By Eric J Macdonald

I’m not sure whether there was a mid- Victorian equivalent of TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp. Probably not. They were a more seriousminded bunch.

But, if there had been then Uig Lodge would surely have prompted a gush of superlatives. Admittedly in the Hebrides it is difficult to find a location that doesn’t come with stunning backdrops but the builders of Uig Lodge really did hit upon somewhere special. There is a kaleidoscope of views, constantly changing depending on the light, the time of day or the season of the year.

One of Ian Lawson's photographs from the An Lanntair exhibition

The Harris Tweed Festival 2016 at An Lanntair arts centre continues apace in August with an array of tweed related events and performances.

Writing in the Festival programme, Chair of the Harris Tweed Authority, Norman L. Macdonald, said: “The Harris Tweed Festival 2016 gives us a very special opportunity to celebrate all that Harris Tweed is right here in its heartland.

“The Festival, conceived by An Lanntair as part of the Bealach Creative Place programme and the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, will bring together a host of different activities, events and people involved in every aspect of the industry.

The BBC is looking for people from the Hebrides to take part in a life-swap television documentary, which will be aired on BBC2. 

They are particularly looking for those who have a dream that they've never fulfilled.

If you feel like you've missed some opportunities in your life, and you'd like to see what it's like living someone else's life for a bit, get in touch with them as soon as possible, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.