An adventure on the edge: Isle of Lewis

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Come with me on an adventure, away to the far north west of the British Isles. We need to travel over many mountains, through the heart of the Cairngorms and on towards Kyle, and then we start to cross the waves. We move away from the safety and certainty of the mainland, out over the sea to Skye. Then travelling north and west through the Coullin, we finally reach the tip of the Isle of Skye at Uig, where we can gaze out across the Inner Minch to the distant hazy Isle of Harris. It already feels remote with an empty fresh breeze filling our lungs, and a silver silence ringing in our ears.

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Once our feet have found the steady earth of Harris, we head ever North and West, with the sweet songs of the blue men of the Minch ringing in our ears. Eventually passing over Harris and then Lewis, the land runs out, and we are standing as far north and west as you can get on the British Isles. The wind tastes sweet and empty, and the waves roll and crash onto some of the oldest rocks on earth. Broken and chiseled into arches and caves, the ancient stone faces gaze silently out over the blue ocean.

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We stumble onto a golden beach, where the rocks have settled into the features of an old bearded man. He gazes with his wind filled eye, out across the Atlantic towards Canada. Hundreds of his children sailed across these foam crested waves towards a new life, on an unknown piece of the green earth, far away over the ocean. Yet here on the edge of Lewis all feels settled , as though peace has reigned for thousands of years, watched over by the sea goddess Seonaid.

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Here, on the soft golden sands of Eoropie, among the blue rolling waves, people have offered ale to the ancient sea goddess, for hundreds of years. In return she threw a harvest of soil enriching seaweed onto the beach on the spring and autumn full moons. Sharing the same name, I felt an affinity and waded out into the strong blue green waves.

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The adventure had just begun, as the warm blue waves washed and tugged at my old soul and my old body. Everything could be renewed here, anything could be released, and the soft silk whispers of the sea breeze promised eternity, while the sparkling stars of the sun birthed me back to the here and now.

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About greenmackenzie

Hi, I'm Seonaid, and I share my home with my husband, my son and a collection of cats and dogs. I am forever snapping shots of things which catch my eye. I love art which is here now and gone tomorrow...like food and nature...but also have a passion for vintage and the ancient past! Nature is my favourite muse, with her wild ever shifting seasons. I have been using and teaching mindfulness and relaxation for over 12 years, and have yet to become any sort of expert :-) I'm a Psychotherapist, and run the Maggies Highlands Cancer Centre, in Inverness, Scotland.
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40 Responses to An adventure on the edge: Isle of Lewis

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  2. restlessjo says:

    Those reflections on the beach! An entrancing shot, Seonaid. So glad you’ve enjoyed summer.

  3. RamisaR says:

    These photos are wonderful. They are captured with perfect timing. I love the ones which are captured midst a passing wave; beautiful to see.

  4. ladyfi says:

    What an enchanted part of the country! Gorgeous shots.

  5. Thom Hickey says:

    Lovely! Makes me want to pack my bags today. Regards Thom.

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  7. vastlycurious.com says:

    Glorious Seonaid !

  8. Your offerings here are so magical – I love visiting and breathing a breath of green air ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. I did so enjoy sharing your adventure with you, Seonaid, and how lovely it must be to be named after the Sea Goddess. The seascapes and beautiful clouds are so magical, especially the one where the clouds are reflected in the water. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Thanks for taking me to Lewis, Seonaid! Just gorgeous – text and images.

  11. LB says:

    I was glad to read “warm waves” … I was wondering! I’d have wanted to get my feet in their anyway, but it’s always nice when it’s warm ๐Ÿ™‚ Beautiful photos!

  12. Nicely done. Perhaps it’s because I’m very tired this evening … but your words struck me like a lullaby! How peaceful. Beautiful. Thanks. D

  13. Robin says:

    Thank you so much, Seonaid, for taking us on that beautiful adventure with you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Leya says:

    you have captured the essence of this remote place…as always you also make us want to visit, to go there and take it all in ourselves. Light and colours exquisite – love especially the sand and beach in number four.Thank you for an enchanted journey!

  15. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Love this journey with you dear soul. I want to go there so I’ve saved the link for one day maybe!

  16. Tina Schell says:

    Beautiful post as always Seonaid – you definitely took us along on your lovely adventure!

  17. Amy says:

    You really capture these stunning beautiful view! Love the sea waves!

  18. Tish Farrell says:

    stunning seascapes: could feel the rush of sea and wind and wide open spaces. Lovely.

  19. Rachael Charmley says:

    There is something about these places that offer a continual renewal. If I can’t go there in body, wandering in spirit seems almost as good. What you write of reminds me of Adam Nicolson’s experiences that he recounts in his book, ‘Sea Room”. Thank you for a lovely post.

    • Thank you for reading Rachael, and thanks for the book suggestion, I hadn’t heard of it or the writer before. As you say wandering in spirit has its own pleasures and rewards ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Rachael Charmley says:

        Adam inherits The Shiants from his father, and although not in the same league of nature writers as, say, Robert MacFarlane – it’s still a great read!

  20. Caro Woods says:

    Beautiful pictures Seonaid. In your very own element. x

  21. suej says:

    Lovely images, great description of the journey! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. boxertreiber says:

    Yeahh, Waves and Clouds and Mountains, the Best nature has given us ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Suzanne says:

    Thanks for taking us on a journey through such a romantic part of the world. ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. 2geeks3knots says:

    Beautiful! We want to paddle there. BTW, is this where Harris tweed comes from?

  25. Lovely shots of a beautiful country. ๐Ÿ™‚

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