girdles the island. If the rain eased up, you could maybe stop and see whether you could locate the remains, but it doesn't, so maybe you don't.

  • You could visit Dualchas, the Heritage Centre, and learn many more sad stories about the history of Barra and smaller islands like Mingaulay, and the misdeeds of the landowners - and the odd more cheeful item, like a book of music which once belonged at Eoligarry House, and contains such songs as the Skye Water Kelpie's Lullaby (children, do not listen when the water kelpie sings you a lullaby).

  • After this, you could restore yourself with more coffee! more cake! (I recommend the chocolate and peanut butter brownies) and staring out of the window to see if it's brightening up at all - I think it is...

    Has it stopped raining yet?

    Macroon's Tearoom has only been open three days, and it's quite well hidden, in the Post Office, so we were pleased to have been tipped off about it.

  • And by now perhaps you might risk the boat trip out to Kisimul Castle - it'll be worth it:

    Kisimul Castle

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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2015-05-27 09:16 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry that my wishes are so unsatisfactory - but it's a public post, you are always welcome to link (and I am flattered, though bewildered, that you wish to do so).
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2015-05-29 09:55 pm (UTC)
I thought of you in the post I've just written - you'll know why when you read it!
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[User Picture]From: desperance
2015-05-28 06:04 am (UTC)
Oh, phooey - I want a castle built in the middle of the water!

(Also, you totally need to teach sovay the Skye Water Kelpie Song, I am just sayin.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2015-05-29 09:18 pm (UTC)
I want a castle built in the middle of the water!

Your exiled soul must be yearning for sampness, then - it was very, very damp.

But it has a charming internal courtyard:

Castle courtyard

Also, you totally need to teach sovay the Skye Water Kelpie Song...

durham_rambler found this review of a 1998 recording which makes me think that it may be closer to Victorian parlour song than I am comfortable with, but that if anyone can make it work, my money's on sovay!
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[User Picture]From: gillpolack
2015-05-31 06:04 am (UTC)
I was just thinking that it would be very damp! )Also wondering about how it operates.)
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2015-05-31 10:31 am (UTC)
It is a very, very short boat trip from harbour.

Dr Johnson, travelling in the Western Isles, likewise wondered why the castles were all built on rocks at the edge of the water...
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[User Picture]From: livejournal
2015-05-28 06:13 am (UTC)

Wishful Thinking

User karinmollberg referenced to your post from Wishful Thinking saying: [...] DIY; handbook here&thankyou http://shewhomust.livejournal.com/481174.html [...]
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