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Peter May Trilogy - Sollas Beach

Sollas, Isle Of North Uist, Outer Hebrides, HS6 5BX

Type:Literary Trail

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Sollas beach is featured in The Chessmen as the location of a drug smuggling tryst resulting in a murder. A light aircraft is found in among the hills in Uig at the start of the book. The story eventually leads to Sollas beach, which is known for its beach fly in, and was where the aircraft had come from on its final journey. The flights to Sollas had started out as an innocent trip,but eventually it became clear that it was a way to smuggle drugs: 

"....'Anyway, she'd read about it somewhere, she said. In some magazine. That it was possible to land a small aircraft on the sands at low tide. It was almost midsummer, and she thought it would be romantic if we could fly up there and land on the beach at midnight, and picnic throught the summer solstice. Maybe even stay overnight. Sleep under the stars' "

Extract from The Chessmen by Peter May

In the summer the village hosts "Sollas Week" with lots of activites, ceilidhs and compettions, usually taking place in July. Stop off at Taigh Sgire Sholais for a cuppa or let your creative juices flow at workshops held at Sollas Bookbinding. If you are interested in Archaeology, it is worth visiting The Udal which was occupied from Neolithic age through to the early 20th century.

The nearby Traigh Iar. is a stunning stretch of white beach, backed by sweeping dunes, which are in turn bordered by the rich machair grasses. The Sands make a great place for a picnic and at low tide you can even walk across to the island of Vallay – once home to linen maker George Beveridge. Vallay, a tidal isand which becomes cut off when the waters rise, has remained uninhabited since the owner was killed in a boating accident and his house now stands in ruins as nature reclaims the land he once prized.

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  1. The Common Buzzard is sometimes described as "The Tourists Eagle". A commonly seen bird…

    0.76 miles away
  2. The Udal is thought to have been occupied from the Neolithic Age right up to the early…

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  3. Sollas beach is a stunning white sandy beach and eaily accessible from the village of…

    1.16 miles away
  1. This dumpy looking finch with prominent white flashes in the wing can often be found on…

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  2. Malacleit is a peaceful crofting village situated on the edge of Traigh Bhalaigh (Vallay)…

    2.45 miles away
  3. Rare flower found only in North Uist!

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  4. Vallay is a beautiful desserted tidal island and is accessible at low tide from Sollas.…

    2.59 miles away
  5. Clachan Sands beach is a stunning white sandy beach which is accessible via the village…

    2.86 miles away
  6. The Cuckoo is often seen along the fence running along the edge of Ben Risary plantation.

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  7. Medium sized, sandy brown, day flying owl.

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  9. Surrounded by rolling moorland and young plantations this is a hotspot for hen harriers…

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  10. This rusty brown, pigeon-sized game bird occurs on the moorland either side of the road.

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  11. The remains of a stronghold occupy the whole of a tiny islet in the middle of the tidal…

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  12. The Outer Hebrides are an exceptional place to see this iconic bird, hosting one of the…

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  13. Loch Bhurigh is easily accessible from the machair to the south of the island.

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