In mid September with the weather set fair we organised an impromptu trip to Skye and the Outer Hebrides hoping to be late enough to avoid the midges and early enough to avoid the Autumn gales. 

In three previous visits to Skye we had never seen the scenery due to low cloud and horizontal rain so we did not have great expectations and when we were delayed by a three hour diversion due to an accident closing Glencoe on our journey north we thought the jinx on a trip to Skye was continuing.  Luckily this was the only setback and the weather was fine and still during the entire trip with one day of atmospheric fog and the sea as calm as a millpond for each of our five ferry trips.

The ten islands we visited were Skye, Lewis, Scalpay, Harris, North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist, Eriskay, Barra and Vatersay.  In some cases the islands were linked by bridges or causeways and all were beautiful in their individual ways.

The hospitality of the islanders we stayed with was second to none and the beauty of the scenery together with the empty roads and complete peace and quiet made it an unforgettable experience.

Although landscape photography is not really my forte I was inspired to try to capture the atmosphere of the places we were lucky enough to visit and here is a small selection of the results.

  • Vatersay
  • First Light at Fiskavaig - Skye
  • Old Man of Storr - Skye
  • Ballachulish Reflections
  • Luskentyre Beach - Harris
  • Scurrival Point - Barra
  • Grimsay - North Uist
  • Callanish Standing Stones - Lewis
  • The Cuillins from Carbost - Skye
  • Abandoned Boat - Scalpay