The sight of trees is a rare one, not only in North Uist, but all over the Outer Hebrides, so when I stumbled over a little forest in Langais, I just had to stop and take a walk.
The area is a community woodland, and some fairies seem to live here.
Hercules – the Bear.
Whilst filming an advert for Andrex in Benbecula in 1980, Hercules, a grizzly bear escaped and went on the run for just over 3 weeks! He was eventually found in North Uist – 20 miles from where he went missing – by a crofter.
He captured the imagination of the world as people followed the story with interest. The search for Hercules included the army and the navy and was followed by the world’s media.
Following his caputure, he went on to appear in the film Octupusy, the James Bond film. (Outer Hebrides)
From the Langais Woodland, I drove towards the North of North Uist and enjoyed the views along the way.
Dun an Sticir – a broch on a little island in the North of North Uist.
The dun, whose name translates loosely as ‘Fort of the Skulker’, is set in a small tidal loch at the extreme northern end of North Uist. (Britain Express)
I was driving by a folly in North Uist. Scolpaig Tower was built on the site of an Iron Age broch by Dr Alexander Macleod in the 1830’s to provide work during a famine.
Pobull Fhinn Stone Circle
A circle of stones awaited me at the end of a little walk, with a gorgeous view over a misty North Uist.
Pobull Fhinn looks over Loch Langass and hiding behind the clouds is Ben Langass.
The circle is composed of at least 48 stones, only one of which is really prominent, and many of which have fallen. The circle is set upon a man-made terrace, made by cutting into the slope of Ben Langass on one side and building up the slope on the other to create a fairly level platform. The circle is actually an oval shape, about 37 metres by 30 metres, with the longer side running east to west. (Britain Express)
Barpa Langass to the south of the Island is a 5,000-year-old burial chamber thought to be the burial place of a Neolithic chieftain. (Isle of North Uist)