Wednesday, 15 April 2015
Last week I came across the Pentland Road from Achmore to Stornoway on Lewis. This was a road that I first travelled across forty years ago when the sheilings were still in use. They were situated out on the common pasture or grazings and the women of the household would move there in the summer with the sheep and cattle and their spinning wheels. They were often near the family's peat banks as well. I didn't actually realise what they were and as many were occupied I came to the conclusion that there was some very extreme poverty on Lewis if these were houses. Of course I was very quickly educated because by the 1970s these were mainly used (and a few still are) for holidays.
Now the moors are increasingly being littered with wind turbines and when driving across the moors sometimes the juxtaposition of the old and the new becomes very apparent.
This last picture gives one an idea of just how massive these structures are. The trees near the base of the crane and turbine are reasonably mature.