ESCAPE TO THE OUTER HEBRIDES
We are just back from a recharge camping trip to the Outer Hebrides on West Coast of Scotland….
A chance to unwind. An opportunity to photograph Scotland at its finest. A time to discover the Isles of Harris and Lewis.
In my opinion, nothing beats the West of Scotland. It’s quietly beautiful, unspoilt and unassuming. Where else would you be able to walk along endless stretches of white beaches and consider 10 people to be ‘crowded’. The bold turquoise crystal clear blue seas dominate the rugged coastlines and stretch on as far as the eye can see. Nothing refreshes the mind better than a spot of beach combing and wilderness walking.
So if, like me, you seek a few days of chill out, a chance to unwind, a new adventure, a chance to gain fresh inspiration or simply just an escape then I recommend a trip to Scotland’s West Coast.
Chill out and rewind on the Isle of Harris and Lewis
Here are seven ‘chill out’ things to do on the Isles of Harris and Lewis in order to unwind, relax and recharge.
Catch the waves on Luskintyre beach
Listen to the crashing of the foamy waves against the white sands, which stretch for miles and miles
Drive the golden road
If you’re a Harris Tweed fanatic like me then a drive along the golden road is a must. Home of the Harris Tweed, the island holds a wonderful local pride in the production of the infamous cloth, an industry which is completely unique to the islands.
A drive along the golden road will take you to The Harris Tweed Company at Grosebay, where the tweed is woven by Donald John Mackay MBE of the Luskentyre Harris Tweed Co. It was amazing to see this exclusive tweed first hand, on its home land – and of course an excuse to try on a Harris Tweed jacket or two…
And there’s the Clo Mor exhibition further along the Golden Road where you can learn all about the processes of making the cloth.
Visit the Calanais Stones
Take a trip to the world famous Standing Stones on the Isle of Lewis. Standing for over 4000 years, this is such a majestic display showcasing the power, tenacity and strength of the people who lived there.
Visit the Harris Gin Distillery
Any excuse for a gin….and not just any gin – Isle of Harris gin made from…it ticks the boxes for gin tasting experience and clever bottle design.
Enjoy a bbq on the beach
Nothing beats a bbq on the sand dunes overlooking the turquoise blue seas
Watch the sunset
Watch the glowing light..
Visit the An Lanntair
With it being the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, An Lanntair has an amazing display of Ian Lawson’s photography celebrating From the Land Comes the Cloth. An inspirational photographer of mine, he showcases the colours and textures of the land in the most motivational way. I am a very proud owner of one of his most amazing From the Land Comes the Cloth books, an awe-inspiring photographic journey of Harris Tweed from the Outer Hebrides.
Thank you to the Outer Hebrides. A brilliant break. I’m counting the days until I next return…