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A Glimpse Into Life in Harris and Lewis

I was delighted, simply delighted, to watch a video concerning the building of a new building for worship on the Isle of Harris and Lewis, off the mainland of Scotland. I have to say that watching the video of the new building, and the people who inhabit it, as well as the simply gorgeous environment made me wish I lived there. If I were only younger...

The specific location was Stornoway. Donations paid for the construction, since the folk could not really afford the building.

The video was about 7 minutes in length. Any of you care to pick up the cost for my family's relocation?

The photo is a print screen photo of the actual building. It is a Kingdom Hall.

Image Credit » Print Screen of Kingdom Hall in Stornoway, edited.

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lookatdesktop wrote on June 15, 2018, 12:23 AM

Looks real nice. Do you really want to move there?

MegL wrote on June 15, 2018, 2:04 AM

The Hebrides and Outer Hebrides are a whole series of islands off the coast of Scotland. Lewis and Harris are two of these.

melody23 wrote on June 15, 2018, 5:19 AM

Lewis is absolutely stunning, my mum's best friend lives there. We drove to Skye over the bridge then got the ferry to Harris before driving round to Lewis, having started out in Ayrshire. The drive took all day (I think it was 8 or 9 hours drive time, plus ferry time). Stornoway is a bit of a strange place in the context of the rest of the island, its got a Tesco (supermarket) and lots of other modern conveniences, although few of them open on a Sunday. compared to the other villages on the island it is very modern. I am slightly surprised that they needed a new church though - there are more churches than people in some of the villages on Lewis! It's a very religious place, you daren't hang your washing out on a Sunday! Actually there are very few things you can actually do on a Sunday, obviously you can go to church but 99% of shops don't open, you cant hang your washing out and aren't supposed to go to work (unless you work in something like healthcare that is totally necessary, or of course a church!), public transport (what little exists there) doesn't run, although in recent years one of the ferries has started running a limited service (there are two ferries to choose from, on in Stornoway, the other is in Harris). they are very old fashioned there compared to mainland Scotland, even compared to the highlands, but its absolutely beautiful - I think I might look at my pictures from when we were there now.

VinceSummers wrote on June 15, 2018, 9:01 AM

It wasn't exactly a church. It was a Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, which previously was a tiny room atop a Chinese Take Out place. The video did mention the residents of the area are quite religiously-inclined. I was just drawn to the place, but it is most unlikely I will ever get to visit it.

Bensen32 wrote on June 15, 2018, 10:34 AM

Looks like some nice open land in the area, I would like that part. Being from a big city, I love the open land.

VinceSummers wrote on June 15, 2018, 10:57 AM

I was from the suburbs of New Jersey. The only way you knew you were in another town was by the tiny sign that said Welcome to __. Some houses might even lie on the boundary-line. I live in the "country" now, though to be frank, it's not open land. Simply larger lots, from about two acres to ten or so acres, with a few exceptions.

Kasman wrote on June 15, 2018, 4:24 PM

As it is in many videos and photographs of Scotland the sun was shining. This is not always the case! The Western Isles can get some very good weather but it doesn't last long. Summer is usually a couple of weeks in early June and maybe another couple in early October. The rest of the time it can be very wet, windy and wild. Because of its position on the map and the fact that the prevailing wind in Scotland is from the west winter storms can be vicious. They have the whole of the North Atlantic in which to pick up moisture and 3000 miles worth of rain are deposited on the first landfall a westerly storm meets - the Western Isles (and Ireland). Anyone contemplating moving there should also pay attention to melody23 's comment!

melody23 wrote on June 17, 2018, 6:25 AM

We got very lucky when we were there a few years back, weather wise - We went mid April and it was lovely. Although that is another good point - don't visit before mid-May if you want to do all the touristy things, as most of them don't open till the official start of the tourist season as we found out when we tried to do a few of them! The roads are also pretty scary, and thats coming from someone who is from rural Scotland - although the roads around Oban are actually much worse!