For the final leg of our recent holiday, we were based on the beautiful island of South Uist.
As with our previous holiday properties, we were staying in a gorgeous cottage, with an incredible view. Well done to Hub who made all our bookings.
As we found on the Isle of Skye, changes in the weather meant that this view was always different and interesting. Here it is bathed in mist early one morning:
The Outer Hebrides are famed for their extensive and beautiful beaches. I wrote about this in my post about the Isle of Harris. South Uist and its near-neighbour, North Uist, did not disappoint:
Other parts of the island were equally beautiful. These next shots are taken on the north shore of Loch Eyenort – what perfect autumn weather we had that day:
The flora and fauna of these islands is dazzling. I was mesmerised by all the incredible textures. This next shot was taken at Balranald, an RSPB reserve. In the foreground, you can see swathes of machair (pronounced ‘mak-ah’). Unique to this part of the world, these beautiful grassland areas were stunning, even in their autumnal colours. I can only imagine how much more spectacular it must all be in May, the main time of year for flowers.
Here are some more examples of those gorgeous textures:
I particularly loved these drifts of grasses, which seemed to me to mirror the roll of the ocean:
And it wouldn’t be a proper Leaping Life post if I did not include at least one sky photo…
Overall, we had four weeks of absolute bliss on the various Scottish islands. We were only a week on South Uist and felt that we had merely scratched the surface of it. We will definitely return.
I want to thank my lovely Hub for organising the whole thing. What a trip to remember we had. 🙂
Still to come: reflections on being away from home for such a long time; some book reviews (I finished 8 books while we were away!); and a few other holiday-inspired musings. 🙂