The Beaches and Beauty of the Isle of Harris

Harris Beach

Nothing Prepares You for the Beauty of the Outer Hebrides When I show people my pictures of the beaches on the Isle of Harris they often think they are of the Maldives or the Caribbean.  You can try to describe the beauty of these stunning islands.  You can try and persuade people how amazing they are with just a few photographs.  I even took some video to show my friends what an amazing unspoilt Scottish island the Isle of Harris really is.  In reality, there’s no substitute for visiting in…

Harris Art Trail

Harris Art Inspiration

The Isle of Harris is famous for it’s wonderful beaches with golden sands and, if you are lucky, not another person to be seen.  Add to that the rugged hills and beauty of the machair, the island is truly one of the most inspirational places on earth.  Such beauty serves to inspire the creative juices of locals and visitors alike.  This means that the Harris Arts and Crafts scene is another great reason to visit the island.  Join me on the Harris Art Trail that will take you across the…

Ferry To The Outer Hebrides – Direct or Hopscotch?

The Calmac Ferry Hebrides (Credit: Mark Nicolson)

Finding Your Way to the Isles of Harris and Lewis by Sea When it comes to the Scottish Islands, there’s nowhere quite like the stunning Isle of Harris. The adjoining Isle of Lewis is equally as beautiful. Both are located in the far north west of Scotland in the Outer Hebrides, across the water beyond the Isle of Skye. Their beaches look more like the Caribbean than Scotland. The experience of walking alone on miles of golden sand is something almost impossible to experience anywhere else in the world. All…

Flights to Stornoway, Barra and Benbecula

Fly to Barra Beach

Flights to Stornoway, Benbecula and Barra The Outer Hebrides are a group of beautiful islands that are located in the North West of Scotland.  The islands have beaches that are as good as the Carribean, yes really!  If you don’t believe me, check out most post on the fabulous Isle of Harris.  As well as the golden beaches, you can expect truly breathtaking scenary and a tranquility that is hard to beat. Many people take the Ferry to the Outer Hebrides but if you are coming from outside Europe or…

Preparing for Edinburgh Christmas Market and New Years Eve

Edinburgh's Famous Castle

After spending most of our lives watching the Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations on the TV we finally decided to ditch the traditional evening with Jackie Bird (it’s a Scottish thing) and actually join in ourselves.  My brother-in-law was having his 50th birthday so it seemed like the perfect excuse to just go for it.  Although we live in Germany, my wife is from Glasgow and her family still live there so the logistics of getting to Scotland pretty much took care of themselves.  However, planning to attend the various parts of…

A Scottish Gin Tour – 10 Independent Scottish Gin Makers

Cone Glasgow

When most people think of Scotland, one of the first things that comes to mind is Whisky.  Distilleries have been warming hearts the world over for hundreds of years.  More recently Scotland has begun to make a bit of a name for itself in the world of Gin. When a new Distillery starts it takes a considerable amount of time for the ageing process needed to make great whisky.  Unless they have a huge pot of money to keep things ticking over while they wait patiently for 12 years, they…