On a gray and misty day, we drove up to the Butt of Lewis to go for a walk around the headland. The lighthouse at the Butt of Lewis was built in 1886, and was manned until 1998 when it became fully automated. There has been much discussion about what to do with the residence building, since it is now empty, but no decisions have been made yet. My vote is for a tea house, as a hot cup of tea would be perfect after a long, windy and cold walk around the headlands.
Butt of Lewis Lighthouse
The cliffs at the Butt of Lewis are dramatic, dropping straight down onto rocky bottoms where the sea churns and the waves crash. There are no fences on the cliff edges, which I am glad about as fences would ruin the view. The only accident I've heard about (and for which there is a plaque on the cliff edge) is a young football (soccer for Americans) player who fell off.
The sea cliffs are filled with birds that somehow find small ledges upon which to nest. We saw fulmars, herring gulls, shags and gannets flying around the cliffs.
There are also beautiful wildflowers at the Butt of Lewis, on the sandy soil near the cliffs, including pink sea thrift and ragged robin, as well as beautiful spotted wild orchid.
Wildflowers at the Butt of Lewis
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