Heaven on Earth

February 2024 Five years after moving into our Hebridean home we’ve now reached the next stage in our goal towards leading a self-sufficient life. We’ve purchased a few acres of agricultural land, known in rural Scotland as a croft. The Outer Hebrides truly are a magical place to be and we would love to offer

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Connecting

November 2023 We’d like to introduce a very special girl who is one of our neighbours on the island of Great Bernera. Her name is Arwen, she’s 11 years old and earlier this year she wrote a beautiful song called Connecting. This summer, while visiting the island for Rudi’s 60th birthday party, our talented friend,

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The Great Bernera Walk

One of the most beautiful walks on Great Bernera (and featured on the Visit Outer Hebrides website) is a circular route around the northern part of the island. As the map below shows, the walk starts in Breaclete (the ‘hub’ of the island community, with museum and café) and goes in a clockwise direction to

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Clisham

The highest peak in the Outer Hebrides, at a height of 799m, is Clisham (Gaelic: An Cliseam), a cone-shaped outcrop of ancient Lewisian gneiss. [As a comparison, the highest mountain in the British Isles is Ben Nevis at 1344m.] It takes around 2–2½ hours to climb Clisham and 1–1½ hours to descend. There is ample

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Cutting peat

June 2023 Since installing a multi-fuel burner in our living room in the winter of 2020/2021, we’ve wanted to gather peat to use as fuel, to add to the wood and coffee logs we’ve been burning in the colder months of the year. Peat is a traditional, cost-effective fuel which has been cut and burned

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Keeping bees

We decided in 2022 to start keeping honey bees. Our motives for doing so were threefold: to bring pollinators to our garden to help our fruit and vegetable crops to have a supply of honey as an alternative to less healthy sweeteners to be able to observe these beautiful creatures up close and personal It

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