Events

Tuesday 19th March '24 - Talk by Ian Stephen ‘Where the Stories Lie’ Free (donations welcome). 19.30, Stornoway Library, Lewis. No restriction on numbers – just turn up.

Saturday 6th April '24 - Walk Guided by Cailean MacLean ‘A Walk through Skeabost History – From the Picts and Calum Cille to Màiri Mhòr’ Free (donations welcome). Meet 14.00, Memorial Hall car-park, Skeabost, Skye. Relatively easy walking (about 3-4 miles), stout footwear recommended, return around 16.00. No restriction on numbers – just turn up.

Saturday 4th May '24 – Talk by Ian McHardy and visit ‘Lost Stone Circles of Lewis’ Kinloch Community Hub, Balallan, Lewis, 11:00, followed by visit by cars and walks to stone circle remains in the Shieldinish area: £10 (IBT members free). Relatively easy walking including some climbing (around 3 miles), stout footwear recommended, return around 16:00. No restriction on numbers.

 Saturday 15th June '24 –Walk guided by Alasdair MacEachen Nuntonhill – Part 1 : ‘Minish and Scaraleod, Benbecula’ Free (donations welcome). Start Market Stance outer car park (Civic Amenity Site), Benbecula at 11.00. Relatively easy walking (around 10 miles in total there and back), take packed lunch and drink. Return by 16.00. No restriction on numbers – just turn up.

Saturday 22nd June '24 – Walk guided by Alasdair MacEachen Nuntonhill – Part 2: ‘Rossinish, Benbecula.’ Free (donations welcome). Start at Marlet Stance outer car park (Civic Amenity Site), Benbecula at 11:00. Relatively easy walking (around 10 miles in total there and back), take packed lunch and drink. Return by 16:00. No restriction on numbers – just turn up.

Saturday 6th July '24 – Walk guided by Franl Rennie ‘A Walk Around Galson’ A guided walk through the township of Galson, looking at features of geological, archaeological, and historical importance, based on excerpts from Frank’s book ‘The Changing Outer Hebrides: Galson and the meaning of place’: Free (donations welcome). Meet 10.00 at car park of Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn offices in South Galson, Ness, Lewis. Easy walking (around 2 miles), sturdy footwear recommended, return around 13:30. No restriction on numbers – just turn up.

Saturday 3rd August '24 –Talk by John Randall and visit ‘The Legend and Mystery of Calbost’s One Night Shieling’. Meet 11:00, West End barn, Calbost, Lewis, followed by guided walk to the rarely-visited Airigh na h-Aon Oidhche,: £10 (IBT members free). Walk around 3 miles over rough and often boggy terrain, stout footwear essential, take packed lunch and drink. Return by 15:00, no restriction on numbers.

Monday 26th August '24 – Boat trip to island of Wiay, Benbecula, Leaving from and returning to Kallin, Grimsay. Meet at Kallin harbour at 11:00, return by 16:00. This event includes a scenic boat journey across the mouth of the North Ford and Loch Uiskevagh, and up to 3 hours ashore on Wiay. Places £75 per person (limit 12 places) Must be booked by 20th August with Alasdair MacEachen email Aemaceachen@aol.com or phone 07721 992047.

Friday 13th and Saturday 14th September '24 – TIREE 2-DAY CONFERENCE ‘In Search of Balephuil’s Hidden Past – Tracing the History of a Tiree Township and its People’. Starting 12:00 noon on Friday 13th September, finishing 18:00 on Saturday 14th September, An Talla Community Hall, Tiree (also accessible online). Full details and booking form.

2024 Events with Details Still to be Finalised

May – Book Launch of Ian McHardy’s new book, A New Guide to the Callanish Stones Date, time, and venue to be confirmed. Free

 May – Book Launch of Marc Calhoun’s new book ‘Thirty Years of Adventures in Search of the Past: The Outer Hebrides’ Date, time, and venue to be confirmed. Free

June - Book Launch of Louisa McLennan new book ‘The Great Auk’s Great Escape’ Date, time, and venue to be confirmed. Free

 Late October – Angus Macleod Memorial Lecture Date, speaker and title of lecture to be confirmed. Free (donations welcome). Gravir, Lewis