Tuesday, June 11, 2024

The Outer Hebrides

YouTuber Steve Marsh has been visiting the Outer Hebrides. It is odd that there are two islands on one land mass. One 'island' is called Harris and the other Lewis......that rings a bell. Ah yes, blogger Graham of Eagleton Notes lives on Lewis. 

During my thorough research ten second skim, the climate is considered mild. Hmm, mild compared to where? Anyway, I really enjoyed his visits to both islands, worked out at the last minutes as twice his ferry to the island of St Kilda was cancelled. 

I find this map so useful. I hope you (checking map) UK types can endorse the accuracy of the map. I expect many residents of the UK, would need to consult this map too. 


It was quite amazing to see a Stonehenge like arrangement of rocks, a mere 4,000 years after humans placed them in their positions. 

The housing looks so well built against the cold and storms. If you do watch the clip about Lewis, the house near where the whale bone stands is stunning. 

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  1. thecontemplativecat here. The map is excellent, teaching. During a drive from Bath through to London gave us a chance to be awed and amazed by Stonehenge. Hope this finds you well.

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    1. CC, England itself is just wonderful to experience. I hope you saw Stonehenge before it was surrounded by restrictions.

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  2. Two islands jointed together there. That is quite odd. Stonehenge is a big mystery as ever

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  3. I guess that I never realized that the UK and Great Britain could not be used interchangeably. So there's something new I learned today! I watched a little of the video, but didn't have time for all of it. I will come back to it. I wonder if Graham recognizes the drive? Last night, I watched a news program on the TT on the Isle of Man, so I got a chance to see Jaycee's neck of the woods as well.

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    1. Debby, it does seem important to get the naming correct. I think there is only one main road on the island, so I am sure Graham will know it. Yes, IOM is very interesting to explore online.

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  4. Well there you go. As a Brit I learned about the GB vs UK thing, too, today.
    I remember going to see Stonehenge with my grandmother in 1966. You just drove up a country road and there it was. No parking lots, no fences, no nothing. Not even many people. I actually touched the stones (we were allowed to back then). Even to an 11 year old it was an awe inspiring place.

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    1. Merlot, Ray saw Stonehenge in the 70s and it was still touchy feely then. That's a nice memory for you.

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  5. "It is odd that there are two islands on one land mass."

    It reminds me that there are two "continents" on one landmass: the continent of Europe and the continent of Asia.

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    1. Kirk, and how about North America and South America, both on a joined land mass, Panama Canal not withstanding.

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  6. I agree, what a lot of people call mild has me shivering and running to turn on the heating while adding layers of extra clothing. I'll check that link now...

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    1. River, yes. What so many people live in, in cold temperatures is not for me at home. If I feel cold, the heating is on. If I feel hot, the cooling goes on.

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  7. I stopped watching at the halfway point right after he found the lighthouse and looked at the amazing views.

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    1. River, he did go on a bit about the views, even if they are great.

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  8. Visiting Island is one thing. But living on them is anther. I don't know that much about the island around GB.

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    1. Dora, I knew nothing, but I know a bit more now.

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  9. I have always wanted to visit the Hebrides. Maybe I will one of these days.

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    1. Fun60, with all due respect, perhaps you should do it soon. It seems like it is quite busy with tourists in summer.

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  10. I shall watch the video later. But the 'Stonehenge' stones are the Callanish Stones, and sometimes referred to as the Great Northern Temple. Slightly more complex than Stonehenge but not so easy to get to.

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    1. Thanks Thelma. I will try to retain the name of the stones. I just can't get past 4,000 years ago.

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  11. Watched all the video and it's really nice, love that man's accent Andrew. Beautiful and so different scenery too.

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    1. Margaret, Steve whispering sweet nothings into my ear with his accent would...'work for me'.

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  12. We live in a beautiful world. It's a pity we're intent on destroying it.

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    1. JB. Yes and no. Humans are very good at reacting. Just not so good at preventing.

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  13. Scotland is on our bucket list,

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    1. TP, you simply must visit the Scottish Highlands.

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  14. Thank you for teaching me something new about my home country, that's a great map.
    At one time we lived in the closest house to Stonehenge.......a fascinating place of course but I think Avebury has more appeal these days as it's a little more off the beaten track and you can get close to the stones.
    Alison in Wales x

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    1. Alison, Ray visited Stonehenge in the '70s and of course could wander among the stones and touch them.

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  15. I have a similar map saved on my hard drive, to help me remember the terms correctly. Yours avoids the added complications of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man -- which as I understand it are part of the British Isles and protected by the British government, yet not officially part of the UK.

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    1. Steve, those islands do have a strange status, but the locals prefer it that way.

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  16. Thanks for sharing Steve Marsh, what a lovely youtube channel. I shall have to go back and yes, Steve does have a lovely accent:)

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    1. Pixie, he is quite entertaining and self effacing too.

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  17. Have been to Scotland with this. Once I got started watching, I couldn’t stop. Thanks for Steve’s info. I’ll be a regular. MS Nell

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    1. I'm pleased you liked him. He has the ability to make the mundane into interesting and entertaining videos.

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  18. Steve visited Sheffield on grey days but the videos were fun to watch.

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    1. For a big pool? Billiards competition YP. He showed off Sheffield very well. So grey days in Sheffield aren't usual?

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    2. It's always sunny in Sheffield - just like Newcastle!

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  19. I subscribed to the channel. :D Thanks for sharing.

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  20. I'll have to check the channel out. So many things to watch and so little time. ;-)

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  21. Spouse and I lived and worked in London for two years, but didn't see as much as we wanted back then. So once I started going to academic conferences every 3 years, there was a much more organised approach to visiting England, Southern Scotland and Republic of Ireland. Just as well most of the photos and written histories survived.. my memories are no longer clear.

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    1. Time does fade memories. I was most impressed by the Scottish Highlands, Hels. In summer at least.

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  22. WTF Andrew, the map has Dublin in the UK!!!!! Should I be on high alert for an invasion?
    XO
    WWW

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    1. So it does WWW, and I knew someone would find a mistake. It would not be a perfect curve, but one little bump would have fixed that matter.

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  23. I have always dreamed of living in the outer Hebrides! Not sure why, I've never been, but I feel drawn to that area.

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    1. PS - it's Fen, not sure why it won't let me sign in

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    2. Did you sign into Google? Yes, I must say I like the look the area. It is never somewhere I've considered.

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