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    Scottish islands: Lewis

    No apology required for re-visiting this astonishing place, for my post on the Isle of Lewis! Callanish takes you back to the elements – it’s raw and cold, like bones of the earth, and it has a strong magic, too.   We went there on a windy day in September, with a strangely ethereal sky and quite challenging lighting.   At first I thought most of the photos were useless but with a bit of imagination they have been resurrected. Photo copyright © Jo Woolf You can read more about my visit to Callanish here on The Hazel Tree. More Scottish islands in this series:    Kerrera, Islay, Skye, Lismore

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    Scottish islands: Kerrera

    Kerrera is the long, low island that sits like a natural storm barrier between Oban Bay and the Firth of Lorn.  It has a marina on its eastern side, and the CalMac ferries are constantly coming and going around its northernmost point, on their way to the outer islands.   Taking your car to Kerrera isn’t really an option, and there are no real roads there anyway – you are better exploring it on foot. On the south coast of Kerrera stands Gylen Castle, built by the MacDougalls in 1582.   It’s on my list of places to visit!  This photo was taken from the sea, on our way to the Garvellachs a couple of years…