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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...
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...
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.