That's it - another Hebridean adventure over and done with....well nearly. As I type we're sitting in the rather excellent Lochboisdale Internet Cafe about to have tea and cake (Carrot cake for me, Chocolate for MrEH - somewhat predictably as some of you will know!). The sun is shining again, the wind has dropped, and the 5 hour ferry crossing from here to Oban is promising to be rather a nice end to the holiday.
Yesterday afternoon was spent on our favourite beach...well, one of them....
...eating one of our favourite lunches - Hebridean smokehouse pate, Stag Bakeries Oatcakes, and "The Dunes" tea-and-cake-wagon's Custard cream biscuits which are nothing LIKE any other custard creams you can ever have imagined...look -
See - if all custard creams looked like that they wouldn't be left languishing at the bottom of the biscuit tin any more, would they?! They taste just as good as they look too, I promise you - in fact, we have a couple stashed away ready for eating on the ferry later on.
Yesterday evening was spent in the pub as you might expect, getting licks & wags from pub-dog Winston! Then this morning we finished packing the car up, checked through the house for anything we might have inadvertently left behind, and then made our way South down through North Uist, Grimsay, Benbecula & now South Uist - the cafe is but a short hop to the ferry terminal so we've not left ourselves far to go before it's on to the ferry and on the first leg of our journey home. This is the first time we've travelled back this way - each time before we've taken the early "Crack of Death" as a friend calls it, ferry back from Lochmaddy across to Uig, on skye, then driven down from there, staying in Carlisle overnight on the saturday. The ferry crossing from Lochboisdale was slightly more expensive, but there is less distance to cover on the other side and it's been SO much more pleasant to be able to take our time this morning, not rushing about, and having to get up at 5am...
So for now it's goodbye to the Hebrides for another year - as ever, we'll be back!