Isle of Eriskay

There's a great story behind the name of this pub on the Isle of Eriskay

posted on 09/10/2019 by JohnH

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ClimbEveryMountain   on 13/10/19 @ 19:27 said:

I've never heard of the Isle of Eriskay. Where is it?

JohnH   on 14/10/19 @ 19:24 said:

The Isle of Eriskay is in the Outer Hebrides and lies between Barra and South Uist.

jo_jo   on 14/10/19 @ 19:39 said:

Will be passing there next year John to cycle the Hebridean Way. Is that what you were doing? 🙂

JohnH   on 14/10/19 @ 21:06 said:

jo_jo: ps, do you know the story behind the pub's name, I can either tell you or you can discover it on your trip.

jo_jo   on 15/10/19 @ 19:45 said:

I think I have already read about this pub. Wasn't it named after a ship which sunk laden with Scotch whisky? 🙂

JohnH   on 15/10/19 @ 23:05 said:

yes, in February 1941 the SS Politician ran ashore on Eriskay and there were over 260,000 bottles of whisky on board which the islanders put to good use!!! Compton MacKenzie based his book Whisky Galore on the incident as did the Ealing Studios who made a film of the same name

ClimbEveryMountain   on 19/10/19 @ 7:13 said:

Thanks for the information. The Hebridean Cycle Way looks a stunning route. I visited Lewis a few years ago for a celtic music festival and took my bike. Some wonderfully quiet roads and beautiful vistas. Hope to see more of the chain some day.

JohnH   on 19/10/19 @ 18:07 said:

You won't be disappointed with the rest of the islands, I was there twice this summer and I'll be back again come the spring.
When you visited Lewis for the festival did you get much time to cycle around?

Snowsnowsnow!   on 26/11/19 @ 9:27 said:

Hello John!
Lovely island isnt it- ive swum twice on the lovely beach adnspottd otters in the inlet over the other side (where the road goes)

JohnH   on 26/11/19 @ 19:34 said:

Snowsnowsnow!: Hi, I was very lucky in the the weather was excellent and I'd a great lunch in the pub but I have to admit that I only had a paddle!!! I never got fully under!!

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