Eoropie, Lewis

It is often gray in the Outer Hebrides, so on the few days when there is bright sunshine, I like to go out for long walks. The walk from Port of Ness to Eoropie is lovely, up a small hill through Knockaird, then down through Fivepenny, and finally to Eoropie on the coast.

Eoropie View
View from Eoropie, Lewis. Eoropie is a lovely short walk from Port of Ness, through Knockaird and Fivepenny. Eoropie boasts a beautiful beach and sand dunes which attract many visitors.

The Eoropie beach is one of a number of beaches in Lewis and Harris that is absolutely stunning. Gorgeous stretches of yellow white sand and Eoropie in particular also has beautiful sand dunes. Unfortunately, motor vehicles are allowed in the sand dunes, which I'm sure are eroding them.

Eoropie Beach
Beautiful beach at Eoropie, Lewis. Eoropie is a lovely short walk from Port of Ness, through Knockaird and Fivepenny.

St. Moluag's Church in Eoropie is a 12th century church that was restored in the 1920's to replace the stones that were stolen in the 19th century to build houses, and to replace the roof. The church was a pilgrimage site for a long time, especially for families with a family member who was "insane". The insane person was subjected to a complex ritual including being bound in front of the alter and left overnight. If they were not better by morning, they were declared incurably insane.

St. Moluag's Church
An old church at Eoropie, Lewis. Originally built in the 12th century, it was one of the earliest churches on the islands. It was restored in the 1920's.