On Thursday 24th August 2017 I flew via Loganair from Edinburgh to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. I stayed with my daughter Linda and her man Nick at their home at Balallan overlooking Loch na Deasport. I hired an electric car from Europcar. They offered Renault Zoe electric cars with unlimited mileage. Driving a virtually silent automatic was pleasant but a fully charged battery only has a range of about 80 miles. Europcar didn’t supply a list of charging points on Lewis. I had to search online. Be prepared to spend up to two hours waiting on charging. It sticks at 99% for a while. Some charging points need the cable in the boot and there may be a strict order of connection (charger before car?) to avoid the scary ‘Check Connections’ message implying you’re stranded. Nearly happened to me. We were at Shawbost on the west and had to nurse the car back to Stornoway, making it with only 2 miles to spare. There is no backup battery and towing needs a flatbed trailer.
Tolsta, Lewis #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA
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This gallery is divided into 7 days from Friday 25 to Thursday 31 August.