Back to Harris & Lewis

It’s 10 years since we toured the Outer Hebrides in Absinthe (https://c13mpr.com/2014/09/07/island-hopping-outer-hebrides-august-2014/), so a return trip to Harris and Lewis was long overdue. We’re constrained date wise by Alison’s hatred of the Scottish Midge, so a trip before they emerge was planned for April and May 2024 – with no Absinthe to use, we’d booked a cottage on the shores of Loch Seaforth for two weeks, but broke the journey to the ferry at Ullapool with a couple of day’s stay at Jodie and Simon’s home in Inverrory, close to Fort William.

This Blog post will be photo heavy – we had glorious weather for the first week with a bit of rain on the second and we certainly hadn’t been expecting 23C and bright sunshine, so were ill equipped for warm weather clothing, with not a pair of shorts in sight.

We stayed in the Caledonian Hotel in Ullapool the night before the ferry and then in the Highland Hotel in Strathpeffer on the way back – both were archetypal Scottish tourist hotels but suited our purposes just fine.

From a wildlife point of view, we saw two Golden Eagles, a White Tailed Eagle, an Otter, a couple of Seals and our first Swallows of the Season. The only disappointment of the trip was missing out on the Aurora – whilst everywhere else in the country seemed to see it (even our neighbours at home got a view), we had cloudy skies on both nights.

I suspect this will be our last trip to the Hebrides as we’ve still got other places to explore, but what I would say is, if you get the chance to go, then grab the opportunity – it’s an awe inspiring place with extremely friendly people and landscapes to suit everyone.

One comment

  1. wheatypetesworld

    Even by your own high standards, these photos are stunning!

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