Friday photo; Scalpay School

 Last night Scalpay School kicked off their programme of events to mark the school’s closure in 2012 with an informal ceilidh evening to gather memories, photographs and artefacts of the school history.  There was a fantastic turnout to the event, and all enjoyed looking at the huge photographic collection that the school already holds.

Also on display was this lovely little exercise book from 1935.

The annotation at the top reads ‘D R Morrison, the Village, Scalpay, Harris, who had it in custody – Mr Maclean left the jotter book in the shop – discovered by Dollie later on.’


The text is as follows:

‘As many people know Stornoway Lighthouse is twenty four miles from Glas Island Lighthouse but is very different going by land. People say that from Tarbert Post Office to Stornoway post office there are twenty six miles which seems a great distance and can be all gone over in one hour forty five minutes by car. First of all of course one has to find a car which is running from Tarbert to Stornoway, that is if one goes by land. Usually one goes into the car at the pier and one hour forty five minutes after that one finds himself at Miller’s garage in Stornoway. Before one can reach Stornoway he has to go through other villages such as Kinloch, Carloway and others. Five miles from Stornoway the road is very…’

What a great little find!  Scalpay School is looking for more material like this, so if you have anything that you think may of interest, or you would like to be included in their memory gathering project, get in touch with them at

About David Powell

Project Manager and Archivist with Tasglann nan Eilean Siar
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