The Callanish Standing Stones
The Callanish stone circle complex is famous worldwide for its enigmatic, magical quality. The stones are said to be aligned with the 18.6 year cycle of the moon. Within the landscape are stones and features that appear to represent the triple goddess and her consort. The range of hills in the distance, Cailleach na Mointeach (Old Woman of the Moors), can be seen as a recumbent female figure who acts as a ritual focus for viewing the moon.
Boat and Sailing Trip out into the Atlantic
We will have the opportunity to venture into the Atlantic on a rigid, inflatable boat that launches near the north westerly point of the UK. This ninety minute ride will allow us to see sea eagles, seals and other local wildlife, sometimes including whales. On the final evening of our conference, weather permitting, we will also have a chance to sail in some of the traditional small sailing ships used for centuries by local seamen and fishermen.
The Blackhouse, Arnol
Built around 1880, this traditional Lewis thatched house gives a special insight into island life. Once the residence of a Hebridean crofting family and their animals, it takes us back to an existence that endured for centuries, with its peat fire still burning in the open hearth.