Visit and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Barvas, Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles), on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, is 12 miles North West of Stornoway and, divided into an upper and lower village, is one of the more considerable Lewis townships. On the island, it is regarded with respect as the place of origin of the now growing policy of re-seeding — that is, the reclamation of barren moorland for pasture by the cultivation of grass. As long ago as the Napoleonic Wars, the minister of Barvas encouraged his parishioners to cut back the moorland and enrich the land by mixing with it powdered sea-shells and other material from the shores. He had some small but definite success. The policy, however, was abandoned after Waterloo.
After the Second World War, Lewismen remembered the minister of Barvas, and, with the aid of modern chemicals (based on the seashell device) began re-seeding again. Barvas, as befits its history, was the first place where re-seeding was resumed. Now it has spread all over the island, notably at Garynahine and Brue.
Barvas stands at the cross-roads between the main route on the West side of Lewis southward from the Butt of Lewis and the road from Stornoway to the East, and in appearance is a characteristic Lewis township. It straggles lengthily over the flat surface and is, by reason of its history, primarily agricultural rather than devoted to fishing.
Nearby islands: Isle of Harris
Nearby towns: Stornoway, Ullapool
Nearby villages: Carloway, Shawbost
Have you decided to visit or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a bed and breakfast (a B&B or b and b)
- a guesthouse
- a hotel (or motel)
- a self-catering establishment, or
- other accommodation