I am lucky enough to live in a beautiful part of the world, namely the Scottish Hebrides. It’s the kind of place you’re desperate to leave as a teenager but learn to appreciate as an adult. At least that’s how it was for me anyway!
The Hebrides are everything they are described to be in tourist adverts – rugged, remote and beautiful. They can also be an extremely trying place to live, mostly because of the weather! The wind is one of the most distinguishing features as it never really seems to go away for very long. As I write I’m looking out on blue skies and sunshine, the sheep are ambling around the croft across the road and the daffodils are in full bloom. From here it looks like a perfect April day but step outside and it’s a slightly different story! The wind chill today means the temperature is only about 6 degrees according to the met office. Having just walked my dog I think it’s more like minus 6!!
The rain is another frequent feature here but of course this is the UK so you wouldn’t expect much else would you!? Sometimes it’s as if we have our own weather system up here though. Very often if the rest of the country has good weather our weather is rubbish and vice versa! Weird!
I’ve just realised what a very British post this is, rambling on about the weather!
Enough About the Weather!
There is far more to where I live than just the weather of course. The Hebrides are well known for their beautiful beaches especially. A few years ago a photograph of a beach in the Uists was pinched by the Thai authorities and used to promote their beaches! The cheek!
There are also plenty of hills which are easy for any intrepid day-tripper to tackle. If hills aren’t your thing, there is any number of scenic walks, not that I make the most of them, shame on me! And for the less active there are plenty of sites of historical interest, some with very handy visitor centres (and cafes!) on site. On Lewis we have the beautiful Lews Castle which has been recently renovated and currently houses a museum and cafe. The views over Stornoway from the castle are stunning and I can’t help but imagine Lady Matheson, the wife of the first owner, strolling through the corridors and looking out over the town back in the 1800s!
One of the main draws of the Hebrides has to be the big skies and the light. As a remote and rural area we have spectacular sunrises and sunsets in any season and if you’re lucky you might even glimpse the Northern Lights. It is incredibly peaceful to see the Sun’s rays falling on the moor between showers or to watch the sunset on a perfectly still Summer’s evening.
There are so many more things I can say about the Hebrides but I’ll save them for future posts. Suffice to say, in my opinion it is a fabulous place both to live and to visit!