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A Day on the Galson Estate

Updated: May 20, 2021

Have you only one day to visit the Galson Estate? Whilst we wish you could stay longer, here are a mixture of popular sites which may be of interest to you.

1. Butt of Lewis Lighthouse

The Butt of Lewis Lighthouse is one of the most visited attractions on the whole of the Isle of Lewis, with 70,000 visits a year. Built in 1862 by David Stevenson, it stands at 121 feet high facing the roaring Atlantic sea, and is unusual in that it was constructed with red bricks, unlike most Scottish lighthouses. The Lighthouse is also listed in the Guinness Book of Records as one of the windiest spots in Britain. Learn the Lingo – Lighthouse = taigh-solais [tie soh-leesh]

2. Port of Ness Harbour

Just down the road from the Butt of Lewis Lighthouse is Port of Ness harbour. It was first built circa 1800, rebuilt in around 1885 and then received a concrete remodelling by D & T Stevenson in the early 1890s. It is a small, cellular dock and was once the lifeblood of Ness; the boat handling skills of the Ness community are legendary. There is also a beautiful, white sandy beach at Port of Ness Harbour where you can take a short walk and admire the sea views. Learn the Lingo – Harbour = acarsaid [ach-kur-satch] Sandy beach = tràigh [try]

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