The Isle of Lewis is the largest of the Outer Hebrides islands and is considered a separate island even though it shares its land mass with North Harris. The east shore is mostly rocky but with some beautiful beaches in the area known as Back just to the north of Stornoway. The north is rocky with the wild Atlantic crashing against huge cliffs and the west coast has some of the most stunning beaches in the world especially around Uig Bay. Add to that the 5,000 year old stones of Callanish and you have one of the most beautiful and interesting places in the world.
Harris is really two distinct islands joined by a narrow neck of land near the main town of Tarbert.
North Harris has the highest mountains in the Outer Hebrides and shares a land border with the Isle of Lewis. Most of the island is rocky and mountainous although there are some superb beaches around Hushinish. South Harris is completely different with some absolutley stunning beaches running right down the west coast and a rocky and rugged east coast. A land of fascinating contrasts.
The Uists are the central set of islands in the Outer Hebrides lying between Lewis and Harris in the north and Barra to the south. The three main islands are North Uist, Benbecula and South Uist with the smaller islands of Berneray, Grimsay and Eriskay joined by man-made causeways. Each island has its own characteristics and South Uist has a spectacular line of white sand beaches on its west coast stretching for more than 20 miles. Unfortunately the weather while we were on North Uist and Benbecula was atrocious so the photographs concentrate on South Uist and the islands of Berneray to the north and Eriskay to the south. Look for some photographs of Eriskay ponies found nowhere else in the world but on this tiny island.
Barra, and the small island of Vatersay which is linked by a causeway, is the most southerly of the inhabited islands in the Outer Hebrides. The north of the island has the most stunning wite sand beaches with thirty foot high sand dunes and glorious views of South Uist. Here, also, is one of the world's most unique airports whose timetable is dependant on the tides as the runway is the beach. The only town on the island is Castlebay, on the opposite side to the airport and linked by ferry to the Scottish Mainland. I had only two fine days on Barra so could not photograph every area. Instead I concentrated on a couple of beaches where the sea, sand and stones provided unique photographic opportunities.