We were leaving Lewis today, but not until the afternoon, so Graham had a couple more stone circles lined up for us. Both are within sight of Callanish and clearly associated with this larger monument. The first we went to see was Cnoc Fillibhir Bheag which stands on a small hill above Loch Ceann Hulabhig.
A short walk down the hill leads you to Cnoc Ceann a’ Gharraidh. Although there are less stones than its near neighbour, the stones are much taller and altogether more impressive, to me at least.
Unfortunately that was it for our short stay on Lewis, and it was time to drive back to Stornoway to catch the ferry back to the mainland. There was light rain in the air – more of a thick mist than real rain really – so I had the top of the ferry to myself!
We edged out of Stornoway harbour and beyond Rubha Àirinis lighthouse, and after that there really wasn’t much to see, the low cloud reducing the visibility. I did spot a seal on the way into Loch Broom a couple of hours later though.
Back on dry land at Ullapool we walked back to the Ullapool Hotel to pick up the car and start our journey south.
On the way down we stopped off at Balnuaran of Clava cairns.
By the time we were approaching Aviemore we were getting quite hungry, so we turned off the main road and went to the Ski-ing Doo, one of my favourite restaurants, for some excellent (and much-needed) food, before continuing home.