Trip to the Outer Hebrides

Having recently gained my IMC rating I decided it was time to embark on a longer trip now that I’m not so restricted by by weather conditions. The destination was Stornaway routing via the Isle of Man and Machrihanish; this route covered extensive amounts of open water but the advantage was we could cruise at a higher altitude because we were clear of the restricted airspace over the large airports on the mainland, plus we got a fantastic view of the Outer Hebrides on the way home. The aircraft I flew was a Piper PA32 Cherokee Six which cruised at around 140kts and the trip to around 3 hours to complete each way.

G-KNCG on the ramp at Stornaway

G-KNCG on the ramp at Stornaway Airport - Trip to the Outer Hebrides

Once there we took a trip across Haris to visit some friends on their island. The island features some ancient huts which have been dug out and had roofs put back on them and are used for accommodation in the summer.

Sunken houses on the island of Pabay - Trip to the Outer Hebrides

Rubbish and waste is washed up onto the shore of the Western Isles from all over the world - Trip to the Outer Hebrides

Beautiful scenery - Trip to the Outer Hebrides

The main residents of the island are chickens and sheep.

The island is home to a heard of sheep which are transfered on and off the island by rowing boat! - Trip to the Outer Hebrides

The chickens lay eggs for breakfast :) - Trip to the Outer Hebrides

While there we took a trip out in the rib to go collect the pickings from the crab pots and look for the local wildlife. We were lucky enough to come across a family of sealions.

The sea is rich with crabs, lobsters and fish - Trip to the Outer Hebrides

We came across a family or two of sealions while out on the rib - Trip to the Outer Hebrides

Some more sealions - Trip to the Outer Hebrides

The Hebrides really has some stunning scenery, the beaches have some of the whitest, finest sand I have ever seen and the sea is some of the bluest. It’s just a shame the water is a chilly 14 degrees in the summer!

There's a wide variety of coastal birds which live on and around the islands - Trip to the Outer Hebrides

Some more fantastic scenery - Trip to the Outer Hebrides

You'll see some of the bluest seawater and whitest sand in Scotland! - Trip to the Outer Hebrides

I have visited Pabay several times in the past and have taken quite a few photos there. I’ve made these available on Flickr if you’re interested in seeing more.


4 Comments

  1. Dude, great photos. Especially loving the housing shots.

    Kind of wish I had my license. How long does it take to become a badass?

    • Cheers Tom! I never get bored of taking photos up there – always manage to find something different every time I visit.

      It takes 45 hours flight training to get your PPL, though a lot of people take a bit longer. There are seven ground exams you need to take too, though they’re not too difficult to pass if you read the books :)

  2. stunning!!!

  3. You’ve managed to capture everything so well. The place looks so full of life and color. It has an interesting diversity of animals as well.

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