Since I can remember, I have been looking forward to visiting the Hebrides. Wild and rugged, and on the Northwestern Isles of Scotland, holding onto the Gaelic language and culture, it has seemed that you could go back in history right now. These islands are remote and take time to get to, but everything worthwhile seems to be just like that. I had researched visiting, but the hostels that can be booked ahead were full by the time I was making final plans, and while there are more that take no reservations and you just show up, without a car, I would be taking a chance. Without any camping equipment, and limited transportation, I just decided not to risk it. I found a day tour with Cal Mac Ferries, though, that would at least let me get there in some form, and whet my appetite for another trip.
The true beauty of a place is in so many things: the changing weather patterns, the changing topography, being on the water, speaking to people, sharing stories, capturing images through the lens of a camera…
If a picture is worth 1000 words, then take note that I took over 350 photos on this day…I can’t possibly post them all, but here is a highlight. The sun came and went, the rain came and went, and I never wanted to leave. I will let the photos speak for themselves, of the sheer beauty of this great part of the world.
Taking the bus from Portree to Uig;
Taking the 90 minute ferry from Uig to Lochmaddy (North Uist)
Touring by bus on North Uist for 90 minutes
Ferry Uist to Harris
Bus Tour of Harris
Ferry Harris back to Uig (Isle of Skye)
On the last ferry, not only did we get to see the beautiful rainbow for awhile, but we also got a chance to see dolphins jumping in the water alongside the boat for awhile as well.
After getting back to the hostel, I headed out with a few people from the hostel up to a local hotel bar to hang out and listen to a trad band, who were good. Great way to end a beautiful day.
Where have you traveled to that inspired you, that makes you smile to remember it, that reminds you of why you travel and explore?