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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you are in the area, why not drop in for a family fun night?
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.
Earlier this month,
London-based travel book company Rough
Guide named the Outer Hebrides as one of the world’s top ten places to
visit in 2016. As the sole British region and one of only three from Europe to
make the list, the Western Isles stands proud amongst some of the most exotic locations
on the planet.
describes the Western Isles as follows:
"During the long summer days, the
isles’ turquoise waters and white sandy beaches appear Caribbean-like,
with top-notch waves for surfers and kiteboarders.
"Inland, castles, archeological
sites, museums and quaint cottages make for perfect stops along the dramatic
walking trails and cycle routes.
"While each island possesses a unique
character, all are spectacular and overlooked."
Rough Guide’s top ten list
1. Alaska, USA
5. Tohoku, Japan
Cape, South Africa
9. Castilla Y
Now that the festive season is a fading memory and we are
into the fourth week of the new year, it is time to turn our attention again to
the multi-award winning HebCelt Festival, which will have its 21st staging
during the period 13th to 16th July 2016.
Already some very attractive acts have been announced for
this year’s event. Scottish rock legends Runrig will be headlining and will
close the event on Saturday, 16th July. Also making a welcome return to the
HebCelt stage is the ever-popular Julie Fowlis, who will be performing
on the night of Friday, 15th July. Julie was one of the first inductees to the
HebCelt Hall of Fame and is an ambassador for the Festival. She last performed
there in 2012.
Another famous Scottish name at this year’s event is the
hugely talented and experienced John McCusker who will be appearing
with his band. John joined the legendary folk outfit, Battlefield Band as a 17
year old and remained with them for 11 years, until 2007. Since 2008, he has
been a member of Mark Knopfler’s band, appearing at many of the world’s great
venues and has shared a stage, and recording studio, with some of the most
illustrious performers of our time.
Also appearing this year is Hayseed Dixie, a band
from the heart of the Appalachian Mountains of East Tennessee in the USA, who
will take to the stage on Thursday, 14th July; the Scottish up-and-coming
girl-band, Fara, who are fast making a big name for themselves on the folk
music scene and Talisk, winners of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award who,
despite only coming together in August 2014, have made a big name for
themselves and have already landed slots at some of Britain’s biggest
festivals, including Cambridge Folk Festival, Celtic Connections and Fairport
Convention’s Cropredy Festival.
We will keep you posted on further additions to the list, as
they are announced. In the meantime,
however, it cannot be over-emphasised that, due to high demand during Festival time, people are advised to organise
accommodation well in advance.
This year's Ness Gala Day will be held at the Ness FC football ground
on Saturday, 27th June 1pm - 5pm. A great day is in store, with
something for everyone, so why not go along and enjoy yourselves.
This year has been designatedYear Of Food And Drink Scotland 2015and will be marked by numerous events throughout the length and breadth of the country, including in the Isle of Lewis and various other parts of the Western Isles. In Ness, Comunn Eachdraidh Nis is hoping to mark the occasion with an event highlighting traditional fare from the North Lewis area. No details of this are available, at this stage, but we will spread the news as soon as more information is released.
Here is an extract from the Visit Scotland website, providing some detail about Year of Food and Drink. For more information, check out their website at www.visitscotland.org
"Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015 is a Scottish Government
initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland and Scotland Food & Drink.
The aim of Year of Food and Drink 2015 is to
spotlight, celebrate and promote Scotland's natural larder and
quality produce to our people and our visitors and in doing so,
further develop Scotland's reputation as a land of food and