Outer Hebrides Archive

South to Mingulay and Beyond

A Hebridean sea kayak journey from the Isle of Barra south to Mingulay and Barra Head. Towering cliffs, cathedral-like caves, and camping on remote island beaches.

final few island images…

I’m leaving these islands on Sunday morning… feeling a little sad, I feel very at home here. However all being well I’ll be back next summer for another season of kayaking and in the meantime I have a whole winter of ‘stuff’ to look forward to back in Cornwall. I have no travel plans as such for a change – just riding and paddling at home.. & I could do with earning some proper wedge …

Vatersay bristles & more Holga..

the weather continues in a stormy vein up here.. Before heading back to Cornwall next week I’d hoped to get down to Mingulay in a kayak for a couple of days exploring & wild camping but with Hurricane Katia on the way it ain’t going to happen. The wind did drop off a little last night for a cracking evening surf… offshore winds on a perfectly formed head-high wave with wonderfully stormy evening light. Magic. …

a little more Barra & Vatersay

Just a few more images of Barra & Vatersay as seen through a plastic Holga lens. It has a focal length equivalent of 50mm & aperture is fixed at f8. Ideal snapshot lens if you can work with the low contrast, vignetted, unsharp look… especially at the moment as the weather remains very unsettled with terrific lighting  :-)

three carrots and other things

just before I brought myself up here to the Outer Hebrides I picked up, for a very few £ indeed – £10 or so,  a Holga lens in a micro 4/3 fit. I used to have the original medium format film Holga camera, before I broke it, and rather enjoyed the somewhat distorted & heavily vignetted images in produced. The plastic lenses are now available in various mounts for digital cameras which is rather a …

more island stuff…

“You anything to do with the sea kayaking?” the grumpy looking chap said… it clearly had not escaped his notice that I was faffing about with sea kayaks on a trailer here in Castlebay. “Yup” was my one word reply… failing to warm to him and his equally grumpy looking wife. Gruff words followed… “Well, what about it then?“. “Are you interested in just getting out for a half day paddling or one of our …

Harris and other places

….tired from 2 weeks of back to back wild camping kayak adventures north of here off Harris and the Uists I am somewhat lacking in inspiration to write.. luckily however I have some photos I can simply throw at you while I go off for another coffee. I have a day off today, hurrah.. and I’m not likely to get sidetracked into taking any day trips out from here in Castlebay  either thanks to the …

Outer Hebrides Sea Kayaking

Apologies for my recent absence… I mentioned in my last post that I’d be spending the summer working as a sea kayak guide up here in the wonderful Outer Hebrides. I have a busy schedule, the meat of which is a series of 6 day wild camping trips around the various islands that make up the archipelago. I do have some days off but often as not they can be filled with day trips from …