It was a rainy day on the border between Harris and Lewis, but it looked a bit drier in Stornoway, so I decided to visit this lovely town another time. I also toyed with the idea of getting some wellies.
I was lucky, as soon as I crossed some of the mountains the sun came out.
I started my walk around town in the harbour and discovered this impressive monument remembering the sinking of the Iolaire on 1 January 1919 right in the Minch before Stornoway. One of the worst maritime disasters in United Kingdom waters.
This monument was erected for the 100th anniversary of the sinking.
A friendly fisherman greeting you on the other side of the harbour, vis a vis from Lews castle.
The brewery at the edge of the world seemed to have moved…
Another ferry arrived and brought lots of happy tourists ready to explore Harris & Lewis.
And one of my favourite statues in Stornoway, the “Herring Girl”, or better said one of the “Herring Girls” statues – remembering all the women working in the fishing industry. For almost 100 years, from 1850 up to WWII, more than 3000 of the island’s women were employed in the industry as “Herring Girls”.