Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal, Princess Anne, will be in Lewis tomorrow (Wednesday October 2nd) for a visit to Kinloch and the Westside.
The Princess Royal will officially open the Kinloch Community Hub at Balallan Old School before heading off to indulge her passion for lighthouses at Breasclete.
The community hub is run by Kinloch Historical Society and has a tea room, which is closed for the day tomorrow, and a variety of community services including a launderette, electric car charging points and an active programme of social events.
Her Royal Highness will also visit the Flannan Isles memorial, exhibition and former Keepers' Shore Station at Breasclete. The memorial exhibition, which commemorates the tragic and mysterious loss of the three lightkeepers in December 1900, is open until 31st October.
Princess Anne is uniquely well-informed about the mysterious story behind the Flannan Isles lighthouse. Patron of Northern Lighthouse Board since 1993, she spends time aboard the lighthouse vessel Pharos and visits offshore lighthouses, including the Flannan Isles.
A lifelong interest in lighthouses was famously sparked by a visit to Tiumpan Head lighthouse when the Princess was just five years old. She has a life-time ambition to visit all the UK’s lighthouses and, at 69, is well on her way to achieving that ambition.