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Super Blood Wolf Moon Visible In Lewis

Posted on January 21, 2019 at 11:03 AM Comments comments (13849)
Despite the cloudy conditions, those hardy Lewis souls who got up in the middle of the night were able to catch fleeting glimpses of the "super blood wolf moon", during brief breaks in the clouds.

The red-coloured "blood moon" occurs when planet Earth is positioned directly between the sun and the moon, thereby casting a shadow that obscures the moon and briefly brings about a full eclipse. Small amounts of light manage to leak around the shadow and are sufficient to make the moon visible in an eerie red hue. The term "wolf moon" is, traditionally, used for January's full moon and so, on this occasion, the two combined.

Emma Rennie, of Callanish, captured a lovely shot of the moon emerging from Earth's shadow and another one of the full moon, under a layer of cloud, positioned above the Callanish Stones.

Photos by Emma Rennie

Weather Watch

Posted on January 16, 2019 at 1:19 PM Comments comments (2544)
Parts of Lewis woke up to its first snow and ice of the winter this morning, catching the Roads Department by surprise. It was Stornoway and surrounding areas that took the brunt of it. A two vehicle accident closed the A859 Stornoway to Tarbert road, near Luirbost, for a period. There are reports of a further two accidents, involving two vehicles and one vehicle, respectively. Fortunately, there does not appear to have been any casualties.

Air traffic was also hit and, although early morning flights were not greatly affected, a subsequent drop in temperature resulted in Stornoway Airport having to close for a period. Following its re-opening several flights were disrupted and at least one flight, from Stornoway to Edinburgh, was cancelled.

The Ness area, true to form, did not experience any snow or ice - just continuous, torrential rain that would have had Noah scampering for his toolbox.

HebCelt 2019

Posted on January 15, 2019 at 4:28 PM Comments comments (2369)
This year's Hebridean Celtic Festival will be held from 17th - 19th July but already the organisers are busy behind the scenes. The first three acts to take part at the 2019 event were announced last month and these are Tide Lines, Talisk and FARA.

Tide Lines, who will be appearing for the third consecutive year, have built up a massive following since launching in 2016 and will, on this occasion, take to the stage on the Thursday night.

The multi-award-winning folk band Talisk, who formed five years ago, are also making a return to the HebCelt, fresh from their award of a Belhaven Bursary for Innovation in Scottish Music, at the recent Scottish Trad Music Awards.

FARA, consisting of four highly talented young Orcadian musicians, have made a big name for themselves on the Scottish folk scene and have recently been on a tour of the UK.

More acts are expected to be announced in the very near future.

First Loganair Jet Lands In Stornoway

Posted on January 15, 2019 at 3:21 PM Comments comments (11793)
The Loganair Embraer 145 Jet made its first scheduled flight from Glasgow to Stornoway yesterday, carrying twenty-three passengers and four crew.

The 49-seater cuts 18 minutes off the journey and will operate on the afternoon and evening flights for the next next two weeks and, after that, will be utilised on all flights between the two airports. It will also operate on the Glasgow to Benbecula route at weekends.

This is a significant improvement in air travel for the Western Isles, both from the point of view of a faster service and increased capacity and will be of great benefit to both visitors and islanders alike.

Last Chances To Visit Archaelogical Dig At Habost Machair

Posted on June 29, 2017 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (1458)
To mark the Year of Heritage, History and Archaeology, Comunn Eachdraidh Nis will be carrying out excavation work on the Iron Age souterrain, ‘Càrnan a’ Ghrodhair’ between the 19th - 30th June. Carnan a’ Ghrodhair is a well preserved souterrain which lies beneath a World War 2 look-out post. The WW2 structure was constructed in the early 1940s.

The souterrain which is situated close to the cemetery on Habost machair is well-known within the community of Ness and many recall visiting the site as youngsters, during school breaks in the 1950s.
The archaeologist leading the dig will be Dr Chris Barrowman. Chris lives in Eorodale with his wife Rachel and family. He directed the Ness Archaeological Landscape Survey, and works as a Heritage Management Field Officer for Historic Environment Scotland. The Ness Archaeological Landscape Survey (NALS) was undertaken as part of the Dùn Èistean Archaeology Project, and recorded over 1500 sites dating from the early Neolithic to just after WW2.

Visitors are welcome to visit the site during excavation. This project will provide many opportunities for volunteering and suit people of all ages and abilities. The archaeological dig will encourage a ‘hands on’ approach, giving participants an opportunity to develop new skills and learn more about their local environment The long-term aim of the project is to improve the conservation of the structure and, if possible, enable access to the public at certain times of year. The machair area surrounding the souterrain is particularly interesting, boasting several historic landmarks within a one mile radius. Throughout the archaeological dig, guided walks in both Gaelic and English will be offered to visitors and a guide to the Habost machair will be published by CEN. It will be available to buy in the CEN shop and other local outlets.

If you want to find out more please contact us at CEN. E-mail [email protected] or Telephone 01851810377.

This project is part-financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community Outer Hebrides Leader 2014-2020 programme.

Guided Tour Of Ness "The Blackhouse" Locations

Posted on March 22, 2017 at 11:28 AM Comments comments (5337)
Good news for fans of Peter May's crime novel, "The Blackhouse"! The Guided Tour of Ness locations featured in the best-selling novel will run, courtesy of Sporsnis, at 2pm every Tuesday throughout the months of April to October. The guided tour comes highly recommended by Peter May himself, who took part in the very first one, in September 2016, and it will undoubtedly prove popular with the many visitors to the Western Isles who have read The Lewis Trilogy.

First Minister Visits The Isle Of Lewis

Posted on March 7, 2017 at 10:34 AM Comments comments (1302)
Nicola Sturgeon had a busy schedule yesterday on her first visit to Lewis in her capacity as First Minister of Scotand. One of her main tasks was to officially open the new £19.5 million Lews Castle Museum and Archive, in Stornoway.

The new Museum nan Eilean building forms part of the massive restoration project involving the iconic Lews Castle, originally built in the middle of the nineteenth century for Sir James Matheson, who had used some of his wealth from the Chinese opium trade to purchase the island of Lewis. The development will also involve a hotel, which will be fully operational in the near future.

These new facilities are expected to prove a massive draw for visitors to the island, not least because of the Museum nan Eilean's partnership with the British Museum, which enables them to have six pieces from the world-famous Lewis Chessmen displayed as a centrepiece in the main gallery. These facinating chess figures were discovered on Uig Beach, on the west coast of Lewis in 1830.

Hebridean Way Cycling Route

Posted on January 6, 2017 at 12:41 PM Comments comments (1858)
As accommodation enquiries for the oncoming visitor season begin to flow, it is becoming more and more evident that the Outer Hebrides will be welcoming unprecedented numbers of cyclists in 2017.

Numbers increased last year, since the launch of the Hebridean Way Cycling Route, in March, but it is now obvious that this new challenge has caused a major buzz within the cycling fraternity and more and more people are lining up to try it out for themselves. The route stretches for some 185 miles through the stunning scenery of 10 islands running the full length of the Western Isles, from Vatersay in the south to the Butt of Lewis in the north.
A similar challenge should soon be available for walkers, as the Hebridean Way Walking Route is scheduled for launching within the next few months. Details of the Hebridean Way can be obtained at and .

Here, at Cabuzana Bed and Breakfast, we are ideally situated to offer a comfortable bed, in a friendly environment, to those leg-weary travellers when they reach the end of their epic journey.

Family BBQ At Taigh Dhonnchaidh

Posted on August 1, 2016 at 8:39 AM Comments comments (2002)
If you are in the area, why not drop in for a family fun night?

CalMac Culture Music Winner Announced

Posted on April 18, 2016 at 8:46 AM Comments comments (2378)
Twenty-two year old singer songwriter Bella Gaffney, from Bradford in Yorkshire, will be appearing on the HebCelt 2016 stage, after being announced as winner of the CalMac Culture Music contest, run by ferry company Caledonian MacBrayne. Bella was one of nine finalists who performed two acoustic tracks in front of judges and a live audience at the prestigious Glasgow nightspot, King Tut's.

The CalMac Culture Music contest is an annual event and is aimed at discovering talented young singers and musicians. A mark of its success, in this respect, is that the winners of last year's contest, Bella and the Bear, whose success earned them a slot in HebCelt 2015, are lined up for a quick return for this year's event.