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Celebration of 20th Anniversary Of HebCelt

Distinguished Lewis fiddle player Alasdair White, who is a member of top Scots band, the Battlefield Band, has been commissioned to create an entire suite of new music, titled 'An Iuchar' (The Key) to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the globally-acclaimed Hebridean Celtic Festival.

'An Iuchar' will be an hour-long piece, featuring some 30 tunes and involving a number of highly acclaimed musicians and will be performed on the opening night of the festival arena (16th July). For Alasdair, who first appeared on stage at HebCelt as 13 year-old schoolboy, the scale of this commission has been challenging but also a massive opportunity to demonstrate further examples of his massive and varied musical talent.

Full details are to be found on the Hebridean Celtic Festival Website https://www.hebceltfest.com/

Update On Ferry Service Disruption 20 April - 18 May 2015

Just a matter of days now until the normal car ferry route from Stornoway to Ullapool is resumed, following four weeks of work at Ullapool pier, updating the linkspan. Islanders and visitors, alike, will welcome the resumption of normal services provided by the new Caledonian Macbrayne ferry, MV Loch Seaforth. The temporary car ferry service between Stornoway and Uig, Isle of Skye, provided by its predecessor the MV Isle of Lewis over the past four weeks, has been anything but an unqualified success. Over the past few years, the MV Isle of Lewis has had a poor record on the Stornoway - Ullapool route, and this unreliability, together with a spell of bad weather, has resulted in the cancellation of a number of sailings. These cancellations, along with other factors, such as the longer sea journey and the long tortuous car journey across Skye, has undoubtedly had an adverse effect on the Lewis economy, particularly the tourism sector. Hopefully, we will now be able to look forward to a successful summer season for Cabuzana Bed and Breakfast and all other bed and breakfast establishments throughout the Outer Hebrides.

Weather Watch

The weather hasn't been very kind to us here in the Western Isles, or indeed throughout Scotland, over the Bank Holiday weekend. The car ferry Isle of Lewis has had disruptions to her sailings on the Stornoway - Uig route, because of the weather. It wasn't as bad for foot passengers, however, as the new ferry, Loch Seaforth  seemed to cope better on its passenger only sailings on the Stornoway - Ullapool route. We can only hope that the weather improves soon!

Weather Watch

The Isle of Lewis, in common with many other parts of Scotland, has seen a return to winter weather over the past two days. At this very moment, the whole landscape has turned pure white once again. Not only that, but the temperatures have gone into freefall. Let's hope this is just a blip and that we get back to more seasonal weather very soon.

Holiday Season Gets Under Way

Cabuzana Bed and Breakfast, in common with other such establishments on the Isle of Lewis and throughout the Western Isles, is now experiencing a heavy volume of accommodation enquiries and bookings for the 2015 summer season. The springtime always seems to be popular for cycling holidays, in the Western Isles, and this year is no different. On a journey from Ness to Stornoway you meet countless cyclists, many of whom are covering all of the Western Isles, starting from Barra and journeying all the way to the Butt of Lewis, the northernmost point. We live in hope that, this summer, the weather will be kind to all visitors who wish to share the magic of our beautiful island.

Ferry Service Disruption 20 April - 18 May 2015

All visitors intending to travel by ferry to the Western Isles, and the Isle of Lewis in particular, during the next 3-4 weeks require to keep a close eye on the Calmac website and ensure that they book early for their travel tickets. Due to essential work being carried out to the Ullapool linkspan, all ferry sailings to and from Stornoway will carry foot passengers only throughout the period 20th April to 18th May 2015. A temporary programme of sailings has been arranged, for this period, to cater for vehicular traffic and these will run between Stornoway and Uig, Isle of Skye. As there may be some variations to the times of sailings, it is imperative that travellers closely monitor the situation on a daily basis. It is also worth noting that any foot passengers wishing to travel on the temporary Stornoway - Uig route will need to be aware that the bus timetables may not coincide with ferry sailing times.

Weather Watch

Following a lovely day on Friday, the weather has been very mixed for the last three days and the bad news is that we are in for more rain and strong winds throughout the night and a cloudy day tomorrow. Combined with a very severe wind-chill factor, it is certainly not spring weather! The good news, however, is that things are expected to improve from Wednesday onwards, with less wind, no rain and lots of sunshine. Here's hoping the forecasters have got it right!

More Accolades For HebCelt

Hebridean Celtic Festival has, for an incredible fifth consecutive year, made the top 10 UK Summer Festivals compiled by the influential world music publication Songlines. Once again, it is the only Scottish festival to feature and it places HebCelt alongside such world renowned names as Glastonbury and the Cambridge Folk Festival. This latest honour followed fast on the heels of HebCelt being named Best Event or Festival in the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards, in November 2014.

This year's event will be held in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis from 15-18 July and is expected to attract a multi-national audience of some 15,000, over the four days of the event.

Scottish Island Ferry Free Ticket Giveaway

Have you ever harboured a wish to discover the magic of the beautiful Scottish islands of the Outer Hebrides, Shetland or Orkney? Well, here's your chance! Following the overwhelming success of a similar initiative in 2014, VisitScotland has again teamed up with ferry operators Caledonian Macbrayne (CalMac) and Serco NorthLink Ferries in a campaign to give away 8000 free tickets.

Weekly draws on the 16th, 23rd and 30th of March 2014 will result in 4000 lucky winners each receiving two return, foot passenger, tickets to their selected island destination. Full details can be obtained at http://www.visitscotland.com/win/brilliantislandmoments15/. There's no time to lose, however, so don't delay - act today.

Good luck!

Celtic Connections - 15th January to 1st February 2015

It's that time of year again, time to cast off the winter blues that invariably descend each January in the anti-climax following the celebrations of the festive season. Tonight sees the start of Celtic Connections 2015 which, as always, is guaranteed to lift the gloom, with 300 events involving some 2100 artists during the course of the festival.

This year's event gets underway, tonight, in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall with a celebration of the music of the late, lamented,  Martyn Bennett, who was a real giant of the contemporary music scene. Sadly, Martyn's life was all too brief, tragically cut short by cancer at the early age of 33. This event commemorates the 10th anniversary of his untimely passing.

This opening event promises to be of the highest standard and will set the tone for what will, undoubtedly, be another highly successful festival.
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