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South Lochs

You can't wander far in our Islands without seeing archeology, from chambered cairns, standing stones to brochs.  Just a couple of minutes walk to the top of the hill next to Cromore Mission Hall and you overlook the ruin of Dun Cromore, which was a galleried Dun or Broch, with a wide staircase of 17 steps. The causeway connecting the Dun to the shore is still visible under the water, sadly it's now is a refuge for wildlife and overgrown with lichen, but if you take a minute to sit and ponder, questions arise, curiosity awakens and imagination takes hold.

On a tidal island called Eilean Chaluim Chille are the ruins of St. Columba's church, reported in 1549 as the main place of worship for the parish of Lochs its cemetery was in use until 1878.

Dun CromoreThere are more recent ruins to be seen all around South Lochs, the remains of Black Houses where once families worked this hostile land, some were moved on in the clearances, others abandoned. The clearance of the entire village of Steimreway took place in 1857, but not before both Lemreway and Orinsay which took place in the 1840's.  You can read about the clearences of Pairc (South Lochs) in an article from the Angus MacLeod Archive  The archive is a series of articles by the late Angus MacLeod MBE and cover much of the history of Pairc. His full archive of personal papers, books, photographs, and recordings is available for reference and research at the Ravenspoint Centre, Kershader, South Lochs, Isle of Lewis (tel 01851 880737).
Angus MacLeod Archive Website

Callanish Stones

The most famous archeological site on the Isle of Lewis has to be the Callanish Stones (Calanais in Gaelic) a Neolithic stone circle. There are at least a dozen sites of interest around Calanais. The main stone complex contains around 50 stones in a cross-shaped setting. The impressive inner circle comprising 13 stones, the tallest of which is 4m high, and a small chambered cairn.

Carloway Broch -Dun Carloway is one of the best-preserved Iron Age Brochs in the whole of Scotland

Shawbost Norse Mill - a reconstruction of an iron age Norse Mill that was originally on site in Shawbost.  More Info from Virtual Hebrides.

Great Bernera

Great Bernera is an island off Lewis accessible by crossing the 'Bridge over the Atlantic' - as you cross look out for the remains of a stone circle overlooking the bridge, on the Bernera side.

Bosta Beach, Iron Age House - In 1992 a severe storm dramatically altered the beach profile and an ancient village began to re-emerge from the sand. The village has since been buried, in order to preserve it, however a replica iron age house now stands at the mouth of the river and it is easy to see the outlines of ancient buildings on the landscape.

Don't forget to listen out for the Time and Tide Bell at Bosta Beach.

This is only a small list of the archeology to be seen on Lewis and we haven't even mentioned the Isle of Harris but to discover more why not take a tour with Dave's Hebridean Archeology Tours, or check out Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Archeology pages.

Also:

Virtual Hebrides
Walk Hebrides
Undiscovered Scotland 

 

 

 

 

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