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BLS EARLY SPRING MEETING 2021 – North Harris, Outer Hebrides

17th April 2021 to 24th April 2021

Event Description:

BLS EARLY SPRING MEETING 2021 – North Harris, Outer Hebrides

Saturday 17 to Saturday 24 April 2021

COVID-19: This is the meeting originally planned for May 2020


Local contact: Tristan ap Rheinallt


The spring 2021 meeting will be on North Harris. Lichen-wise this is a much under-recorded area of Scotland. This is the first BLS meeting on the Outer Hebrides.


Meeting base

The meeting base is The Scaladale Centre, Ardvourlie, Isle of Harris, HS3 3AB. The Centre lies 15 miles (half an hours drive) south of Stornoway, Lewis and 11 miles north of Tarbert, Harris.


Website: https://www.scaladale-centre.co.uk/


Accommodation and costs

The BLS has booked the whole of the Centre on a self-catering basis. There are 6 bedrooms of varying sizes, which are being utilised to provide up to 18 bed spaces. Because of the limited number of rooms single accommodation will not be available.


The cost for the week in 2020 was £179 per person. Sheets / duvets / towels are provided. (note: costs for 2021 are to be confirmed).


For a map of the area have a look at:




Attendees should book with the Field Meetings Secretary, Steve Price,
email: fieldmeetings@britishlichensociety.org.uk or by post to Woodlands, Combs Road, Combs, High Peak SK23 9UP and send him a £35 deposit, cheques payable to 'The British Lichen Society' (not 'BLS' please). If members prefer to pay by bank transfer please request details from the Field Meetings Secretary.



The meeting will run from Saturday 17th when we will gather after dinner for an introductory meeting. We vacate the accommodation in the morning of Saturday 24th.


Further details of the field programme will be sent out to attendees nearer the time of the meeting.


Transport to the meeting

Caledonian MacBrayne operate ferries from Ullapool to Stornoway and Uig to Tarbert.

The bus service W10 (Stornoway – Leverburgh) connects Scaladale with both Stornoway and Tarbert.



These OS 1:25000 maps cover the field sites currently under consideration:

Explorer 456 - North Harris & Loch Seaforth (the meeting base is on this map)

Explorer 455 - South Harris

Explorer 457 - South East Lewis

Explorer 459 - Central Lewis & Stornoway