The Outer Hebrides

Discussion in 'Photography' started by sANDYbAY, Jan 7, 2016.

  1. sANDYbAY

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    I went touring the Outer Hebrides by bike about eight years ago (doesn't time fly?) to improve my photography skills.
    I was tidying up one of the hard drives on my desktop computer today, as you do, and I came across over 700 pictures which I hadn't even converted from RAW yet. Here is a small selection, I hope you enjoy:

    This is how I got around for two weeks, it was every bit as heavy to pedal as it looks.

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    Occasionally the weather could have been better.

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    But luckily for me it was mainly like this.

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    Which was good as I was carrying my house with me.

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    And that made for some very pleasant breakfasts.

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    Which even the locals wanted to taste.

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    The beaches were absolutely outstanding.

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    Even during the day they were deserted.

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    And the water wouldn't have looked out of place in the Carribean.

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    This is Castlebay, or 'The Big Town'

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  2. Poptop2

    Poptop2 Moderator

    Nice pictures Mr Sandybay Sir.

    How long did it take you to get there on yer bike?
     
  3. sANDYbAY

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    I drove to Oban with the bike in bits in the car. Parked up in Oban, built the bike and then thought "Oh my god how do I fit tent, sleeping bag, food, water,tripod, cameras, lenses, flash guns, coats, over trousers, tent poles, pots and pans etc onto the bike?"
    After many many repackings I managed to fit it all on and mounted the bike to ride down to catch the ferry.
    Luckily I was in a big flat car park otherwise I'd have crashed there and then. I could barely pick the bike up once it was fully loaded.
     
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  4. I'm a massive fan of the west coast of Scotland. It has to be seen to believed just how beautiful the place is.
     
  5. sANDYbAY

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    I agree completely, but then I think Scotland as a whole is a fantastic place, I lived up near Inverness for about eight years and loved it.
     
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  6. Lovely pictures, I must visit. Those white sand beaches are amazing.

    I had a nice cycling holiday in holland with my son when he was a teenager. Cycling is a great way to explore a place and get away from the tourism and cars.

    Your pictures show a place of beauty and peace.
     
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  7. sANDYbAY

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    Thank you. Being on a bike allows you to stop on a whim wherever you like and whenever you like. I've got a bike rack on the camper so I get the best of both worlds.
     
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  8. rickyrooo1

    rickyrooo1 Hanging round like a bad smell

    What you need is some sort of small van suitable for camping in.....
     
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  9. Back in the mists of time, when I was banding, we used to do a Highlands tour every year...went all over, staying in village halls, crofts, people's houses; it was fantastic. I love the Hebrides...beautiful place, great people and shed loads of malt....what's not to like?
    We did a gig to a man and his dog on Benbecula....I think his Mrs. was due to turn up but had a cold:thumbsup:


    Great pics btw...takes me back
     
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  10. Wonderful :thumbsup:
     
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  11. Woodylubber

    Woodylubber Obsessive compulsive name changer

    Lovely Pictures Bob :thumbsup: Love the west coast, highest Iv'e been is Mallaig, would love to go back, I posted in another thread about the North Coast 500, I Really fancy doing that.

    http://www.northcoast500.com/home.aspx
     
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  12. I used to take my bike on the train and then cycle. That's still quite popular I think.

    We went twice to Holland and hired bikes there. Very cheap holiday and great fun. Cycle paths everywhere in Holland, cross country and in towns and over major bridges.

    I fancy going to the Outer Hebrides, but what is the easiest way to go there?
     
  13. Mallaig is on You Tube, with the steam railway, fantastic. I must do that as I am steam railways mad.
     
  14. Looks lovely but after your comments on my heater question I'm wondering if you ever went to the Outer Hebrides or if indeed those pictures are even of the Outer Hebrides !!
     
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  15. Very nice photos, I drove to Oban to deliver a boat, last thing I Would have wanted to do is get on a bike :D instead I had to drive straight back again 1200 mile round trip. I was jolly tired. Got any more photos :)
     
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  16. i wondered where my o r a n g e bowl had gone:eek: , oh to look at the hard drive , memories of distant shores , next stop the ball tics :thumbsup: who took the pics bob ?
     
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  17. sANDYbAY

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    It was because of this holiday that I ended up buying a Campervan.

    Cycling along the island chain from Vatersay to Stornoway on Harris means lots of small ferry crossings. The islands are so tiny that you get to know other tourists who are doing the same island hopping journey. At each of the ferry slipways I would pedal up, red faced and exhausted from fighting headwinds and hills, clamber off the bike and slump gratefully onto the grass to wait for the boat.
    There were two small motor homes with two old couples who adopted me (pitied is probably more accurate) and at each ferry crossing came over and gave me coffee and cake, refilled my water bottles and gave me bread and fruit to take with me.
    I was very grateful for their kindness but after 10 days of struggling against almost constant strong headwinds and overnight frosts I was beginning to formulate a plan whereby I could steal their motor home and dispose of their bodies over the side of one of our ferry crossings.
    Luckily, for the very kind van owners, I decided it was probably simpler to wait and buy a motorhome when I got back home.
    All the motorhomes I looked at were utterly boring and purely by chance one of my eBay motorhome searches threw up a VW Campervan. It wasn't the one I eventually bought but the seed had been sown, I knew that an old Campervan was right for me.
     
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  18. What a great adventure lovely.
    My daughter went to Skye for the new year with her boyfriend and sent back some fabulous photos.
    Looks lovely and we really must really go.

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    This was only last week... summer must be fabulous.
     
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  19. sANDYbAY

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    Do it. :thumbsup: It's an adventure and when you're old and knackered the only things you'll regret are the things you didn't do.

    The very north, Caithness way is gorgeous. I didn't notice when the 500 is on but North Scotland is best in May/June.
     
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  20. sANDYbAY

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    Germany and Holland are both very well supplied with 'proper' cycle paths, not the stupid white painted lines on busy roads which we have. As a consequence they use their bikes much more than us English.
    You can get to the Hebrides from Oban or Ullapool or.....
    You could fly into the only airport which has a beach as a runway and flights are scheduled on the tide times. I camped in the sand dunes about 100 meters away from the control tower.
    I've got pictures of the plane landing on the beach which I'll post up tomorrow. I can't do it tonight because they're on the 'proper' grown up computer upstairs.
     

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