North of the border

I’m rather fond of Scotland. I don’t go there nearly as much as I ought to, mainly because it’s such a hike, but every time I’ve been I’ve discovered something new. Whether it’s the tranquility of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, the stark beauty of Glencoe or the nordic history and diverse bird life of Shetland, it’s got pretty much everything.

One area I had yet to visit until recently was the Outer Hebrides. The closest I had been until now was Skye, from where you can look out to Lewis and Harris and only wonder what it’s like on that remotest of parts of the British Isles. But thanks to the Guild of Photographers, who organised a tour there in September, I needed wonder no more.

We spent a week, including two days driving up and two driving back home, in a hotel on Harris, the hilly, southern part of Lewis and Harris (which, despite its name, is actually a single island), and saw amazing sunsets, colourful beaches which wouldn’t look out of place in the Caribbean, and the aurora borealis. Here are my favourite photos from the trip, for your enjoyment.