A Few Animals and a Little About Eriskay

You saw “my” house on Eriskay at the end of the last post: “The Blue House” – Carrick in the village of Bun a Mhulin. The reason I chose this self-catering cottage (with some selection help from Denise – she and her husband Jonathan run it) is I found out it came with a flock of Hebridean Sheep! I fell in love with these sheep in 2011 at a rare breed sheep show in Melton Mowbray (England) and again, in 2013, on the Scottish island on Colonsay, in the inner Hebrides, where a got to visit a flock several times. This time, they are just outside my cottage!

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Hebridean Sheep are a primitive breed from Scotland similar in many ways to others in the Northern European short-tail sheep group. They are able to cope with cold and wet conditions – a big plus I would say from my recent experiences here! They may have one or two pairs of horns and are a smaller sheep with ewes running around 88 pounds and rams around 120 pounds, according to the Rare Breed Survival Trust’s fact sheet.

Since it is May there are a bunch of lambs for me to enjoy watching as well.

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The lambs include two bottle babies whom I have the privilege of helping Jonathan feed most mornings and evenings.

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Besides sheep, this croft (I think a whole post in a day or two on “crofts”) has geese and chickens so they managed to get into some of my photos as well!

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This day, the one after I arrived, was a good day to take it a little slower and recover from all those tight connections the previous day! So, I decided to walk to the local pub, also with the motivation that they might be offering lunch! Along the way, I took in some more beautiful views.

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Yes, I must be headed in the right direction!

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Ok, now a brief bit of Eriskay history before we get to the pub. Besides being famous for where Bonnie Prince Charlie (Prince Charles Edward Stuart) landed on Scottish soil in 1745 and 1746, at first wanting to organize to take back the throne of Great Britain and then escaping back to Scotland after his defeat), Eriskay is famous as the site of the shipwreck of the SS Politician. This was an 8000-ton cargo ship, which left Liverpool for Jamaica and New Orleans in 1941 with, among other cargo, 264,000 bottles of malt whisky and much of this cargo was salvaged by the island’s inhabitants!

So, the pub I am headed for is named The Politician, after the ship. It is in a beautiful spot (well, what isn’t beautiful on this island?!) A 25-30 minute walk (into a head wind!) brings me here.

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Luckliy, they were open and I had a lovely lunch – including Yorkshire pudding!

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But then I head back to The Blue House for a little reading, knitting, and a nap! And, of course, more sheep watching!

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  1. It looks lovely. Do you think you can fit a lamb in your carryon?


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