Last Summer I went on a DREAM holiday, road tripping around the Outer Hebrides with friends. We camped, we drank whisky, we climbed hills and shouted into the wind.

Finally I have all of my photographs back to share.

Hebridean Adventure 2016 on 35mm Mull & Iona

Hebridean Adventure 2016 on 35mm Mull & Iona

We started on the ferry to Mull, driving across to Iona for the Iona Village Music Hall Festival to enjoy some folk music and japes. On the first night we got back to the tent to find a/ it had flooded and b/ there was a cat asleep inside. This set the tone for the trip, what can you do but pour another whisky and have a laugh really.

Hebridean Adventure 2016 on 35mm Mull & Iona

Hebridean Adventure 2016 on 35mm Mull & Iona

I think I took these photographs from the car as we drove across Mull. Not bad.

Hebridean Adventure 2016 on 35mm Mull & Iona

Hebridean Adventure 2016 on 35mm Mull & Iona

Hebridean Adventure 2016 on 35mm Mull & Iona

Hebridean Adventure 2016 on 35mm Mull & Iona

On Iona I walked to the top of a large rock to look at the ocean for a while. Very nice.

Hebridean Adventure 2016 Barra

After the ferry back to the mainland and a quick game of supermarket sweep to stock up on food, we got the big ferry to Barra. It takes 5 hours. I loved every minute of it.

Hebridean Adventure 2016 Barra

Hebridean Adventure 2016 Barra

Ferry doggos.

Hebridean Adventure 2016 Barra

Hebridean Adventure 2016 Barra

Hebridean Adventure 2016 Barra

This is my favourite view in the world.

Hebridean Adventure 2016 Barra

On Barra we stayed in a nice little campsite on a small bay, and watched the seals play and catch their dinner as we pitched the tent and ate ours.

Hebridean Adventure 2016 Barra

Hebridean Adventure 2016 Barra

Hebridean Adventure 2016 Barra

Barra is really lovely and I wish we had been able to spend more time there. But we had a schedule to stick to, and the next morning we packed up and jumped on our next ferry to Eriskay.

Hebridean Adventure 2016 Barra

Hebridean Adventure 2016 Barra

Hebridean Adventure 2016 Barra

You can fly to Barra, we watched the plane come in and land on the beach while we waited for the ferry. I had a nice time sitting on the rocks feeling still.

Hebridean Adventure 2016 Eriskay

Hebridean Adventure 2016 Eriskay

Hebridean Adventure 2016 Eriskay

Hebridean Adventure 2016 Eriskay

Seals!

Hebridean Adventure 2016 Eriskay

Eriskay is small, beautiful, and the first thing we saw off the ferry was a deceased pink cetacean we later identified as a juvenile Risso’s dolphin.

Hebridean Adventure 2016 Eriskay

Hebridean Adventure 2016 Eriskay

Hebridean Adventure 2016 Eriskay

Sad, but quite beautiful.

Hebridean Adventure 2016 Eriskay

Hebridean Adventure 2016 Eriskay

We went on a hike basically around the whole island. Eriskay is famous for its ponies and we only saw some from very far away. I’m still upset about it.

Hebridean Adventure 2016 Eriskay

Hebridean Adventure 2016 Eriskay

Hebridean Adventure 2016 Eriskay

We quickly found a small cemetery.

Hebridean Adventure 2016 Eriskay

Hebridean Adventure 2016 Eriskay

Hebridean Adventure 2016 Eriskay

Hebridean Adventure 2016 Eriskay

Hebridean Adventure 2016 Eriskay

Hebridean Adventure 2016 Eriskay

Hebridean Adventure 2016 Eriskay

Hebridean Adventure 2016 Eriskay

I would really like to make a Hebrides series of pouches out of these photographs. We were blessed with good weather and Eriskay is so rich with textures and colours.

Hebridean Adventure 2016 Eriskay

There are ponies in this photograph. Honestly there is.

Hebridean Adventure 2016

Hebridean Adventure 2016

After a nice picnic lunch we got back in the car and drove across the causeway to South Uist. Something about South Uist made me feel quite sad. Its kind of just grey, a bit barren, and there are LOTS of old houses no one lives in, so there is a feeling of a forgotten, abandoned place heavy in the air. Which I wanted to photograph like crazy but we only had a couple of hours to get to our pit stop for the night so we marched onwards.

Hebridean Adventure 2016

We stopped at Tobha Mor to look at the ruins on our way, which again were quite beautiful, lonely and sad. Is it the weather out there? I mean beautiful/lonely/sad things are my jam so I was loving it.

Hebridean Adventure 2016

Hebridean Adventure 2016

Hebridean Adventure 2016

Hebridean Adventure 2016

Hebridean Adventure 2016

On South Uist Morgan was lucky enough to have a friend, who kindly gave us a warm bed, hearty meal and interesting conversation before we moved on the next morning. One of my biggest life regrets is that I did not take them up on the offer of a twilight walk to the beach to see the salmon. I have no idea why I let that one pass me by.

Hebridean Adventure 2016

Lets pretend I took this photograph while we drove over Benbecula. Which has the best name, but to be honest just looks like this for 5 mins then you are on North Uist.

Hebridean Adventure 2016

Hebridean Adventure 2016

North Uist, once the weather cleared, was the complete opposite.

Hebridean Adventure 2016

Hebridean Adventure 2016

Hebridean Adventure 2016

Hebridean Adventure 2016

Hebridean Adventure 2016

We climbed a hill to see a Neolithic burial mound.

Hebridean Adventure 2016

Hebridean Adventure 2016

Hiked through ferns to find some standing stones.

Hebridean Adventure 2016

Hebridean Adventure 2016

Hebridean Adventure 2016

Hebridean Adventure 2016

Hebridean Adventure 2016

Walked on a white sand beach but foolishly did not bring our togs, so didn’t get to go for a swim.

Hebridean Adventure 2016

And bought some freshly smoked fish for our tea.

Hebridean Adventure 2016

Hebridean Adventure 2016

Hebridean Adventure 2016

Another cheeky CalMac ferry to Tarbet and we were on the Isle of Harris. Harris is my favourite Hebridean Island. It has everything – white sand beaches, rugged wild landscapes, beautiful houses, vast empty spaces with very few humans and a gin distillery.

Annoyingly something weird happened with my camera at this point and I only have a few photographs but inside my mind there is a database of reasons why I want to move to Harris and think about it every day.

Hebridean Adventure 2016

Aforementioned smoked fish pate we had for tea. So good.

Hebridean Adventure 2016

I took this photograph at 11.30pm.

Hebridean Adventure 2016

I woke up at 5am to chickens around our tent. I made some coffee and took my book up the hill to sit and enjoy some quiet stillness. We had such nice weather while we were at the campsite (Lickisto, for those who are curious) and there was a 200 year old blackhouse with a fire to sit in as the night drew cold so it all felt very cosy and perfect.

Hebridean Adventure 2016

Hebridean Adventure 2016

Hebridean Adventure 2016

I am genuinely devastated that I only have these few photographs from the campsite to share. The beaches were breathtaking, the roads full of sheep. I’ve already bookmarked a few hikes to do when I go back. And found several properties I wish to purchase. Shrug emoji.

Hebridean Adventure 2016

On the Isle of Lewis the weather packed it in and I mostly took photographs of nice windows.

Hebridean Adventure 2016

From throughout history.

Hebridean Adventure 2016

Hebridean Adventure 2016

The Gearrannan Blackhouse Village is all kinds of amazing.

Hebridean Adventure 2016

Hebridean Adventure 2016

Watching this man making Harris Tweed was quite hypnotic and it smelt like peat fires and I never wanted to leave.

Hebridean Adventure 2016

Hebridean Adventure 2016

Hebridean Adventure 2016

Hebridean Adventure 2016

Rain on the lens at the Callanish Standing Stones but one does not go on their Summer holiday in Scotland and complain about the weather. We had a hot chocolate and thanked the gods that we did not have to pitch the tent that night.

Hebridean Adventure 2016

And that was the Outer Hebrides. I felt something close to peace sitting beside lochs and hills and the ocean whilst there. I didn’t take nearly enough photographs, partly because of the weather and partly because I was enjoying looking at things with my eyes and not through a lens for a lot of the trip. I’m kind of looking into doing the Hebridean Way, or parts of it, or learning to drive, or booking a cottage on Harris for a month by myself, I don’t know. I think I left part of myself on a beach somewhere between Barra and Stornoway, and I need to go back and collect it.

Hebridean Adventure 2016

Hebridean Adventure 2016

Of course that wasn’t the end of the trip. I had to get back to Glasgow, and then, blergh, London. Another ferry ride back to the mainland – we stayed the night in Ullapool which was a hilarious adventure involving setting up the tent in the rain and winning the village pub quiz – then woke to a beautiful still morning on the harbour before setting off to see some dolphins.

Hebridean Adventure 2016

Hebridean Adventure 2016

And other delights that the Highlands had to offer.

Hebridean Adventure 2016

Hebridean Adventure 2016

Hebridean Adventure 2016

Take me back!

These photographs were all shot on Kodak Gold 400 using my Yashica TL Electro-X. I processed films with the help of my sponsors on Patreon – thanks guys!

A huger than huge thanks to Morgan and Steph for coming on this adventure with me last year, stopping to let me take photographs and putting up with my weird silences as I processed feelings on ferries and beaches. Jellyfish!

11 replies on “A Hebridean Adventure

  1. These are so lovely. Sadly the Outer Hebrides is yet another place I’ll probably never visit as even some of your pictures of boat trips make me a little uneasy! A shame as there are so many fascinating things to see there: thanks for sharing your visit with us.

  2. Thanks Dianne for the photo’s of your trip, My husband and I stayed in Bebecula in 1990 with a niece and saw a lot of the Islands we loved it. This bought back great memories for me.

    1. I know its kind of perfect right?! At first I really hated them and thought the rain ruined the whole thing, but it really captures what it was like to be there that day. Also they look all dreamy :-)

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