This blog by Linda Gillard looks at colours, textures and other interests, including what she calls ’emotional geology’. When she visited Howmore her image and impressions were of: ‘The ancient churchyard at Howmore, South Uist. The stones here are encrusted with vividly coloured lichen. (Lichen provided some of the dyes used to make tweed.) At first sight the Hebrides are not very colourful places but if you look carefully there are dazzling hues to be found in unlikely places. The colours seem even brighter in the rain for some reason.’
Here is a timely reminder that sight-seeing is not always about the expansive. It should incorporate the intensive as well as the details of structure. Those that have been evident close to the hostel since ‘time out of mind’ deserve investigation.