Photography of the Outer Hebrides

Photography of the Outer Hebrides

Photography of the Outer Hebrides

If you are looking for photography of the Outer Hebrides then you can view my landscape photos of the Outer Hebrides which are all available to buy as fine art prints through my website and also available from a few select venues on the islands themselves. Currently you can purchase some of my images from the Finsbay gallery on the Isle of Harris, The Morvern Gallery in Barvas on the Isle of Lewis and also from An Lanntair in Stornoway.

I have been coming to the Outer Hebrides for a number of years now and loved the landscape and the stunning light here so much that I actually moved to the Isle of Harris in 2010. I moved to a small croft house just outside the main town of Tarbert which enabled me to be close to the stunning beaches of the Isle of Harris’ west coast.

I have since been lucky enough to spend a lot of time on the island and have dedicated much of my time to photographing these beaches as well as other parts of the islands.

There is so much potential for photography in the Outer Hebrides that it can almost be difficult to know where to start so I will list a few of my favourite locations so that if you are thinking of coming to the islands and in particular Harris and Lewis, you can at least narrow down your search.

I would suggest that the Isle of Harris is actually one of the best landscape photography locations in Britain thanks to it’s abundance of stunning beaches on the west coast, mountains that rise straight out of the sea and the sea itself which takes on an azure colour for most of the year thanks to the high shell content on the beaches here.

photograph of the outer hebrides

The first place that is on most peoples mind when they come to Harris is Luskentyre beach or Traigh Losgaintir (in gaellic).

This vast expanse of sands is truly breathtaking and you could easily spend all your time simply admiring the beauty of this location. Luskentyre is a huge expanse of sand that has Traigh Rosamol to the north and Traigh Seilebost to the south making up one huge golden sandy photographers paradise.

Traigh rosamol is actually my nearest beach and it has one of the most beautiful entrances to a beach you are likely to see. As you make your way from the small car park through the sand dunes you are greeted by a stunning vista from which you can admire the Isle of Taransay and the North Harris Hills across the Sound of Taranasay.

This particular stretch of beach and water is an excellent area to view incredibly stormy skies sweep in off the Atlantic as they sweep in and offer up a deluge of rain to the mountains of North harris.

Luskentyre itself has many different moods and is really the only location on the west coast which is worth shooting at dawn as it is so vast that it is not cast in shadow by the mountains to the east.

Seilebost is another large expanse of sand that connects to Luskentyre and can be reached by the road or from the small school located on the machair.

ripples in the san, seilebost

It is a great beach from which to take sweeping panoramic shots of Luskentyre with the Harris hills forming a beautiful backdrop. It’s never really sees the light of day in winter as the hills to the south block out the Sun.

If you head south again on the main road from Tarbert to Leverburgh you will find one of my favourite little beaches on Harris, Traigh lar. This smaller beach faces south west and has a darker, more golden sand than that of the three beaches to it’s north.

It is also strewn with marbled rock formations that run into the sea at high tide. On the near side the rocky coastline stretches southwards and you have the very photogenic Ceapabhal or Toe head (a mountain) in the background. The rocks here are great for creating interesting compositions but be careful as they can be very slippy when wet. I have broken Lee filters, cameras and nearly myself here on more than one ocassion.

On the far side of Traigh lar is a cracking rock formation that points into the sea. I have used it as excellent foreground interest in some of my shots. Beyon this and up on the hill is Macleod’s standing stone and beyond it are the North Harris hills. Traigh Lar is an excellent location to photograph in winter due to it’s orientation.

If you want to immerse yourself in the variety of locations othat the Isle of Harris and Lewis have to offer then you can book to come along on one of our workshops

Alternatively why not let me help to improve your photography while showing you some of the best locations that the Outer Hebrides have to offer by booking individual or small group photography tuition. I am available for half day and full days shooting but please book early to avoid dissapointment as my schedule can get very busy during the Summer season.

I have given just a snippet of the array of locations available for photography in the Outer Hebrides and soon I will add some more including some great locations on the Isle of Lewis and the islands further south.

But for now why not take a look at some of the photos of the Isle of Harris that I have managed to capture in my time here.


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