Portvoller (in Gaelic, "Port Mholair") is a small
villageon the north tip of the Eye Peninsula(also known as Point) on the Isle of Lewis(north west Scotland) 11 miles from the Outer Hebridesonly town ( Stornoway, Outer Hebrides).
About the village
The Village also has a local
Butcherand Nursery (horticulture). The most prominent feature of the village is the Tiumpan Head Lighthousewhich is located at the northerly most tip of the village. The village also has 2 churches, one practicing the Free Churchfaith and the other church of scotland(although this has now been been decommissioned).
The village is also host to some of the Western Isles best
fishingwaters, especially rock fishingor beach casting. The headlands that are most popular for these pursuits are known locally as Billy Mor, and Foitelair. These 2 fishing hotspots are found about 5 minutes walk from the now ruined Portvoller slipway, and can be a treacherous clamber after a squallor downpour. The Portvoller slipway is also near to small and secluded Shinega beach.
There has been a recent influx of wealthy mainland Scots and English incomers to the village, attracted by stunning scenery, relatively low property prices, and very low crime rates. Sometimes those who were brought up in the Island as children return to retire after they have made their fortune elsewhere.
The village name probably originates from the
Old Norseword Voller, which describes a hillthat slants upwards gradually (voller is plural for vollen, still used in some dialects of Norwegian. Indeed, this is a quite appropriate description of the village of Portvoller.In the historical period from the 9th-12th century VikingRaids on the Island would have been common-place. Indeed, when Norway occupied the Isle of Lewisbefore the Treaty of Perthand Battle of Largs, Portvoller would have been one of the 1st landing places when arriving from Norway.
The Village itself has several others surrounding it, including
Portnaguran, Aird, Outer Hebrides, Broker, Outer Hebridesand Flesherin, all of which are served by the one post office, off-licence, and shop. All the aforenamed villages are served by Western Isles Councilin terms of public transport, services etc.
Donald Trump's mother ( Mary MacLeod Trump) was brought up on the Isle of Lewis, and several of her cousins and relatived still live on the island, Including the village of Portvoller.
Scottish Gaelic languageis not the most widely spoken Language in the Village (or indeed Point or Stornoway), with the English languagebeing increasingly more common as people migrate from southern Scotland, and England.
* [http://www.islandsofinspiration.com/portvoller_bay.htm Photo of Portvoller Bay]
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