By Neil Irvine, Content Editor
Published: Sep 01, 2017More by Neil
An Unforgettable Wildlife Adventure in the Outer Hebrides
I was lucky enough to experience our Wildlife Adventure: The Outer Hebrides and St Kilda tour in the middle of July and came back to the office with a new perspective on our adventure holidays and also a lovely Scottish suntan! Join me on a Wildlife Adventure – the Outer Hebrides.
Arrival in Stornoway
As soon as we departed from the ferry our sightseeing tour began! We explored many places in Lewis on the way to our hotel in Tarbert, on the Isle of Harris. Our guide Malcolm is an amazing professional with expert knowledge on the various landmarks we explored. He was constantly scanning the sea below and the skies above us for wildlife.
Our first stop was ‘Scotland’s Stonehenge‘ or better known to the locals as the Callanish Stones. The standing stone circles of Callanish are shrouded in historical mystery – it was truly a wondrous experience to be so close to such spectacular ancient construction. As I walked around the site my mind travelled back in time and I could visualise the ancient people of the island surrounding the stones, perhaps preparing for some sort of ritual to the stars, or mapping the solar system.
Part of the fun of visiting historical sites like Callanish was letting my mind delve deep into the mystery and imagining endless possibilities. One theory of the Callanish stones was that ancient people believed they were a circle of giants who had been petrified because they refused to convert to Christianity. As I stood next to the stones I realised how monstrous in size they actually are and I understood why the ancient people held such beliefs.
On the way to the hotel Malcolm saw an eagle flying above the glorious lush green tall grass of Lewis. We stopped to take pictures and catch a closer view with binoculars and scope that Wilderness Scotland provided. As we admired the eagle gliding overhead we were happily surprised to see another eagle invite themselves to the party and swoop in for a territorial battle.