Outer Hebrides Trip – Berneray and North Uist

After visiting Barra I finished up the day on North Uist in a place called Lochmaddy, the ferry from Skye stops here. I was staying in a fantastic little hotel called the Tigh Dearg Hotel – I can thoroughly recommend it. I had a bit of a dilemma as to where to go for dusk photos and after much dithering I took the plunge and drove over to Berneray.

Berneray is a small island just of the tip of North Uist and is connected by a causway. The island is roughly 2 miles by 3 miles in size and has approximately 125 residents.

I was aiming for the long beach which runs up pretty much the whole of the west side of the Island and after a short while I arrived at the location and made the 10 minute walk to get to the beach. The sun had just set as I arrived which meant I didn’t have much time to find a spot and get set-up, luckily I didn’t really need to go too far. From here I could see the island of Boreray and Pabbay and the mountains of South Harris – see the map below.

The beach was like many of the beaches on the Outer Hebrides – soft white sand and large. In the light of the gloaming the whole place seemed to glow, it was breath taking and I think the photo below has captured that glow. On the horizon you can see the mountains of South Harris

Here are a selection of images captured on the beach at Berneray.

The following morning after completing work that I needed to do in Lochmaddy I had a couple of hours to go until the next ferry across to Harris. The hotel owner had recommended a beach known as Traigh Ear which wasn’t too far away from the hotel on the north west coast of North Uist. I went there to check it out and was not disappointed and is definitely a location I would like to go back to to explore more. Here are a few shots that I got while I was there, due to the time of day the light was harsh again just like it was the day before on Barra.

The thing that struck me the most apart from the sheer size of the beach was the large ripples left in the sand by the tide which I hope I’ve managed to pick out in the photos.

After visiting Traigh Ear I caught the ferry from Berneray back to Leverburgh on South Harris. I had some work to do in Tarbert and then I was planning to visit Luskentyre beach in the evening – this will be the subject of my next post.

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