Eoropie – the most northern village in the Isle of Lewis. I basically came for two things, the beach and St Moluag’s church.
Teampall Mholuaidh (St Moluag´s church)
Constructed somewhen between the 12th and 16th century, this little church looks so whimsical, sitting within all the wildflowers. I couldn´t go inside as the church was closed but enjoyed a little walk around the church.
The church is associated as a place with healing powers, especially for mental health.
Many people were brought here in the hope of healing, and even those who could not reach the church sent wooden effigies of their afflicted parts. (wikipedia)
A visitor in 1603 noted that people had sent portions of their lame arms or legs to have lain under the saint.
The first thing you see, even before reaching the dunes is a huge playground. It really is a huge and fabulous playground for all ages. During the week there even seems to be a little kiosk for hot drinks and snacks.
I walked through the dunes and arrived at the endless (and pretty empty) beach.
You will understand the next photo if you have read the “Lewis Trilogy” by Peter May – in these books set in Lewis he always talks about the big churches “looming” over the villages and while driving through Lewis I really understood these words.