Take the main road heading north out of Tarbert (ultimately towards Stornoway), and after 3 miles
take the turning west along a narrow, up and down road (the B887 to Huishnish) which gives you a roller-coaster ride.
A while after passing through the township of Meavaig you will see the entrance gates to Amhuinnsuidhe Castle.
The road runs past the front door, so you can't miss it, but unfortunately you
can't stop to admire the view because of the NO PARKING sign.
Built by the Earl of Dunmore in 1868, it was
recently owned by the Bulmer family of cider fame until its purchase in 2003 by Ian Scarr-Hall as part of a joint bid with the islanders who now own the North Harris estate.
From the foot of the hills, it looks southwards to the two Soay islands and Taransay on a
clear day. You can see salmon leaping in the waterfall during the summer.
In Gaelic Amhuinnsuidhe (pronounced 'avin-suey') means 'sitting on the river'.
The whaling station at Bunavoneadar on the B887 was mentioned by 'Peter Pan' author Sir James Barrie in the play 'Mary Rose' that he wrote in 1920 whilst staying at Amhuinnsuidhe Castle.
My grandmother worked here as a cook when she was just a young girl.