This year’s trip to the outer Hebrides

We have finalised arrangements for this year’s trip to the outer Hebrides. We are staying this time (the first two weeks of June) in the lochs area of the Isle of Lewis. This is new territory for us and it seems for most other people as well as there are very few images of the lochs area of the Western Isles on the internet. That won’t be the case after we’ve been there.

view down loch Seaforth which has hills on either side of deep blue water

Loch Seaforth is a deep and long sea loch that has the Isle of Lewis on one side and the Isle of Harris on the other. © Paul Carroll

The famous Loch Seaforth bounds the area to the south. This is one of the many places in Scotland Bonnie Prince Charlie landed on his flight from government troops and supporters. However, he found it hard going to get from there to Stornoway further north as it involved crossing many other lochs and lochans in between. Sounds like the kind of place we love to visit and photograph.

The South Lochs area is also the Pairc Estate, which is about to become another example of the land reform gradually sweeping through Scotland. After a ten-year campaign the Pairc Community Trust is about to take over ownership of the land from a private landlord under the community (crofting area) right to buy scheme introduced by the Scottish Parliament in 2003.

Cover of book Harris: Photographic VIew Volume One

Cover from our eBook on the Isle of Harris

We will of course be able to spend another couple of weeks visiting the adjoining Isle of Harris. It now has global recognition from both the National Geographic magazine and Rough Guide as one of the top ten destinations in the world. If you spend any time looking through our Isle of Harris gallery you will see why. Watch out for more coming soon on the wonderful Harris atlantic coastline, the hills of North Harris and the rugged Bays area.

On the last trip we explored some of the west coast of Lewis. The fabulous beach at Uig and the 5,000 year old Callanish stones. We intend to visit more of Lewis including a trip up to Ness. Our picture of the Callanish stones graces the artwork on the fan site of the series outlander ,the new drama being filmed in Scotland just now.

standing stones across the top of a hill in black and white and heavt cloud in the background

The oldest and largest standing stones site in Europe is over 5,000 years old; into neolithic times. Here it is on the Isle of Lewis. ©Mhairi Carroll

We are looking out for great ideas for views to photograph on Lewis, especially the lochs area or the atlantic coastline. Either reply here or head to our contact page to email a request.

 

 

 

 

 

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About photographicviewscotland

Photographers of Scotland's landscape and remote places and arts and craft makers. Mhairi is also making needle felted animals under the name of the Woof in the Wool. We live in Abernethy in Perthshire, Scotland.
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One Response to This year’s trip to the outer Hebrides

  1. LensScaper says:

    I’ll look forward to seeing the results. Hope the midges won’t be as bad as some are predicting they will be this year.

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