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Scottish anchorages

Loch Stornoway

I reckon it must be a bit of a struggle landing the dinghy on this wide open sandy bay so I haven't tried it yet. However, there are a few things to see - a fairly standard Church of Scotland Parish Church, and a fairly standard burial ground on the east bank of the burn which provides a rather delightful musical backdrop for the gravestones.

 

Kilberry church was built in 1821, it is nicely painted outside but was rather forlorn inside until it was repainted in 2012. Before redecoration there was an abandoned 1902 Gaelic Bible on a windowsill in the gallery, removed now but still lurking in the pulpit along with an 1862 Self-Interpreting Bible. The upper windows in the south front are 'blind' which adds architectural elegance but not interior light. One does wonder for how long these charming buildings will be used as the local permanent population drift away to be replaced with holiday homeowners, and becomes more secular, and indeed how long it will be before the churches fall down or are converted into private homes (as many have been already). The divisions in the church about such matters as gay ministers and gay marriage can't be helping. However, this particular church thrives with services on two Sundays a month.

 

There are three standing stones in a field just before the road - mysterious, lined up north-south. I imagine they at least will outlast the church, they have certainly been standing here uncared for and unloved for very much longer.

 

I think you would have to be a very zealous foodie to make the four mile trek from here to the Kilberry Inn, but by all accounts it might well be worth the effort. I suppose if you phoned they might come and get you, and more importantly take you back to your boat later (ph 01880 770 223).

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A nautical touch on the gate to the burial ground

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Kilberry Church

Kilberry Church

Loch Stornoway burial ground (1)

A nautical touch at the burial ground