Scotland - Western Isles

The Story Behind the Images - Western Isles

The Western Isles (formerly known as the Outer Hebrides) takes in a collection of outrageously beautiful and remote scenic islands off Scotland's West Coast, including the Isle of Lewis, Harris, Benbecula, Berneray, North Uist, South Uist, Eriskay and Barra.

Thankfully the central islands of the Uists, Benbecula, Eriskay and Berneray are linked together by bridges.

I've visited the Western Isles on numerous occasions, drawn not only by the sheer beauty of the islands but by their remoteness. Here you will see pristine sandy beaches stretching for miles without a single soul in sight.

The islands can be bleak in inclement weather, but just when you think there cannot be a more unwelcoming place on the planet the sun will magically appear and you are transported into a magically beautiful place unlike any other in Britain. I will happily put up with the wind and rain in exchange for those amazing moments when the islands are utterly transformed into something incredible.

Favourite Places to Photograph in the Western Isles

  • Callanish Stone Circle, Isle of Lewis
  • Pobull Fhinn Stone Circle North Uist
  • Garenin Blackhouse Village, Lewis
  • Uig beach, Lewis
  • Loch Druidibeg, South Uist

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