Granny's House is set on a working croft where the sheep provide an important source of wool which will eventually be woven into Harris Tweed in the nearby loom shed. Lambing time in spring is the busiest time but the croft is usually clear of sheep from June onwards. There is a small chicken coop out the back of the house where you can gather some eggs for breakfast. Taigh Granaidh is an excellent base for the many activities the area has to offer or simply as a base for a lovely relaxing holiday where you need do nothing at all except turn the pages of your book.
Kenny's 'loomshed' is right next door where he weaves Harris Tweed from both the newer style double width loom but he also has a working traditional Hattersley loom for smaller pieces. He is always happy to share his extensive knowledge of the industry and give demonstrations by appointment. Visitors can feed the pet lambs in the morning and watch the wool from the older sheep being woven into premuim quality cloth in the afternoon.
There are innumerable trout lochs in the area. Just a short walk out the back of the house will take you to a series of three lochs with very different fishing. Tolstachaolais, just 2 miles away, has two fine trout lochs where you may be lucky to see an otter passing, though not so good for the fishing! Garynahine and Grimersta Estates close by offer day rates for salmon and sea trout fishing. Unlike many areas where the visitor might be lucky to catch one salmon for the week if the weather cooperates the lochs and rivers of Lewis and Harris offer the visitor a real chance of a double figure day.
A stones throw from 'Granny's' is Sgianault, a rocky beach where the sand is exposed at low tide. This is where scores of generations went to catch fish, gather winkles or carrageen (edible seaweed) to provide for their families. It's lovely short walk and thoroughly recommended for an immediate peaceful fix. Catch the low tide and explore the rock pools and you may just find a scallop on the sandy shore. Birdlife is also in abundance with meadow pipits and wagtails, buzzards, oystercatchers, lapwings, redshanks, dunlin, cormorants, black headed and common gulls and more to be seen on route.
Within easy reach of the Taigh Granaidh are several beautiful beaches. Dalmore and Dalbeg are the closest, swept by the westerly winds straight off the Atlantic Ocean, Dalmore is a regular surfing destination. We would also recommend visiting Bosta on Great Bernera where there is a reconstruction of an Iron Age house open during the summer. Reef and Ardroil Sands in Uig are also well worth a visit but that's just scratching the surface. Bosta, Reef and Ardroil are all safe for swimmers.
Callanish Standing Stones are just 5 minutes away by car. Over 5000 years old, there are several stone circles in the area with the main site in the form of a cross with centre circle around a burial chamber. Travel north for more sites of interest to the ancient fortress of Doune Broch in Carloway, explore Garenin Blackhouse Village in Carloway, the Norse Mill in Shawbost and the Blackhouse in Arnol. All within 15 miles of Granny's.
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