North clubs meet for fellowship.

Friday the 14th May saw Rotarians from clubs from Orkney to Kirkcaldy arriving in Ullapool for the start of the District 1010 north annual Fellowship Weekend.  Whilst the weather may have been driech the scenery was stunning and all enjoyed a day sightseeing in Ullapool sampling the excellent coffee shops and visiting the small but tremendously informative Ullapool museum.  Friday evening was spent in the Moorfield Hotel where we were entertained by members of the Ullapool Club at their belated Burns Supper.  Excellent food, good company and well researched and entertainingly delivered speeches about Burns ensured a memorable start to the weekend.  Burns would have been a Rotarian!

Saturday morning dawned grey and wet and those who had previous experience of the ferry trip to Stornoway were a little apprehensive about the rough seas.  However the new ferry, Loch Seaforth, ensured a very smooth crossing enjoyed by even the most nervous sea traveller.  It enabled us to enjoy the beautiful Loch Broom and surrounding area and catch up on some rest.  On arrival in Stornoway we were welcomed by President Hugh and members of the Stronoway club before boarding the bus for a tour of Lewis.  The tour of the islands geography and history with an expert guide proved fascinating.  We learned about Black Houses, the standing stones at Callanish and a myriad of brochs and settlements all interwoven into the history of the island.  We also learned why there are few trees – the wind was strong and constant!  The evening ceilidh was a chance to show our dancing skills and admire the musical talent displayed by the Interact band members.  Traditional tunes were blended with modern interpretations to provide a varied and enjoyable selection of music.  Sunday was time for a sleep in as Lewis is ‘shut’ on a Sunday.  Most enjoyed a walk round Lewis Castle, some window shopping or going to church prior to bidding farewell to our hosts and catching Loch Seaforth for the return journey to the mainland.

This was an all too short but most enjoyable and interesting weekend which gave all an insight into a beautiful part of our country which certainly deserves a return visit.  Our thanks go to the members of Ullapool and Stornoway Rotary Clubs and Stronoway Interact Club for their hard work.