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By Eilidh Whiteford
When artists Derek Scanlan and Elsie Mitchell moved to the Isle of Lewis in 1998, little did they know that 15 years later they would establish one of the first 'glamping' sites in the Outer Hebrides.
Opened in August 2013, the Mangersta Croft Wigwams and Shepherd's Huts, on the couple's croft in the Uig village of Mangersta, offer scenic, self-catering accommodation for visitors.
“A great thing about the Wigwams and Shepherd's Huts is the flexibility – they suit lots of different guests from families with young children to couples on a romantic get-away, or the solo traveller,” said Elsie.
“We've glamped in both the Wigwams and the Shepherd's Huts to make sure that they are a good experience, warm and comfortable to stay in at any time of the year.”
By Elly Welch
It’s a beautiful March morning when I cross the moor to Upper Carloway where a patchwork of working crofts is bustling with spring activity. It’s easy to
spot Blue Pig’s fairytale door, and light filled studio, where artist-owner Jane Harlington is waiting to meet me.
It may be the smell of freshly-baked rock buns, or the cheerful wall-to-wall art and local crafts…or maybe it’s just Jane’s naturally beaming smile, but arriving here feels instantly uplifting.
“Perfect timing!” says Jane, laying out five beautiful teacups on a patterned oilcloth. “You’ll be able to meet the Blue Piglets – they come once a week, to ‘play’.”
A tinkling of bells and happy hellos confirms that I have not inadvertently tumbled into Wonderland and that these are the ‘Wednesday ladies’ – one of several informal groups that regularly congregate here.
Art materials pour out over the communal table and the teapot is refilled. There is a lot of talking, and a lot of laughing – this is, in a nutshell, the Blue Pig.
The 10th Annual Barra and Vatersay Produce Show was held in Castlebay Community Hall on September 3 with 210 entrants of all ages from an island population of around 1100.
The show has come a long way since Mary Ann Ferguson, Karen MacLean and Sarah MacLean decided to hold the first one in 2007.
There has not only been a great show of local talent and produce every year but, through the Show, Barra Bunting and Croitear Og were also started and developed.
This year there was a wonderful display from gardens, crofts and handmade items.
It could be said that a new collaboration between artists in the Uists and Germany started with a wheelbarrow – and is now taking the form of an exhibition in Germany.
Back in 2014, Edinburgh-based artist, Hans Clausen, visited Uist as part of a programme entitled Nil By Mouth, which invited artists to explore the topic of food sustainability through residencies and workshops.
Around 15 Uist artists, including Margaret Cowie, were challenged to create a piece of art involving a wheelbarrow. The collection was entitled “So Much Depends Upon…” with the title taken from a William Carlos Williams poem named “The Red Wheelbarrow.”
The project resulted in an exciting trip to Holyrood to display their works. After returning to the islands, an exhibition was held in Nunton Steadings, Benbecula so that locals could also enjoy the work.
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.