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A very warm welcome to our Blog / News section.
This is where we will be posting general news and events that are happening around our holiday let 27 Garenin. Places to go, things to see and perhaps the occasional general gossip:) Drop us a line if you think there is anything we might wish to add.

If you are staying at 27 Garenin or just visiting our wonderful Isle of Lewis, we hope have a lovely stay.

New bathroom planned


 Despite arriving in bad weather we found the house warm and comfortable and easy to heat up. We have not been busy in November  due to an unavoidable cancellation by one of our regulars so it is good to know that the house is very habitable in winter. We particularly enjoyed relaxing in the evenings in front of the open fire. 

 Our big project for next season is a completely new bathroom. Lots of trips to Stornoway to choose all the items  and arrange for the installation in February.We will take lots of photographs then but we were too busy with repairs and upgrading to take any this time.

The last morning was very still and calm leading to us arriving at the ferry and realising we had forgotten to turn off the water. Aaah.…. mad dash back to Garenin to turn it off just making the ferry. 

Our old garage, which we spend hours maintaining needed re-felting. This is a labour of love as we do now have the new shed.

So back up after Christmas to finish our bathroom project. 

Cycling in Lewis and Harris



There have been some great TV programmes and videos of cycling in the Outer Hebrides but this one is interesting as it shows the new cycling Hub in Stornoway, road biking, mountain biking and the delights of the new trails in the castle grounds. there is something for everyone. The Hebridean Way is proving the most popular but you can miss out on many small coastal places if you just wizz down the island.

I would recommend the new cycling hub in Stornoway. I popped in and was impressed with the equipment in the shop. Good cafe as well. I spoke to the guy there on a previous visit and he is willing to come across to the house to repair bikes for cyclists. Cyclists are welcome at our house and we have storage facilities for bikes.  As there are so many historical place near to our house, not to mention beaches and art galleries,it could make a nice cycling trip and the longer routes are also righ on your doorstep. i am quite happy to help with info on cycle hire.I cycle myself and still have a lot of exploring to do in the islands. I have done the Hebridean Way long before it was classified as such. 3 weeks of sunshine absolutely brilliant  - but that was on our second attempt.

Maintenance and renovating week


By this stage in the season there are always issues to resolve and renovations required at the house. This year I discovered my  very new washing machine had broken down as people have been washing single items and putting stress on the motor. So brand new machine being installed today and let's hope it lasts.

This spurred me on to look around the property and make a few changes. I bought new lamps and a new carpet for the living room. I also dismantled the bookcase and I should have taken photographs of me struggling to remove the old bookcase and put in a smaller one. I also sorted all the books and have another smaller bookcase in a bedroom. There is still lots of reading material but I also took 100 books to the charity shop. Sometimes when you rent a house a fresh eye is required to keep things interesting and relevant.

I also do like to listen and act on visitors comments and there have been a few about the bathroom recently - mainly because there had been a leak from the bath to one of the bedrooms. Two plumbers and a few discussions later I realised there is a fault in the plumbing. Rather than patching it up we are moving plans ahead a year and intend having a completely new modernised bathroom. Plans are ready to be approved so all very exciting. I often wonder what my family would make of this renovated house but for me its been an interesting project and great to see it still going strong. I should have photo record of all these changes but am usually too busy to take photographs.

The summer is stilll with us and I was still able to enjoy sitting outside in the early evening for a short time. I also had to schedule in dog walking so some lovely times on Dalbeag and Dalmore beaches with the dog. For the first time I noticed signs asking people to keep there dogs on a leash near livestock and I think there has been a problem with unsupervised dogs. I welcome dogs to the house but would ask all visitors to ensure they are properly under control in this fragile crofting area. The ground around the house is enclosed and I spend some time checking areas where dogs could get under the fence. I'll keep improving this.

My other project is starting to develop a garden. I have tried this unsuccessfully previously but I am defeated by the fact that I am not there enough in winter, However, I have now planted some sturdy and resilient bushes so will continue with this next year and look forward to developing some  sheltered areas.  

Superb week with endless sunshine and long nights Part 1


picnic basketGarenin




The picnic basket proved a real bonus as we used it on the beach at Garenin in the evenings. Check out the sunsets on Garenin beach. The sun dropped at about 9.30pm each night and was a really magical time. One night the mist rolled in very quickly as and quickly disappeared next day and we were back to glorious sunshine. The picnic basket is in the shed for guests to use.

The permanent daylight made the days seem very long and it was hard to work out the time. One morning I found myself out with the dog at 4.50am thinking it was morning. We both went back to bed briefly. I had put blackout blinds on two bedroom windows but not on the third so i will recifiy that on my next visit.     

The wonderful beaches of Dalmore and Dalbeag just a few miles from the house. There is a new gallery at Dalbeag and the owners have put seats around the headland for people to sit and enjoy the sounds of the sea and the seabirds. It's a very calming place. The waterlilies on the loch at Dalbeag are magical and Dalmore is so expansive you could walk on it all day.

Preparing for the season


Another trip to Lewis to spring clean the house and organise the new parking and the new shed . it is a great improvement to have the shed to accommodate the barbecue and beach items and to allow storage for walking boots, cycles, surf boards and dog equipment. We even bought a new dog crate. We are very keen on outdoor visitors as the area is perfect for activities and we are very much outdoor people ourselves.

We had great weather for the first few days of our visit, which was a bonus - very still with little wind. The end of the week was less favourable but still let us work outside to sow grass to improve the ground after the digger being in and to build up the ground around the new fence to ensure that dogs can not escape! Our regular visitors will appreciate the new parking as it makes access to the house much easier and better for those with disability issues. We have also moved the bins to the new parking area to assist visitors and to help with re-cycling, which is taken seriously on the island.

We also arranged for Tighean Innse Gall to visit to undertake the energy Performance certificate. Obviously a house built in 1951 has a big programme of suggested improvement to meet modern standards but we will keep developing our projects and making improvements to meet standards.

Great to find that the shop and café at Shawbost have re-opened and the Carloway Association is making great strides in developing the new school complex. We try to keep up to speed with all developments so that our folders of information are up to date for guests - another early season task.

Here are the photographs to show our progress.

Great new blog on eating in Lewis and harris



Lovely eye catching blog on eating in Lewis and Harris. People don't always expect the island to offer such good culinary experiences but I have noticed over the years that standards are rising. There are lots of other places not mentioned in this blog ,which I might review to tell you about. Hard work but someone has to do it. We spend so much time working on improvements for the house that we sometimes don't have time to sample everything the island has to offer.

My next trip is coming up shortly as we organise the house for the coming season. All the new towels and bedding are ready to go and a new picnic basket for trips to the beach. The car is always loaded up for these trips although we use local suppliers as much as possible.  

New parking at last -ready for next season


We had a very wintry trip to Lewis

in January. We had hoped to travel on the 11th but the ferry did not run. The next day we arrived about 2pm and we found that AMK Tipper Hire from Callanish had already knocked down the old oil structure and had the re-enforced concrete ready to lay as foundations for the parking.

This was despite very severe weather, which worsened throughout the afternoon. The enormous digger certainly flattened the ground  but the driver was very skilled and dug new drainage as well. By 4.30pm in the afternoon the foundations were dug out.

The weather worsened the next day and the digger could work for only one and a half hours. Unfortunately we had to leave for a family event but much to my delight I received these pictures of work in progress and by the beginning of the next week " job done"

Even with stormy weather Lewis is a magic place and we managed to walk into the shore and see the crashing waves and  hardy sea birds.

On our next visit we will lay paving stones, mend the washing line and generally tidy up ready for our visitors.

The work is a big improvement on the parking and the new shed will be great for picnic ,barbecue and sports equipment. I'm sure our regular visitors will see a difference.

wE are very excited and look forward to welcoming you all this year.

New parking planned


after many discussions with numerous people we are planning to develop new on site parking this winter ready for bookings next year. Garenin has become quite a busy place in the summer with an increase in tourists visiting the Blackhouses. So we decided that parking nearer to the door would be helpful for visitors.As part of this package we are taking down an old building structure and putting up anew shed,which will be great for sports equipment,clothes drying etc i am quite excited about it as i have wanted to erect anew shed for the last few years but thos has to be a carefully thought out project in Lewis when we are near to the sea and coping with strong winds in the winter.. We will photograph the whole process if possible as we are just about to go to Lewis to start on initial work.We will keep you posted!

An interesting trip to Harris


it is well worth trip to the new Harris Gin distillery in Harris and the video will give you a flavour of the product.You can bring some back to Garenin and enjoy it by the fire in the evening.

I have just been up for another visit and to organise a few changes as ever and make sure everything is in its place. Quite a few returning guests this year and especially in the autumn weeks so we must be doing something right.

It always strikes me how bright the skye is in Lewis even with the weather becoming more autumnal. We managed out for walks every day and saw dolphins from the boat on the way back, so a relaxing trip although too short.


Photo essay from Carloway to Uig


The guardian newspaper has produced a very comprehensive picture essay of the road from Carloway to Uig with some lovely pictures and also a potted history of the history and landscape. It celebrates the remoteness but is also inclusive of the many things you can do starting from my house. I hope you enjoy it. -

Scotland's rocky road: a journey to the edge of Lewis – a photo essay

Travel bloggers views of the house and island


I have just had a travel blogger visiting the house and am posting her blog and video. I think it is always good to try out different ways of bringing Garenin to a new set of visitors Well worth a look at it gives an impression of the house, which I think is accurate but also good to see through someone else’s eyes. They got very good weather, which adds to the experience. As she says we try to make the house very family friendly and it is used by my own family regularly.



Simultaneously another travel blogger shared her experiences and this gives a different view of the island as it is all about excitement and activity showing Lewis can offer many different experiences


New website and renovations


My new website is finally up and running with some great pictures and lots of information so I hope you enjoy it and find that it gives you all the information you need. We have been working hard over the winter and early part of this season to upgrade the house so I hope returning visitors notice some of the improvements. My Visit Scotland quality assurance report noted the standard and comfort of the new beds so enjoy.

I am just back from a visit and realised how bright the house is for most of the day with the wide open Lewis skies. It certainly wakes you up early in the morning. All the rooms are bright but the back bedroom catches the first of the early morning light and the kitchen in the evening.

The outdoor furniture is in position to enjoy this great weather we are having and there is a barbecue( in the garage) for those who want to catch the last of the sun. Let's hope it lasts.

I have also left a nature diary along with the binoculars this year as so many people come to enjoy the natural beauty of the place. Last year a friend and I spotted a golden eagle on the Carloway/Dalmore boundary and it hovered just above the car and then again several times on the Carloway side of the Pentland road. She is very "eagle eyed" and a great spotter of birds/animals etc

The cows have moved on from my croft  - off to pastures in Skye. They were a great entertainment for visitors last year. Once the ground has recovered from being churned up by the cows the sheep will be back to graze there.

I took my friends around quite extensively on this visit, and especially to Harris where there is a new restaurant and community facility overlooking Luskentyre beach, which must have one of the best views in the world and the food and service were good.

We also visited the new Harris Gin distillery in Tarbert - also worth a visit. Harris is really opening up  -lots of galleries and crafts to visit on a wet day - we sampled a few and they were worth a visit. The Seallam genealogy centre is quite unique and very informative. 

We also walked over from Bosta beach in Lewis - where the cows have free rein. There is a signposted house from the iron age broch. It is about 2 miles at most and not hard walking. Bosta is a lovely sheltered beach with one of the bells which are on 12 beaches around the UK. It's a sheltered beach and worth a visit. En route you pass the community hall where there is a superb museum, which gives a great history of Bernara and you can get a good cup of tea and home baking.

On our next trip we plan to continue with the saga of the shed....for my next blog

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