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..Ask an islander for a weather forecast he will not, like a mainlander answer you dry, wet, or sunny but quote you a figure from the Beaufort Scale


Award winning play park

Situated in Ness, in the far north of the Western Isles of Scotland, the expansive 4 acre site offers a wide range of outdoor play facilities and a superb location for a family picnic or day out..

Ness, places to see things to do…

A 857 to Ness (Nis) Northwards from Barvas, this route has many small art based businesses, ranging from potteries and art galleries to several first class photographers.

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Calanais Standing Stones


Walk among the megaliths at one of Scotland’s most magnificent and best-preserved Neolithic monuments.

The Calanais Standing Stones are an extraordinary cross-shaped setting of stones erected 5,000 years ago. They predate England’s famous Stonehenge monument, and were an important place for ritual activity for at least 2,000 years.

We don’t know why the standing stones at Calanais were erected, but our best guess is that it was a kind of astronomical observatory.

Patrick Ashmore, who excavated at Calanais in the early 1980s writes: ‘The most attractive explanation… is that every 18.6 years, the moon skims especially low over the southern hills. It seems to dance along them, like a great god visiting the earth. Knowledge and prediction of this heavenly event gave earthly authority to those who watched the skies.’

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Isle Of Harris Gin

While preparations continue for distilling the spirit for ‘The Hearach’ whisky, our distillers are busy creating The Isle of Harris Gin. The small copper still, known affectionally as ‘The Dottach’, imbues our spirit with the complex delights of nine specially chosen botanicals as we seek to capture the elemental nature of our island, particularly the maritime influences of the seas which surround us on all sides.

Juniper, Coriander, Angelica Root, Orris Root, Cubebs, Bitter Orange Peel, Licorice and Cassia Bark all play their role in defining the taste of our gin. But it is Sugar kelp which is key to the subtle coastal notes that mark out our spirit. Hand-harvested by a local diver from the deep underwater forests of the Outer Hebrides, this natural and sustainable ingredient completes the wider aspects of the gin’s flavour profile.

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Life on the Edge

Welcome to the Outer Hebrides.


A professor of Spanish and a professor of Gaelic met at a conference and began discussing the relative merits of their respective languages. ‘Tell me, ’ said the Spanish professor, ‘do you have a Gaelic equivalent for the Spanish phrase mañana, mañana?’ The Hebridean professor thought for a while, then replied, ‘No, I do not think that we have in the Gaelic a word that conveys such a pressing sense of urgency’…

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Bird of Prey Trail