The Islands of Lewis and Harris and North and South Uist
This gallery is just a celebration of the beauty of the Outer Hebrides in general. I couldn’t see a way of not including these. Scroll down further for specific places
Black House Village
On the wonderfully rugged island of Lewis you can visit the Black House Village, otherwise known as the Gearrannan Blackhouse Village. There are plenty of attractions on site, including accommodation and a museum but what I like most is the sense of what life would have been like in the Hebrides.
The Black Houses are relics of a former day. The walls of these houses were built from four to nine feet thick to withstand the force of the gales that sweep unbroken from the Atlantic. The rook was set on the inner wall to prevent it from being lifted off by the winds.
Callanish Standing Stones
These standing stones have a special place in my heart; my mother’s maiden name is Macauley, a derivative of Clan MacAulay who dominated this land and who would have worshipped at this site for centuries.
It is one of the best examples of an aligned stone circle in Britain; 48 of the original 75 stones are still standing.
Luskentyre, Island of Harris
On the right day on the West Coast of Scotland, there is nowhere more beautiful in the world, as these pictures attest.
The beaches on the western coast of the Long Isle have no peer. Here the sands of Luskentyre on Harris sweep magnificently away, silvery and unpeopled. The sands are largely the result of the weathering effect of the Atlantic winds – those same winds that keep the beaches unused.
It always amazes me that people from Britain will spend a small fortune to travel to New Zealand and they come back waxing lyrical about the scenery. It makes me want to ask; “Have you been to the west of Scotland?”. A few hours drive away, for most British people, would see them amongst some of the most stunning scenery in the world.
Just the crossing from North to South Uist is worth a visit. Watch out for those Otters now!
On North and South Uist, there is almost more water than land, so many are the loch and inlets. It makes for a haven for wildlife and wildlife photographers alike. The ever changing light on these islands make it a challenging but rewarding subject to capture.
To get over to the Isle of Skye, take the Lochmaddy to Uig ferry.
From April to October and takes an hour and 15 minutes. Check the CalMac ferry timetable; on some days there are two sailings, on others there is just one sailing.