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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 - Purple Boat at Skigersta Harbour

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    Ness, Isle Of Lewis

    Skigersta harbour features in The Blackhouse. Fin's father's boat is thought to be the purple boat. "A trick of Photoshop." says David Wilson. Fin's father was renowned for painting everything purple after finding a drum of purple paint!

  2. 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

  3. Peter May Trilogy - Whistler's House Ardroil

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    Peter May Trilogy - Whistler's House Ardroil

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    Uig, Isle Of Lewis

    In "The Chessmen", Whistler's house is thought to be an old converted blackhouse with its tin roof and Suaineabhal rising behind it, overlooking Ardroil Bay. Whistler was a teenage friend of Fin's made whilst at school in Stornoway.

  4. 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.

  5. Peter May Trilogy - Port of Ness Harbour

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    Peter May Trilogy - Port of Ness Harbour

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    Ness, Isle Of Lewis

    In the "The Blackhouse", the boathouse at Port of Ness is the dramatic location where the body of Angus "Angel" Macritchie was found. Detective Fin Macleod, originally from Crobost, is sent from Edinburgh to investigate.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Peter May Trilogy - Lochboisdale Pier

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    Peter May Trilogy - Lochboisdale Pier

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    Lochboisdale, Isle Of South Uist

    Ben Kenneth is the hill that looms over the port of Lochboisdale. The port is featured in "The Lewis Man". It is where the orphaned "homers" - Johnny, Peter and Ceit were unceremoniously deposited on the pier to meet their future families.

  9. Peter May Trilogy - Sollas Beach

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    Sollas, Isle Of North Uist

    Sollas beach in North Uist, where light aircarft occasionally land, was the location of a dramatic scene involving drug smuggling which was featured in the book The Chessmen.

  10. 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.

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