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Peter May - The Lewis Trilogy

If you are a fan of the books of Peter May, you may be interested in visiting locations that inspired the books in the Lewis Trilogy, and the places which feature in the companion photobook Hebrides.

For this reason, we have teamed up with the author’s own Hebrides photographer David Wilson, to create a guide to the Western Isles places featured in The Blackhouse, The Lewis Man and The Chessmen.

Want to see where The Blackhouse is set? Explore the real islands from the Lewis Trilogy books? Then read on for the very best inside information on all of Peter May’s Hebrides literary locations!

David Wilson explains: “In the area around the township of Ness can be found many of the locations mentioned in all three Lewis Trilogy books as this is the place where Fin was raised and to which he returns.

“The Skigersta slipway where Fin finds his father’s old purple boat is overlooked by the three cairns and his auntie’s house where he was raised after his parent’s death.

“Also there is the township of Adabroc where Peter imagined Fin had grown up, although he re-named it “Crobost” , and the Free Church at Cross where Donald preaches (Peter “moved” this to Crobost!)

“Of course, “Blackhouse” opens in the shed at the base of the Ness harbour breakwater, and this pretty, scenic harbour features in many descriptions of the guga boat’s departure and return. Beside this is the beautiful beach of Ness, with the low cliffs where the boys dropped crabs on the girls below, and a must-visit is the nearby rugged headland where the Butt lighthouse marks the very edge of Europe.

“The glorious bay at Uig, south west Lewis, has many of Fin’s locations around it- Whistler lives at Ardroil as does Minto and the ancient little graveyard at Baile na Cille must be one of the most scenic in Britain. Overlooking the bay are the mountains, including Mealaisbhal, where Fin and Whistler have several scrapes, and a great trip to take by boat (Seatrek at Miavaig) goes out to the islands and literally into the caves where the fatal scene occurs in “The Chessmen”

“For walkers, the beehive dwellings at Morsgail are a couple of miles off the road to Uig, and walking on beyond them takes you to the site of a genuine “disappearing loch”

“Also for walkers, a “must see” is the Bridge to Nowhere and the Road to nowhere- scene of the scooter race in the Chessmen. This can be found at the very end of the road up the east side of Lewis from Stornoway and is beside the fabulous beaches of Gearaidh and Traigh Mor, Tolsta.

“While in Stornoway, a visitor should also visit the Iolaire monument, featured in Chessmen, which has such an evocative story.

“Finally, the island of Eriskay is a great little location to stroll round, and offers views of Johnny's house (cover of the “Hebrides” book) Ceit’s red-roofed house, the little harbour at Haun and of course the church of St Michaels with all it’s history and the altar made from the bows of a boat. The lane down to the Barra ferry pier overlooks the silver sands of “Charlies beach”, and just over the causeway on South Uist, so famous for it’s machair flora, is the mountain “Ben Kenneth” towering over the township of Lochboisdale, where the homers first land.”

For full details on all the Lewis Trilogy locations mentioned, please follow the links listed below or click on to map view to see the locations.

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  1. Peter May Trilogy - Scarista Graveyard

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    Peter May Trilogy - Scarista Graveyard

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    Scarista, Isle Of Harris

    In The Lewis Man, the investigation of a body found in a peat bog, sees Fin Macleod and Detective Sergeant Gunn travel south following a conversation with Tormod, Marsali's father, where they make a shocking discovery at Scarista cemetery.

  2. Peter May Trilogy - Ceit's (Catherine's) House Eriskay

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    Peter May Trilogy - Ceit's (Catherine's) House Eriskay

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    Eriskay, Isle Of South Uist

    In "The Lewis Man" the Old Post Office that overlooks Haun harbour in Eriskay, is where the young Ceit lived. Ceit had come from an orphanage, and was brought to South Uist by the Catholic Church and "boarded out" to the O'Henley family in Eriskay.

  3. Peter May Trilogy - Bridge to Nowhere

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    Tolsta, Isle Of Lewis

    In the book The Chessmen, the Bridge to Nowhere is the dramatic location of a scooter race by between teenagers Roddy and Strings to battle out who would name the celtic rock band.

  4. Peter May Trilogy - Barvas Moor Shieling

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    Peter May Trilogy - Barvas Moor Shieling

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    Barvas, Isle Of Lewis

    In "The Blackhouse", this shieling on the Barvas moor, marks place where Fin's parents' car left the road as they drove home from a dance in Stornoway. The crash was fatal and so Fin went to stay with his aunt in her cold and miserable house.

  5. Peter May Trilogy - Johnny's House

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    Eriskay, Isle Of South Uist

    In The Lewis Man, the house near the end of the road at Bun a'Mhuillinn, is where Johnny and his brother Peter lived. They had come from an orphanage, and were brought to South Uist by the Catholic Church and "boarded out" to family in Eriskay.

  6. Peter May Trilogy - MacNeil's Bar and The Narrows

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    Stornoway, Isle of Lewis

    In The Blackhouse, MacNeil's bar on the corner of Cromwell Street and Francis Street was the scene of a fight between Fin and Murdo Ruadh, the brother of the murder victim, who had made Fin's childhood a misery

  7. Peter May Trilogy - The Church and Manse, Cross

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    Peter May Trilogy - The Church and Manse, Cross

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    Ness, Isle Of Lewis

    The Free Church of Scotland Church and Manse buildings at Cross were the models for the fictious "Crobost" Church and Manse. In all three books The Blackhouse, The Lewis Man and The Chessmen the church and minister Donald feature strongly.

  8. Peter May Trilogy - Pabbay

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    Uig, Isle Of Lewis

    The caves of Pabbay, a small island just off Reef, Uig, is the location of a dramatic scene in The Chessmen. A boat chase from Ardroil, past Gallan Head, to the caves of Pabbay, ends in tragedy, with Fin and Gunn unable to prevent it.

  9. Peter May Trilogy - Police Station

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    Peter May Trilogy - Police Station

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    Stonoway, Isle of Lewis

    The police station is where Detective Fin Macleod is based on his return to the island, having left as a teenager. He is brought in to investigate the murder of Angus "Angel" Macritchie following a copycat murder he had been investigating.

  10. Peter May Trilogy - Adabroc "Crobost"

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    Ness, Isle Of Lewis

    The fictious village "Crobost" was based on Adabroc. This is where the main character, Fin Macleod was born and brought up. "Crobost" features strongly in all three books, The Blackhouse, The Lewis Man and The Chessmen.

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