Sheila and I have not been ones to spend many holidays in foreign parts with just a cruise on the river Rhine and two holidays touring a large area of Eire making up the list. We have though visited all parts of the British Isles with the exception of the far north west of Scotland and the northern Isles.


Space does not permit going into detail so will just refer to our visits to some of the islands on the west coast of Scotland.


Having had two quite strenuous holidays island hopping between most of the major islands and some of the smaller ones on the west coast of Scotland we have since taken a more leisurely approach. This includes, three weeks on Benbecula and Barra in 2004, Four weeks at Sidinish on North Uist in 2006 and four weeks at Ballygrant on Islay in 2008 and 2009. I will not go into more detail but have included a few photographs to give  a flavour of these places.

North Uist 2006,   Harold Hall

Berneray East beach
Ferry Oban to Lochboisdale
Ferry Lochmaddy
Ferry Eriskay to Barra
North Uist
Berneray West Beach Sand Dunes

My Favourite place, a beach on the east coast of the island of Beneray overlooking  the “Sound of Harris” with the mountains of Harris seen in the distance. See the little red boat just coming into view in the centre picture. All pictures on the page can be clicked for a larger view.

On the 5 ¼ hour ferry trip from Oban to Lochboisdale, Sheila sitting reading. The dog is not ours it just needed the shade.

The ferry “Hebrides” coming into Lochmaddy

The ferry “Loch Bhrusda” leaving the island of Eriskay for the island of Barra, seen in the distance

The Cottage “Tigh Alasdair” at Sidinish, that was our home for four weeks

A typical North Uist single track road with  passing  places.

Sand dunes on the west coast of Beneray