Jonathan & Denise >
Having had no customers yet (since opening on the 4th of July, five days ago) at the Hebridean Woolshed, and the roads quiet, we took much of the day off for a good walk in the Leth Meanach [Middle District] of South Uist. We parked by the historic church at Taobha Mòr [Howmore] and made a figure-of-eight walk along machair tracks and the beach, first north to Stadhlaigearraidh [Stilligarry], then south as far as Peighinn nan Aoreann [Peninerine]. We crossed the bridge twice.
The Howmore River is the biggest watercourse in Uist and Barra. It is also one of the most valuable rivers in the world, for fishing, and is a very important source of income for the estate, which is owned by the residents (and the biggest community-owned estate in Europe).
It was not as sunny as we’d have liked, but it was bright, dry – and the light breeze off the sea was just enough to keep the July flies away.