Outer Hebrides Trip – Benbecula and Barra
April 22, 2010
In my last post to the blog I mentioned that I was going to the Outer Hebrides, I’ve now returned from that trip complete with a selection of photos that I’m very happy with. The trip was quite a marathon in terms of the distances travelled in just a short space of time, I never really considered quite how big the islands were until last week!
After an early start on Monday morning I had to head down to Leverburgh on South Harris to catch the ferry across to Berneray and then drive down to Benbecula to do a job there. I was very impressed with Harris, the North is pretty mountainous and the views you get as the road drops down to sea level in the South are lovely.
On Monday evening I had a chance to head out for photos. I’d decided to go to Culla beach which was just a few miles away from the hotel. I walked the entire length of the beach while waiting on the sun to go down and as nice as the beach was I didn’t really feel inspired. That soon changed once the sun started to set, the clouds started to break up nicely revealing a colourful dusk sky. Here are some images that I got on Culla beach.
Culla beach turned out to be a good location.
The following day I had drive down to Eriskay to catch the ferry across to Barra. My work on Barra didn’t take too long to complete which left me with just over three hours to kill until the next ferry back to Eriskay. Someone recommended that I should head across to Bhatarsaigh (Vatersay) which is linked to Barra by a short causeway. I headed across and drove to a location known as Uidh where there is a little cove which looks back across to Castlebay – the main town on Barra. The photos below were taken at Uidh. I don’t normally take photos in the middle of the day in conditions like these as the light is simply too harsh, however seeing as this was the only time I was going to have on Barra then I didn’t really have any choice.
While I was taking pictures here I was joined by a little dog who kept coming up to see what I was doing and following me about the beach. She was very cute and very friendly, a nice wee dog.
After this location I decided to go for a drive around the Island which if I’m being honest didn’t really take long. I ended up round by the airport – the one where the runway is the beach! Unfortunately I didn’t see any planes landing or taking off there but it is quite some beach that’s for sure. Just a few miles beyond the airport is a beach at a place called Eoligarry. I stopped at the side of the road on my way to the beach because of something that had caught my eye. Heaps of snails were grouped together on the fence posts, the photo below will show you what I mean. I’ve never seen this before.
The images below were taken on the beach at Eoligarry. I don’t think they do the beach any justice due to the harsh daytime light as mentioned earlier.
Overall I was pretty impressed with Barra and I think I would definitely like to go back there sometime in the future for photos at more favourable times of the day for photos.
Once I’d finished here it was time to head back to catch the ferry over to Eriskay and drive up to Lochmaddy on North Uist via Lochboisdale (South Uist) for work related stuff.