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Uig – Isle of Lewis

This is a curiosity. Gallan Head or Aird Uig Isle of Lewis was transformed from peat-bog into a defence listening post in 1950’s.  The Royal Air Force built RADAR towers used to eavesdrop shipping which continued through the Cold War under NATO ownership. Finally it was sold and is now owned by the Gallan Head Community Trust. Aird Uig is an unusual settlement.  Changing from ugly utilitarian barracks into homely colourful homes. The moorland is also transforming from concrete buildings and groundworks to a whale watching/listening area and night sky observation point. Gallan Head has terrific views out over the Atlantic Ocean. I wish it well in its transformation.

Aird Uig Isle of Lewis, Gallen Head

 

Ex-militarised wilderness

Outbuildings

 

Wooden gangway

 

Outbuilding

 

Concrete Anchor point for towers (now gone)

 

Outbuilding

 

Outbuilding

 

Foundations and groundworks

 

Ex-RAF now crumbling buildings

 

Interior

 

Interior

 

Concrete footings for removed towers

 

Aird Uig Isle of Lewis
Aird Uig Isle of Lewis

 

Loch a’ Rubha Chaoil

 

The plateau

 

Gallan Head moor with Tathabhal and Mealsbhal behind

 

Runha Mòr cliffs

 

Gallan Head peat moorland

 

See more of Uig

 

See Trust web page
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