The Outer Hebrides of Scotland

We left the hotel just before 8:30am and walked the five minutes to the bus station. The airport bus was – again – very efficient.

We checked in and had breakfast and walked to gate 1 for our flight to Stornoway.

The one hour flight was uneventful. We spent most of our time above the clouds to avoid the high wind. But as we started to come down, ready for landing, we saw the weather coming in.

We landed in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis and drove 40 minutes or so to Tarbert on the Isle of Harris. The rain pouring down. Sheets of it. Coming at us. That was quite spectacular.

We came to Harris last year for a week, in early May, but this is definitely the time of year to come for a landscape photographic workshop.

We’ve only been here a few hours and the weather’s already been very very wild.

Our first outing was to Seilebost beach. A long sandy beach with dunes, and just us. We spent a couple of hours there. I had to give up the macro photography (I came across some really cool patterns in the sand). The wind was blowing wildly, and the sand… the sand decided to come out and play. Sand everywhere – my hair, my eyes (argh), my camera, lenses…

We then went a few minutes up the road. We were higher up so we had a sweeping view of the sea, the mad mad waves and sunset. That was incredibly windy (so much fresh air) and so breathtaking. And somehow, I ended up with a massive rip in my coat. No idea how that happened.

Back at the hotel, I dropped my coat off in reception to see if it could be fixed. I really hope so… that’s my wind-proof and water-proof for the week!

Dinner was booked for 8pm. And then we retired to the hotel bar… for a whisky, or two.

And the best news? Sunrise isn’t that early in the morning… so that’s almost a lay in!

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