The Western Isles need better basic facilities if visitors are to get the best out of their holiday, according to one of the Lewis’s regular tour guides.
Guide Maggie Smith of Lochs has made the call after leading a party of American tourists through a number of disappointments on Sunday (August 18th) during a tour to the Butt of Lewis. Her experiences were, she said, all too common.
Posting on Facebook after the tour, she showed one of the reasons for her concern. She said: “This picture was taken from the ‘car park’ at the Butt of Lewis, which was empty due to the huge puddle bang in the middle of the access. Another two coach companies decided not to brave the puddle – they parked on the road and their passengers walked up to the Butt.
Gaelic writers at any level have a chance to improve their skills during a Lewis-based development week.
Applications for the event close tomorrow (Wednesday 21 August) at 5pm.
Ten writers will have the chance to take part in the development of a new Gaelic drama work.
The event will be held from 29 September to 4 October.
Two places are reserved for under-30's and two places are reserved for those from the Western Isles and Skye.
Fire stations throughout Lewis and Harris will be open for all on Saturday (August 24th), as Fire Scotland makes a bid for new recruits to the service.
Fire stations in Stornoway, Ness, Shawbost, Great Bernera, South Lochs, Tarbert, Scalpay and Benbecula will all have their doors wide open between noon and 4pm with a host of come-and-try opportunities for young and old.