Suspension and Disbelief: The Story of the Hebridean Cable Transit Co.

19 Nov 2016 – 17 Jan 2017

“If ever a vehicle was driven in defiance of God’s will, it was across the Barvas moor”.

These were the words of Hugh Morrison: Leodhasach, engineer, visionary, in the aftermath of the Second World War. “What Lewis needs is a modern, sustainable, brave new transport solution”.

His proposal was to build the world’s longest cable car system, one that would stretch almost the entire length of Lewis, from Barvas to Stornoway and south through Lochs to Tarbert.

An Lanntair welcomes you aboard the Hebridean Cable Transit Company in a new exhibition by Philippa Thomas and Hector MacInnes, retracing the journey from its 1948 launch through its glorious heyday and onwards to its subsequent demise. At the centre of “Suspension and Disbelief” will be a completed restoration of the last surviving HCTC cable car gondola.

To follow the progress of the restoration and the exhibition, visit