Tolsta Chaolais village, across Loch a' Bhaile
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Tolsta Chaolais (also Tolastadh Chaolais, Tolstadh a' Chaolais) is a village on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland. It consists of about forty houses, clustered around Loch a' Bhaile, about 1 mile (1.5 kilometres) from the A858 road between Callanish and Carloway. The name has a Norse element, Tolsta, combined with a Gaelic element, Caolas, and means "Farm by the Strait". Tolsta Chaolais is in the parish of Uig, and has a building as a place of worship for all denominations.
In 1979 the village was photographed by Fay Godwin as part of a landscape photography project funded by the Arts Council of Great Britain. One of Godwin's photographs of Tolsta Chaolais was published in her 1985 book of rural landscapes, Land.
In 2013, the village was the location of much of the filming for the CBeebies children's television programme Katie Morag.
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Fay Godwin was a British photographer known for her black-and-white landscapes of the British countryside and coast.
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Katie Morag is the television adaptation of the series of books by Mairi Hedderwick. The programmes follow the adventures of Katie Morag whose life on the fictional Scottish island of Struay is full of stories of jealousy, bravery and rivalry and peopled by an annoying little brother, busy shopkeeper parents, a perfectly perfect best friend and a couple of grandmothers who between them know everything about everything. The series was produced by Move On Up with support from BBC Scotland and commissioned by the BBC's CBeebies and CBBC channels. It also airs on the BBC's Gaelic channel BBC Alba. Don Coutts directed the series which Margaret Matheson produced and Lindy Cameron executive produced and edited.
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