Tag: Outer Hebrides

Outer Hebrides – Seilebost and Luskentyre

Luskentyre beach was the next location on my list and if I’m being honest it was probably the location that I was most looking forward to visiting. I’d seen many great photos of Luskentyre beach and from what I’d seen on Google Earth it was definitely the ideal location to go to on such a short trip.

Before going to Luskentyre I decided to investigate Seilebost which I had passed it on my way up to Tarbert, the tide was quite far out and I was able to walk right out into the bay. This is definitely another location that I would like to go to back to for a photo shoot at dusk.

On to Luskentyre!

Luskentyre beach is pretty big and has some great views across to the Taransay, Seilebost and the mountains of Harris. The sand is very white and also very soft which requires extra effort to walk along. Initially I was struggling to find potential images but as I walked along the beach the light was beginning to  change and I was starting to see potential images, infact I was starting to feel a little spoilt for choice. There were little clumps of grass at the bottom of the dunes that caught my eye and and the dunes themselves were looking good in the evening light.

The sun was getting quite low now and I wanted to try and see a bit more of the beach before getting some dusk shots. The beach heads round in the direction of Seilebost, the patterns in the sand as a result of the tides help add some texture for the photos below.

The sunset itself wasn’t exactly spectacular and I tend to shy away from taking photos of sunsets these days and wait for the gloaming instead. About ten minutes after the sun had set the colours in the sky really started to come out creating colourful reflections in the wet sand.

One thing that I’d noticed when I was at Berneray the previous evening was how the place seemed to glow – I think the white sand has something to do with it. The effect seemed more apparent at Luskentyre and helped create quite an atmosphere for these final images.

I’m really pleased with these images and I hope that you like them too.

In my next post I will cover the last night of my tour where I went to Dalbeg on Lewis. Until then, take care 🙂

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.

Outer Hebrides Trip – Benbecula and Barra

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.

Limited Editions and upcoming trip to the Outer Hebrides

I’m pleased to announce that all three of my limited edition prints are available to purchase through the online store on my website. I do hope to add more prints over the coming months. If you would like to know more about the prints then click on the Purchase Prints link on the site or click here. Postage on all limited edition prints is free. It will normally take two to three weeks to supply a limited edition print due to the fact that I rely on a third party company to produce my prints for me.

Within the next couple of weeks I will be travelling to the Outer Hebrides to do some work for my employer and will be spending 5 days out there. The trip will see me visit the Isles of Lewis, Harris, Berneray, North & South Uist, Benbecula and Barra. While most of my time will be spent travelling between the sites I need to visit I hope to squeeze some photography in – especially during the evenings. Some of you may know that the beaches out there are simply stunning and I hope to try and shoot a few of them. I’ve been using Google Earth to look at potential locations, the satellite and 3D views that it offers have been very helpful in giving me get an idea of what a location will be like.

Here’s an example of what I’ve been looking at on Google Earth

The above picture is a 3D Google Earth snapshot of Scarista beach on the Isle of Harris – a location that I’m quite keen to go to, as you can see I get quite a good idea of what the landscape is like by using this tool.

Hopefully the weather will be kind to me while I’m there, however as long as the rain isn’t horizontal I’ll still be heading out for photos. You don’t need sunshine and blue skies to capture great photos.