A chance to put Tiumpanhead on Scotland’s Whale Trail map is being offered on Saturday (July 28th) by the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust.
HWDT are developing a network of whale-watching and whale heritage sites across the west coast of Scotland and plan to include Tiumpan and its famed spotting opportunities on the trail.
The project’s been funded by the Coastal Communities Fund, with money from the Crown Estates marine assets.
On Saturday HWDT will join the regular monthly community café at Tiumpanhead Community Centre, adjacent to the site of the former Aird School. They’re looking for sea stories from mariners old and young – sailors, merchant navymen or fishermen – and hope to gather tales which explain the special relationship between island-dwellers and cetaceans.
Siobhán Moran, Hebridean Whale Trail Officer, said: “Tiumpanhead has been chosen to become part of an exciting new project, the Hebridean Whale Trail, which will showcase Scotland’s west coast – where land meets sea, where natural and cultural heritage are interwoven. We want to hear your stories – so come along and reminisce about Point, its people and the sea. Share your stories from working at sea, tell anecdotes about exciting encounters with marine life, and show photos and objects that give a glimpse of Lewis and the sea.”
After the café, which is open to all from 11am to 3pm, there’ll be a guided coastal watch from 3.30pm at Tiumpanhead itself, near the lighthouse. There’s already an enthusiastic Shorewatch group which spots regularly at Tiumpanhead, offering tips and advice to visitors who trek up to the spotting vantage point, with its panoramic sea views across Broad Bay and the Minch.
A spokesman for HWDT said: “This Hebridean Whale Trail will showcase some of the best of the west and tell the stories that make this area so special, and further promote Scotland as one of Europe’s premier whale-watch destinations.”