Margarita Williams DA was born in Quidinish (Cuidhtinis) Isle of Harris. She studied drawing, painting and textiles at Glasgow School of Art. Her work using dyes in textile design led to her interest in using the transparent medium of watercolour. Mixed media techniques and Japanese woodblock printing feature in her recent work. The inspiration for her work is the spectacular, wild, landscape of the Outer Hebrides, it's changing light, crofting environment, and many wild flowers in spring and summer.
Situated in an environment of outstanding natural beauty at Carloway on the Atlantic coast of the Isle of Lewis, this unique group of restored thatched cottages should be included in the itinerary of all visitors to the island. Step back in time and experience the way of life of a typical crofting township of the last century. See the weaving of the famous Harris Tweed and then stop off to have something to eat in our cafeteria.
Open from 9.30am to 5.30pm (except Sundays) throughout the summer season.
Our most popular trip is a two hour sightseeing and wildlife watching circuit of the rugged island of Ronay. This includes exploring some of the many hidden bays at the foot of Eaval which is the highest hill on North Uist. Drop offs for hill walkers can be arranged. Trips to the Monach Islands take place throughout the summer.
Opened in 2005 the Skoon Art Cafe is a small comfortable cafe selling freshly ground coffee, leaf tea, homemade bread, soup, cakes and biscuits, all made every morning on the premises, with a constantly changing exhibition of original oil paintings by resident artist Andrew John Craig. Open Tuesday to Saturday in the summer (April to September) and Friday and Saturday in the winter (October to March). See website for more information.
A small gallery in Uig, Isle of Lewis displaying pastels, paintings, photography and handmade paper crafts by artists Elsie Mitchell and Derek Scanlan. Both artists take inspiration from frequent walks in the Uig Hills, the beautiful coastal landscape and crofting township which surround the gallery. Derek's expressive pastel drawings and oil paintings capture the light and changing weather. Elsie explores the biodiversity of flora and fauna using photography and paper handmade from plants, grown on a working croft. For more info, please see our website.
Dun Carloway (Dun Charlabhaigh) broch is an extremely well preserved defensive structure built at least 2000 years ago. The double-walled structure provided strength and storage and passageways, and there would have been wooden floors to provide a number of storeys in the building. The remains stand up to 9 metres high but would have been much higher originally. There is an informative visitor centre, small shop and toilets at the site.