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Iron Age Village, Great Bernera, Outer Hebrides
September 30, 2016, 10:00 am
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Iron Age Village 1A great storm in the winter of 1993 uncovered substantial stonework amongst the sand dunes on the beach at Bostadh on Great Bernera in the Outer Hebrides.

The site was excavated in 1996 to reveal a Norse settlement but further digging brought to light an earlier Iron Age village dating from around 500 – 800AD.

Iron Age Village 2Archaeologists removed various animal and fish bones, shells, plant remains and combs from the dig and some of these can be seen at the museum in nearby Breaclete. The site was then covered over with sand once more to preserve the structures.

Iron Age Village 3In 1998, a replica of one of the Iron Age huts was built just inland from the beach. It is comprised of a larger circular building with a central hearth, connected to a smaller circular building which was probably used for storage. A single turf roof covers both buildings. The inside is laid out as it would have been and visitors are welcome for a small fee.

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Abriachan Gardens
September 16, 2016, 4:48 pm
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Abriachan 3This garden was established little more than thirty years ago and has steadily grown up the hill from the Loch Ness roadside to merge with the surrounding woodland.

Abriachan 2Native plants are expertly mixed with exotic plantings from New Zealand and the Falkland Islands where the current owners previously lived.

Abriachan 5Stunningly situated in the Great Glen by the shores of Loch Ness, just 8 miles south of Inverness, this 4 acre garden will lead you up the woodland path and provide you with fantastic views over the loch.

Abriachan 1An adjoining nursery gives you the opportunity to take home many of the plants you will have seen.

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North Lewis Poppy Trail
September 6, 2016, 1:33 pm
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Poppy Trail 1These photos aren’t exactly picturesque but the story they tell is quite interesting. Large poppies have been placed beside the homes or crofts of the men of North Lewis in the Outer Hebrides who lost their lives in World War One.

Poppy Trail 2Poppy Trail 3It’s shocking to look down whole streets and see these reminders outside nearly every house – not always single flowers but often two, three or four outside individual dwellings. Some villages have 20 to 30 poppies.

The loss of so many young men – sons, brothers, husbands, fathers – must have been devastating to such a rural community. Around a quarter of 900 people from the north of Lewis who served in the war didn’t return. The Trail is a very moving memorial to the men who died.

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