Day 4. Journey To Lewis! Islands In Complete Fog!

July 24th 2019

Such comfort. Such calmness. Such tranquillity.

Sleeping in a bed definitely gave us the energy to continue onwards and beyond.

To maximise this energy power, we had our breakfast in the inn, where I ate sausages, beans, toast and a bowl of granola cereal (which I sweetened with a bit of honey). The food, just like the bed, was very nice. I had a refreshing glass of apple juice to help the medicine go down.

Once entering our travel companion, we left the open spaced island of South Uist, leaving the white ponies behind, however, stayed with the lush grasslands as we drove onto Isle Benbacula.

This isle had such a sharp contrast. One minute we where trekking through plain grasslands, next minute our feet where trailing through the fluffy sand. Some people say “this doesn’t look like Scotland” comparing it to more to the likes of the “Caribbean”, albeit, I’d more likely say “This is what I’d imagine true Scotland looking like.”

This is Scotland and it has my heart.

Trying to leave the beach to return to the car was the most fitting part of the trip to my blog name – Lost In Travel. As we, of course, got lost following Lauren’s direction. We ended up stomping our way through shrubbery before having to climb over a fence.

The most anxious part of the holiday came next. The ferry from Northern Uist left for Leverburgh, Harris at 1.30pm and due to our circumstances of leaving early, this wasn’t the slotted time for us. We could have been left for the next ferry at 5pm…

That wasn’t the case though, as we just got fitted on, being one of the last 3! It was a tight squeeze, but thankfully we all got on safe & sound.

The ocean was at its most peaceful on this journey to the Isle of Harris. The waves gently swooped by the boat, meanwhile, geese paced up and down the sea, randomly.

1 hour later and a refueled car and we were ready to take off once again. Harris holds a special place in my heart, Southern-East being my 1st lads holiday. The contrast of this isle is like nothing I’ve ever seen:

Western Harris being home to the many greatest beaches and salt marshes. I glanced Luskentyre in complete astonishment as it got me thrilled to officially see it on Friday.

The other part of the island was more like last time – Eastern Harris. This was covered in the ancient rugged rocks with many lochs sparkling in the rays of the Hebridian sunshine.

The most mind-blowing view came on the journey to Northern Harris. The fog erased the scenery and instead everything had to be up close and personal. It was a unique view to say the least.

We got to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis at 4.30pm travelling past the shops and airport to our cottage. Stornoway is the most populous part of the Outer Hebrides and even though it has an Argos & a Tesco, it doesn’t have a Greggs or a McDonald’s!!

My nickname for our recently booked due to weather conditions cottages are “roof houses” as it has a fascinating concept in design. This cottage is much more relaxing than car, tent, sleeping in the same bed as my sister last night, and what Lauren says “much better than being in the room with Dad snoring! ๐Ÿ˜‚”.

I got a kebab from a local kebab shop in Stornoway and we chilled out for the rest of the evening.

Tomorrow, we are going to travel around (my island) the Isle of Lewis, checking out the Callanish Stones in the morning and going as far north as the butt! Stay tuned ๐Ÿ˜

Day 3. Barradise! Beautiful Day On Uist!

July 23rd 2019

Sleeping in the car was one of the worst sleeps I’ve ever had – and hyperbole is acceptable in this situation. I am too lanky to be stuck in a squared area. I need room. However, I would rather be uncomfortable than the wind blowing the tent down during the night!

Yesterday, I moaned and nagged about how horrible the weather was and how this was making it difficult to enjoy our time away. The mood of the clouds lowered our mood to the same level. I hated it. Thankfully, keeping my fingers crossed allowed a gorgeous Summer Sun to swoop in and like a superhero, save the day! The temperature was decent and even though we had light-hearted breezes, Summer remarkably arrived to the Outer Hebrides.

We woke up at 4.30am due to the struggles of sleeping in a jam-packed vehicle. This gave us a perfect view of morning travelling over Barra. Everything beyond our eyes just glowed and flickered. The turquoise waters looking so unnatural. A view only left to the imagination was right in front of me.

We drove away from the campsite rather early to see Barra before we set sail to the next island. Of course, the weather has forced us into operation B; getting our travels done quicker so we can chill out without the fear of being stranded without shelter.

The isle of Barra lived up to its “Barradise” nickname. The smooth beaches and crystal clear waters made this an exceptional paradise to snap photos and feel the hard-hitting winds on the sand dunes. Landing at Barra Airport is on the beach which is definitely on my bucket list – that sounds awesome!

Barra was quite small – we got around the island fairly quickly. Next stop was travelling over the stone bridge connected to the lonely island of Vatersay. This isle had fewer houses and is an ideal spot to just stand, breath and take everything in without disruption.

We saw the iconic gate that led the Sandy path to one of the many Vatersay Beaches. I’ve seen this broken gate photographed on my Instagram many times, leaving me knowing this was something I had to capture myself. After this, we paid respects to the plane that crashed on the island during WW2. The backstory to this was that a plane was returning soldiers home, however, tragically, it crashed and laid rest to the soldiers. The eery plane parts sit at the crash-point to this day. It was upsetting.

At around 9.30am, we left Barra – but confident, we got everything done that we wanted to see – and headed for the Isle of Eriskay. This was a smaller ferry to the previous and mainly due to the duration only lasting a solid 40 minutes. During this time, we ate croissants for breakfast and spotted seals lazily lying on the rocks in the middle of the wavy waters.

Eriskay & South Uist was a sightseeing dream. Beaches stretched for miles and the view was stunning. I couldn’t believe my eyes at certain parts! The weather was gentle on us day which allowed us to go on walks, watch dragonflys dance through life and see historical points of interest, such as: hills that used to situate a burial of mummified corpses!! When did we head to Egypt?

Ottersaurs > Loch Ness Monster

My Parents, luckily, managed to find a B&B for us to sleep the night in South Uist and it seems cosy so far. We also got dinner, which I went for a lamb curry (most likely made from the nearby sheep wandering the area) which was very tasty.

I am looking forward to a decent sleep before we head to North Uist then over to the magical island of Harris & Lewis in the morning.

Day 2. Ferry To Barra! Weather Is EXTREME!

July 22nd 2019

Drip, drip, drip, drip, drip was the thundering noise that echoed of our wet, blue tent. I must have sleeped a little, but it certainly never felt like it with all my tossing and turning! That was expected though. We are camping after all…

Oban was covered in the horrible weather when we got up at 6am and prepared to leave. There wasn’t much we could do. Our ferry for the Isle of Barra was called in 4 hours earlier than it was due! This severe weather was uncontrollable and sadly, we just had to put up with that…

We got onto the mighty Caledonian ferry at roughly, 10.30am and set sail. Due to previous experience I could tell this was going to be a bumpy ride. I also knew how mouth-watering the pancakes were and decided to have them for breakfast.

This ferry was a bit different from the one to Tarbert from Uig. It never had a lounge area, but it allowed access to the outside. This gave me a chance to relax and take the view in for a moment. A moment in chaos you could say. The isle of Mull and mainland Scotland left me with a spectacular sight. I loved it.

Minutes turned into hours as this ferry slowly paced the Scottish waters. Wave after wave, I grew reckless and rather sick. I have never been seasick before and now I sympathise with everyone who gets it regularly. Each wave the ship withstood would make my tummy jump with dizziness. I chose to rest.

However, this may have not been a great idea. My Dad woke me to tell me he saw 2 dolphins leap from the baltic waters. He may have been kidding me on. He does that often. But he doesn’t usually go into that much detail. So I had to believe him. This just leaves me in a mood of emptiness though – I was really wanting to see a dolphin but I missed out because I was sleeping.

The ferry moored in at Castlebay, Barra at 5.30pm. 7 hours later! The ancient castle greeted us into the small town. As we finally made it to the Outer Hebrides!

The beaches and grasslands were ever so peaceful on our drive to Surrival campsite up near Barra Airport. Unluckily, due to weather conditions I don’t think we will see the plane swooping down onto the sands below.

Our day went downhill from here.

Trying to put the tent up was a massive hassle! The wind was vile and nasty throwing obstacle after obstacle at us as the force of the rain soaked us entirely! We gave up. There was nothing we could do.

After a fine shower in the facilities we had to take action. What do we do in this unpredictable weather? It isn’t like we could pack up and go home – we were on an island with timetabled ferries. We also came up here to see the beauty that Instagram has been preparing me for, for weeks. But camping it was out the question. We would be blown into the beach nearby.

Our plan was to shorten our travels. Drive around. See as much as we can in the weather given. Boat it to Uist. Repeat. Boat to Harris & Lewis. Get to Stornoway, where we have suddenly booked shelter for 3 nights. Head to Skye. Go home.

Right now, we are sleeping in the car. I thought last night was tight. This is certainly some experience, but we needed a plan B or we would be homeless on Barra in the pouring down rain.

This holiday isn’t going to plan due to nature taking its course, but we have to go with the flow and hopefully… fingers crossed… the weather transitions to what Summer should be.

In conclusion, even Scottish people aren’t ready for Scottish weather.

Day 1. In Awe With Loch Awe! Camping In Oban!

July 21st 2019

5 years ago was the last time I went camping and to be honest, I can’t remember much of that experience. I never once set up the tent. All I remember is it was an amazing trip away. Rainy. But fun.

I got up at 6am and realised my Parents packed everything into the car the night before. Explains why they weren’t up until 40 minutes later.

Once we were ready to go, we tightly packed into the car as we were surrounded by equipment and stuff coming on the trip. Important items such as a kite etc.

The view was probably amazing on the way to Loch Awe, but I was snoozing so you’ll have to find that out by someone else…

The 1st stop on our trip was Kilchurn Castle. We were greeted by the local highland coos and sheep that acted like dogs… Really.These sheep followed their owners for food, came to be petted and tried to bite bits of wood. Different from the Dolly’s up at Harris, which I am dreading meeting again, once up at the Hebrides.

Kilchurn Castle, home to the Campbell’s when it looked like the usual historic, ruined castle. But every time I walk around the stoned walls, I feel a sense of interest as my imagination spirals down a path of what it used to be like at the time.After Kilchurn Castle, we were desperately in need of the toilet and were getting quite hungry. So we entered the nearby inn. After going to the loo – which was so refreshing to let loose on my pee pipes – I ate a delicious burger with caramelised onions, Isle of Mull cheddar and mustard mayo on it. That filled my stomach with happiness for the whole day.Next stop was St Conans Kirk, which gave us an incredible view of Loch Awe. The loch so calming in this miserable weather that we were suffering. Inside the church was lean, white pillars holding the structure up in God’s name.

There was even a wee mention of Robert the Bruce at Dunfermline Abbey.I never noticed due to car time = nap time, but once we reached Oban and were going to visit Dunstaffnage castle, the rain was coming down hard. We still decided to go and it was cool to look at. I will always take with me the memory of: a pigeon taking shelter in the castle walls – scaring the living daylights out of me! And playing a gigantic game of connect 4 and jenga. This monstrosity survived about 10 minutes before almost squashing my Mum to instant death. Luckily, she has quick reflexes and managed to avoid the tumbling of the bricks.Our 1st campsite is situated with an amazing view! The place is titled ‘Oban camping & caravan park’ and comes with the facilities desired. The torrential rain made putting our tented home up for the night a difficulty.

We did have plans to go out and see Oban but this awful weather has made us rather change plans. It has even made our ferry leave for Barra sail out earlier than expected at 10am now instead of in the afternoon. Let’s hope the weather can pick up a bit!!

Overall, a fun day with some hilarity involved. But you can’t have me without humour. The weather could be a lot better for Summer but unfortunately we don’t have a say in that.I am really looking forward to arriving at our 1st Outer Hebridian island tomorrow and let’s hope I don’t wet myself in this tent as while writing this, I kinda need but I’m mummified in my sleeping bag and don’t want to move as I can hear the crashing of the rain on our tent.

#PrayThatLewisDoesntWetTheBed

Island Hopping The Outer Hebrides: Description

July 21st – August 2nd 2019

Northern Scotland is full of mystery and history. Nature comes into contact with human life and leaves a stunning place for walking, cycling and exploration.

I am thankful to call Scotland my home, however, living in Fife means I am not connected to the picturesque mountains, waterfalls, beaches and wildlife of the north. It is like a whole other country.

This includes the Outer Hebrides. Many islands, isolated from mainland Scotland with their own culture and traditions, this makes them a remarkable place to visit.
If you are a regular for checking out my blogs (thank you!) then you will know I was just at the Isle of Harris – one of the many awesome Hebridian islands – last month with my friends. This was a spectacular trip and allowed me to boost my confidence, friendship and freedom as it was the 1st holiday away from family. This time around, I will be going with my parents and little sister, Lauren as we relax and spend family time with one another, cosy in the confines of a tent.

This island-hopping trip has been in the talks for a while now, and it is finally here. Camping for 2 weeks would be different as I’m usually a hotel person but being closer to nature seems quite calming. I honestly can’t wait!
This blog post is aimed to give you further details on what to expect for my time away in hopefully the sunny unusual Scottish weather we have been having lately:

I will be posting a new blog every single day giving you an insight into my life and life in the Outer Hebrides.
I will also be vlogging my travels and uploading it onto my YouTube channel. I am going to post the parts as each individual island. Check out my YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnWBX2rbkncGWAYBh8WiRHg

Here is the itinerary of this extraordinary adventure coming soon:

OBAN

We won’t be reaching the Outer Hebrides until Monday 22nd July as our 1st day on the road will be spent in the vibrant city of Oban. 

Oban is on the east coast and gives us many things to sightsee including Dunstaffnage castle. Oban will also be the place that we settle for the 1st night and test out our new pop-up tent for the 1st time. Cosy.

BARRA

We won’t be on the 1st Hebridian island until after a 4-hour Caledonian ferry journey – which will differ from the ferry to Harris as I will be experiencing entering the big boat by the luxury of our car.

I wantie go to Barra and I am going to Barra, as I spend 2 nights on the smallest island of the Outer Hebrides.

This island is famous for its scenic plane-landing on the beach, which we obviously aren’t doing but our campsite gives us an overlook on the airport, so it’ll be exciting to watch. This will be the 1st time we experience the breathtaking beaches of the Hebrides, which there will be plenty to photograph on this holiday.

UIST

I believe the Isle of Uist may be the dark horse island of this trip. I don’t really know much about what I am going to encounter but I think it could blow my breath away once I see the solidity of the 3 islands which form Uist.

Uist is made by 3 islands which we will be visiting over the course of 3 nights; Erisksay, South Uist and North Uist. It is well known for being the island that Bonnie Prince Charlie first stepped foot on Scottish turf.

LEWIS

An island that is named after me. Of course. Get me my crown, we are exploring the Isle of Lewis!

We will be spending 2 nights on the most famous of the Hebridian islands and exploring it to its full extent including the most northern point of the island – the butt of Lewis (not as round as mine though ๐Ÿ˜‰) and the ancient blackhouses. It is also well-known for the Lewis chess pieces.

You may remember my blog which conveyed my journey to Stornoway and the Callanish Stones on the Isle of Lewis. I will be returning to these places on the next trip and I’m looking forward to seeing the mysterious standing stones once more. 

If you want to check out this blog post, click here: https://crazylewisinharris.blogspot.com/2019/06/day-3-callanish-stones-stornoway.html

HARRIS

Aah Harris. The good ol’ island of Harry. I have fond memories of this place from only over a month, where I trekked the western part of the island with a fractured foot and cycled in extremely windy conditions, and saw seals! I am wishing I can see the common seals again and much more wildlife – please can I see dolphins!!!

If you want to check out this excursion then click here: https://crazylewisinharris.blogspot.com/2019/06/day-2-cycling-southern-harris-amazing.html

This time around with the comfort of a car, we can embark further around Harris and see the most anticipated beach from the last holiday – Luskentyre. We thought that it would be too difficult to reach that and back by bike in the time constraints of daytime given, so a car will definitely allow us to see the sands of Luskentyre – and fingers crossed the white ponies!

SKYE

One of my most anticipated parts of this holiday isn’t even part of the Outer Hebrides, but is an island nonetheless – the Isle of Skye!

Ever since the bus journey to Uig, Skye to catch the ferry to Harris, I have been excited to see Skye in full detail and amazement. It looks gorgeous with its high cliff faces and magical waterfalls. 3 nights on Skye are going to be dreamy indeed.

GLENFINNAN

On the travel home at the end of our hopefully incredible holiday, we will be stopping off at Glenfinnan to see the railway of the Flying Scotsman – known to take you to the wizarding world of Hogwarts as the Hogwarts Express in Harry Potter.

I’ve already seen the Flying Scotsman but seeing it going over the infamous bridge will be magnificent.

Island Hopping the Outer Hebrides is certainly a holiday for the ages and I hope you guys are going to read all about here and watch the videos once they are published!

If you have any questions or been to the Outer Hebrides before and want to talk to me about it, then reach out to me on my social media accounts, linked down below! 

I can’t wait for another journey of a lifetime ๐Ÿ˜€

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I am Lewis Burzynski, a young Scottish film-student with a dream of travelling the World and living the luxurious life. “Isn’t that what everybody dreams about?” you may be beckoning right now. Therefore, I will give a response on why I believe you should follow me on my crazy path around the globe.

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