Portvoller

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Portvoller
Scottish Gaelic: Port Mholair
View over Loch an t-Siumpain - geograph.org.uk - 495770.jpg
Loch an t-Siumpain is in the centre of the picture, with the houses of Portvoller beyond
Portvoller is located in Outer Hebrides
Portvoller
Portvoller
 Portvoller shown within the Outer Hebrides
Language Scottish Gaelic
English
OS grid reference NB561366
Civil parish Stornoway
Council area Na h-Eileanan Siar
Lieutenancy area Western Isles
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ISLE OF LEWIS
Postcode district HS2
Dialling code 01851
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Scottish Parliament Western Isles
List of places
UK
Scotland

Coordinates: 58°15′04″N 6°09′25″W / 58.251°N 6.157°W / 58.251; -6.157

Portvoller (in Gaelic, Port Mholair) is a small village on the north tip of the Eye Peninsula (also known as Point), on the Isle of Lewis in northwestern Scotland. It is 9 miles (14 km) from the Outer Hebrides' only town, Stornoway Portvoller is situated on the A866.[1] Portvoller is within the parish of Stornoway.[2]

About the village[edit]

Portvoller contains a butcher[3] and a nursery, but its most prominent feature is the Tiumpan Head Lighthouse, which is located at the northernmost tip of the village.[4] The village also has two churches, one practicing the Free Church faith and the other Church of Scotland (although the latter has now been decommissioned).

Portvoller is also near some of the Western Isles' best fishing waters, especially rock fishing or beach casting. The headlands that are most popular for these pursuits are known locally as Billy Mor (Bilidh Mhor)[5] and Foitelair (Foitealar).[5] These two fishing hotspots are found about five minutes' walk from the now ruined Portvoller slipway—a walk that can be a treacherous clamber after a squall or downpour. The Portvoller slipway is also near to small and secluded Shinega (Sinigeadh)[6] beach.

Tiumpan Head lighthouse

Etymology[edit]

The village name probably originates from the Old Norse word voller (the plural of vollen, still used in some dialects of Norwegian, which denotes a hill that slants upwards gradually). Indeed, this is a quite appropriate description of the village of Portvoller.

In the period from the ninth to the twelfth century, Viking raids on the island would have been commonplace. When Norway occupied Lewis before the Treaty of Perth and the Battle of Largs, Portvoller would have been a principal landing place for arrivals from Norway.

Surrounding villages[edit]

The village has several others surrounding it, including Portnaguran, Aird, Broker and Flesherin, all of which are served by the one post office, off-licence and shop. All the aforenamed villages are served by the Western Isles Council in terms of public transport and other services.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A866". Sabre. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Lewis, Portvoller". Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Butchers in the Hebrides". Virtual Hebrides. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Lewis, Tiumpan head Lighthouse". ScotlandsPlaces. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Canmore". Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "More Background Information". Point Online. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 

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