“See and don’t come home without Murdo now!” – it was an excited mother’s joke, waving cheerio to her daughter who was heading into Stornoway to meet her brother off the Iolaire.

Murdo Maclean, aged 31, from Leurbost, was due home on January 1, 1919 – but, like 200 other souls on board alongside him, he never made it.

For HMY Iolaire, hit the rocks at the Beasts of Holm at 1.55am on the blackest of nights, in a rising gale. She sank 90 minutes later, at 3.25am.

Ealasaid Chaimbeul (Elizabeth Campbell) was born in Barra in 1913 and completed her autobiography shortly before her death in 1981.

First published by Acair in Gaelic in 1982 it has now been republished in the original Gaelic and with a supporting English version by Mary Flora Galbraith.


A hedgehog loses her blanket, and needs a helping hand from her friends to find it again.

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A storybook that shows children that nighttime noises are not as frightening as they may seem!

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