Hebridean Hop 15: South Uist (2)

Saturday 11th August 2018

Lochboisdale Post Office

Every day, as we drove in and out of Lochboisdale, we could see the lipstick-pink roof of the post-office which doubles as the local café. Our guidebook recommended the coffee, so we decided to try it out. It was indeed good, but as we’d just had breakfast we couldn’t face trying the delectable looking baking.

We had two walks in mind, the first being the peninsula of Rubha Aird a’ Mhuile. We parked at St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church which we explored before setting off.

The walk took us past the remains of an Iron Age broch and a Viking settlement but, honestly, the photographs just look like stones in the grass so I’ll skip them! The trig point marks the most westerly point of South Uist.

I found the second walk more interesting, at Howmore (Tobha Mòr). Again, we parked at a church, this time Church of Scotland – the one Catholics were cleared off the land to build, as we had read in the museum a few days before. It’s also one of the few remaining churches in Scotland with a central communion table.

From here, we walked out along the beach and back along the machair. Stunning. Again.

On our return to Howmore, we explored its ancient chapels – no less than four of them, the oldest probably dating from around 1200. The site, next to the thatched youth hostel, is also a graveyard. I love the way nature is reclaiming the stones.

The day had a final surprise for us. The view from our hotel, which I’ve featured a couple of times, was transformed with another island clearly visible which we could not see before. I’m told this is Rùm.

Just one more day on South Uist. So far, it had been cold but reasonable dry. Would our luck hold?

53 thoughts on “Hebridean Hop 15: South Uist (2)

  1. the eternal traveller October 25, 2018 / 21:03

    Your last photo is quite magical, Anabel. Rum looks as if it is floating on the horizon. It must be quite a distance away. Shame you didn’t feel like sampling the baked goodies at the post office/café. I would have been tempted to take some away for later, but I suppose there were more cafés later in the day. 🙂


    • Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter October 25, 2018 / 21:27

      We really should have taken something away as cafes are few and far between. And too cold for picnics. I think we ate something sitting in the car in the church carpark after the first walk, but I can’t remember what. Very glamorous! Rùm just seemed to have dropped out of the sky, it was wonderful.

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  2. hilarymb October 25, 2018 / 17:11

    Hi Anabel – it looks colder for your travels ‘today’ …but loved the photos and the newsy bits. The communal communion table is something I’d never heard of either. While seeing Rum materialise must have been a surprise – it looks quite near and large. It’s wonderful how nature does reclaim things and yet brings life … love the ice-cream pink post office … though perhaps lipstick pink is a great colour for it … gorgeous for us to see – cheers Hilary


    • Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter October 25, 2018 / 17:53

      Quite a few surprises on this day! The view was amazing, we felt really lucky that Rùm had appeared. The next day it was gone again.


  3. shazza October 25, 2018 / 16:17

    We also walked along the beach from Howmore. There was a god awful pong though. Not sure if a dead whale was further up the beach or if it was the fishy fertilizer used on the fields! X


  4. Suzanne et Pierre October 25, 2018 / 14:04

    Another nice day of exploration. These islands are indeed beautiful. (Suzanne)


  5. Eunice October 25, 2018 / 13:01

    I love the pink roof of the post office, it certainly stands out 🙂


  6. Andrew Petcher October 25, 2018 / 12:49

    Great walk, lovely pictures but what stands out for me is the post office – ‘lipstick-pink roof’. What a wonderful description!


  7. Yeah, Another Blogger October 25, 2018 / 12:37

    Hi Anabel. The view in the final photo is truly beautiful. Humbling, in a way.

    Till next time —


  8. edgar62 October 25, 2018 / 12:16

    Interesting, It looked like a pearl to me too. I suspect that’s why you took the photograph. Both churches were interesting although I have never heard of, let alone seen, a central communion table. Lovely photographs throughout, We have a nice beach – when it’s not covered in seaweed.


  9. Birgit October 25, 2018 / 11:43

    Is that a pearl in the rocks? That rock looks like a pearl…beautiful picture. I love old cemeteries and would love to investigate this place. Another great walk.


  10. Kev October 25, 2018 / 11:19

    Nice post. I do like a trig point!


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