AROUND GALSON FARM GUESTHOUSE
Just a few suggestions but by no means everything on offer.
A few of the loop walks around Ness. Maps with route descriptions are available courtesy of Galson Estate Trust. Pick yours up at Galson Farm Guesthouse or most shops exhibits in Ness.
Ballantrushal – Upper Shader/Lower Shader loop – 5.69km
Cross/Eoropie – 5.92km
Borgh/Borve Loop – 4.47km
Eoropie Loop – 4.47km
Galson Loop – 5.53km
PORT OF NESS
Port of Ness boasts a beautiful small harbour, stunning white sandy beach, galleries and cafes. It is from this little harbour that the Guga Hunters still make their annual trip to Sula Sgeir, a desolate island far out in the Atlantic. The harbour was constructed in the early 19th century. An enlargement was built in 1893, with a breakwater added the following year.
Ness is a stronghold for the Gaelic language and is still the mother tongue of most of the local people.
The boathouse at the harbour features in the Peter May novels, The Blackhouse and The Lewis Man.
BUTT OF LEWIS LIGHTHOUSE
Constructed of red brick and unpainted the lighthouse was built in 1862 by David and Thomas Stevenson. The Stevensons said that to use “common brick” here at The Butt of Lewis would not be feasible as it would not withstand the exposure to the sea. There are 168 steps to the top of the 37-metre high tower.
ST MOLUAG’S CHAPEL
It is thought that the chapel dates back to the 12th Century, however by the 19th Century the chapel building had deteriorated and was restored in 1912.
St Moluag was a 6th Century Irish Saint, a contemporary of St Columba. For anyone following the St Columba trail, St Moluags chapel is a must along with the Ui Church in Point and Rodel Church Harris.
Spòrsnis, features a large multi-purpose hall, fitness suite and sauna, soft-play area and community learning and resource areas. It also boasts the only 10-pin bowling alley in the Western Isles.
The facility currently operates 6 days a week from 9.00am to 10.00pm.
AUTHOR, PETER MAY - THE LEWIS TRILOGY
THE BLACKHOUSE TOUR
Guided tours of the various locations featured in the suspense novel ‘The Blackhouse’ – the first book in the Lewis trilogy by Scottish writer Peter May. Check Sportnis The Blackhouse Tour
Want to see where The Blackhouse is set? Explore the real islands from the Lewis Trilogy books? Then follow this link for the very best inside information on all of Peter May’s Hebrides literary locations! Lots more information can be found on the Visit Outer Hebrides page
“…one of the best-regarded crime series of recent years”
“Peter May is an author I’d follow to the ends of the earth”
The New York Times
LOCAL NATURE RESERVE
Check out a list of flora and fauna and bird sightings at Loch Stiapabhat.
EOROPIE PLAY PARK
Great outdoor playpark and a favourite place for all island kids. Beach close by to take a stroll and watch wading birds.
This tiny island accessible via the bridge at Knockaird is traditionally known as the stronghold of the Clan Morrison.
The Dùn Èistean Archaeology Project
MUSEUM – ANCESTRY
Comunn Eachdraidh Nis ~ Ness Historical Society houses an enormous archive of photos, film, documents and interesting artefacts, it is also an excellent start for those wishing to trace their ancestry
CLACH AN TRUSHAL
Clach an Trushal at Ballantrushal is said to be the tallest standing stone in Scotland and a few minutes drive from Galson Farm.