Scotland’s Western Isles

I am always drawn to islands—the more windswept and remote, the better.

Thus I always dreamt of visiting Na h-Eileanan Siar, or the Western Isles of Scotland (also known as the Outer Hebrides). Thanks to travel brochures and back issues of our very own National Geographic, I imagined the isles were a separate world of weather and calm, whitewashed homes, and fair-haired folk.

It turns out all my romantic visions were not so far from the truth, which I came to discover after finally traveling to the far fringes of Scotland’s West. The only real surprise for me was the terrific amount of sunshine and pure air that met me when I stepped off the plane (on the beach) in Barra.

I snapped all these photos in a single span of 24 hours, as I traveled from Barra to Eriskay to South Uist and beyond. The downside of my job is that I pass too quickly through some of the most beautiful places on Earth, but luckily, the Western Isles are entirely unforgettable.


  1. ruby
    September 16, 2013, 10:49 am

    I’m not able to get to the rest of the pix. Is it because I’m on a tablet?

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  3. sherry cunningham
    findlay, ohio
    September 18, 2013, 9:28 am

    Love your pics and stories. Scotland is on my bucket list. Would love to see my grandmother came from. Happy travels Andrew.

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  5. Becky Barnett
    United States
    September 21, 2013, 6:17 pm

    Great pics. Would love to travel there.

  6. Dottie
    September 26, 2013, 8:51 am

    There is something so romantic about Scotland..Maybe due to the novels I’ve read. Would love to go there but age prevents it. I can still dream…..and read.

  7. Andrea
    September 26, 2013, 11:28 am

    This is one of my absolute favorite places in the World. Raw, spectacular beauty. White sand beaches, turquoise beaches, slow pace, some of the best seafood, and all kind of weather.

  8. Charles McCabe
    Delaware, USA
    September 26, 2013, 8:46 pm

    Beautiful – absolutely beautiful. Many thanks for sharing.

  9. Leyla A. Roberson
    Houston TX
    September 27, 2013, 12:11 pm

    Fantastic images, I will love to travel there…

  10. Martin Padget
    United Kingdom
    October 1, 2013, 7:02 am

    Enjoyed the photos! If anyone’s interested in reading more about how the Hebrides have been photographed by generations of travellers and, not least, Hebrideans themselves, please check out my book Photographers of the Western Isles –