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Message posted by JimCall on 11/7/2014 at 12:39am
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We are just back from a fantastic trip to the outer islands, stayed at some brilliant places and ate like kings!

I took a lot of photos but I have tried to pick out the best to give an idea of the places we visited. The trip started on Skye, where we stayed at a b&b in Broadford, ready for the run up to the ferry terminal at Uig the next morning.

A quick stop over at the Talisker Distillery was in order first!



This is the MV Hebrides sailing in to take us to Lochmaddy in North Uist...



... on our way!


The view from the hostel at Moorcroft campsite (review submitted).



The hills of North Uist.



Heading down through South Uist (more water than land) we ended up at Eriskay via one of the many causeways scattered around the isles.

We never did see an otter!



The ferry for Barra...



Eriskay...



The beach was crowded!



Oyster catchers on the machair (an area of open moorland between the beach and the farmland)



North now to Berneray...



Berneray Hostel, a seat with a view!



Hi-tech weather station!!



The wee ferry taking us to Leverburgh on Harris. This was after spending 2 days exploring North, South Uist and Benbecula (all joined by causeways).



Ready to sail. The vessel is powered by jet ski type engines as the water is too shallow for normal propeller type ships. Its apparently one of the most dangerous crossings!



Arriving (in one piece!) at Leverburgh, Harris...



A typical Harris beach!



Proof that I actually used the tent!!

This is at Horgabost campsite (review submitted)



The beach at Horgabost...



Tuesday was set aside for exploring the north of Lewis (a good 50 odd miles away)

This is at Callanish - the famous standing stones...



Not far from there, the Black House village...



Inside a typical blackhouse...



Far north now and the last place you come to is Port of Ness, this is the harbour...



...and this is the beach....



Up to the lighthouse now and spotted a cormorant ?



...and some ancient rock formations...



Butt of Lewis lighthouse...



Stornoway...



well, she does talk like a fishwife!!



The stunning Luskintyre beach...



With scenery like this, who needs to go abroad!



The sun never really set and it only got dark for about an hour or so. this is at Horgabost at about 11pm...




Back up to Stornoway again for the ferry as rain clouds gather!



...and as the clouds disappear, in comes the MV Isle of Lewis to take us back to the mainland...



and after a couple of hours... mainland Scotland...



A quick stopover at Loch Maree Hotel ....



... with the early morning mist burning off nicely!...





Then its off to Torridon... the Mighty Liathach still in mist...



...then down to Applecross and if anyone recalls the tv show Monty Halls Great adventure, this is the bay and the bothy he used...



Down Bealach na ba (the highest pass in Britain)...



... to Plockton...



No prizes for guessing the name of this castle at Dornie!!



as a lone piper pipes us to the end of our trip!



Almost 7 days to do the trip. We started on Skye and ended up at Ulapool using 3 ferries costing around 155 for car plus 2 adults. Book in advance and be prepared to do a fair old mileage (I reckon 1100 miles!!) That mileage is from and to Central Scotland.

Its a lot of miles but worth it for the ever changing beauty of the Outer Isles. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Would we do it again? Yes but probably miss out South Uist, there was not much there to interest us.

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The phrase "There's a whole new world out there" immediately sprung to mind!

Having said that, it was a relief to finally see some shops and real people (Stornoway)!!

Beaches look incredible.

The thought of it not getting dark freaks me out!

Gotta get me one of those forecasting stones, when we get the garden makeover finished.

All in all, yet another stunning post, with yet more stunning pics, in what consistently appears to be a stunning part of the world, and all from a poster who is... well, not stunning exactly... I've certainly seen better!     


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Message posted by RTS5 on 11/7/2014 at 8:04am
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Like you say Jim, who needs to go abroad with scenery like that The weather looks stunning, even with the rain clouds everything still looks gorgeous. Off to look at the photos again now.

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Once again you have done us proud Jim...Excellent commentary and beautiful foties give me a sense of being there(Or at least WANTING to be there) So thank you very much for taking the time and effort to post....

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Message posted by VangoMan02 on 11/7/2014 at 8:36am
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Brilliant photos once again jim, really enjoyed them. A great trip and I will say again that your photos do more for Scottish tourism than anything the tourist board offers.

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Message posted by spinyeel on 11/7/2014 at 11:49am
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That is certainly a virtually unspoiled piece of paradise you have up there. Stunning.

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Beautiful but I wonder if you have entered a pact with the devil to get so much sunshine in Scotland  mind you I bet it looks beautiful in a different way in bad weather

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Oh we had our fair share of rain Purplebean! Mostly on the first 3 days. Then it got sunny!

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I'm not sure i'd enjoy the crowds on those beaches  absolutely beautiful photographs of a beautiful place.  Thank you for posting them, at least i can sit and look at them and dream until i do get there. My wishlist of places to go is growing by the week!

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Fantastic Jim. We hope to do something similar next Spring although we haven't decided on a final route yet Spent a lot of time in plockton last couple of years, one of my favourite places.



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You certainly covered the miles Jim, can't believe you even managed to fit Applecross and Plockton in in 7 days.

Fab photos putting me in the mood to visit the Hebrides again.

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Quote: Originally posted by JimCall on 11/7/2014
Oh we had our fair share of rain Purplebean! Mostly on the first 3 days. Then it got sunny!



Ah so you were just trying to convince us that it is always sunny in Scotland actually the last time we stayed in Scotland it was sunny for the entire trip and we got burnt

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Biz it sometimes felt like a rush round but I think because we split the camping with b&b (and the hostel at Moorcroft) it made a big difference. We were up at 6am most mornings (remember it doesnt get dark for long) so the days were long.

at Anniemac (and anyone else who fancies the trip - even Mucker!), if you decide to go, feel free to pester me for tips for the trip!

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Fantastic photos and scenery(nearly as good as North Wales) Would love to get up there sometime

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I need to go! Your photos are amazing thanks for sharing

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The Outer Hebrides should be on everyones wish list, it's a fantastic bit of Scotland. In fact it feels like a totally different country!

Welshwiz you are right about North wales. I have been in Snowdonia a few times and its stunning. (Its just that we have more stunning bits up here )

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