This thatched stone house and byre must be the most photographed house on North Uist (Uibhst a Tuath). Situated overlooking Vallay Beach (Tràigh Bhalaigh) an amazing sandy bay. Many hundreds of these simple old stone houses stand abandoned throughout the Isles. Some are now being renovated – at considerable expense – often as holiday homes with all mod cons. This does not seem to be an original “blackhouses” which had no chimneys or large windows and were built without mortar but rather in a cottar’s whitehouse with thatched roof.

Nikon D200, Sigma 18-200mm. Postpro in CS4 incl. NikColorEfex polarisation filter.
Location: Sollas / Macleite, Vallay bay, on the A865 from Clachan to Lochmaddy. North Uist, Scotland, UK. 57° 38’ 19.75" N 7° 22’ 28.69" W

13.10.2011, 1036 views

Featured in Northern Landscape, Islands of Great Britain and Ireland and Going Coastal


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  • Richard Ion
    Richard Ionalmost 5 years ago

    They do romanticize what life was like in the past but they also suit the landscape so well – almost growing out of it in places.
    The house, the sky with its fluffy clouds and that stunning water – can’t wait to get back there (oddly, though we have passed this house many, many times, I have never taken a photograph – lol).
    Lovely image Kasia.

  • Thank you, Richard. Romance is part of the tourist attraction:-) I spotted the house when we had to wait for the bin men to pass – and took my first shot on the right. Then of course I spotted it everywhere on postcards, calendars, etc! Cheers, Kasia

    – Kasia-D

  • TaniaLosada
    TaniaLosadaalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful place!

  • Thank you, Tania. It is wonderful, especially if you have that kind of weather:-)

    – Kasia-D

  • Richard Hamilton-Veal
    Richard Hamilt...almost 5 years ago

    What a stunning capture.

  • Thank you, Richard. I was there twice a year apart and was lucky to get perfect weather and lovely clouds both times. This house is rather photogenic:-)

    – Kasia-D

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganalmost 5 years ago

    great shot well composed

  • Thank you very much. I’m pleased you liked the composition. The clouds just sat perfectly:-)

    – Kasia-D

  • mompaq
    mompaqalmost 5 years ago

    Fantastic image!

  • Thank you for your kind comment. Much appreciated.

    – Kasia-D

  • Pat Duggan
    Pat Dugganalmost 5 years ago

    Great shot——-lovely sky & clouds,water,and beautiful cottage—-great work Kaisa !!

  • Thank you, Pat. This house is pretty photogenci whatever the weather, but those fluffy clouds and the high tide added something special that day.

    – Kasia-D

  • Silvia Ganora
    Silvia Ganoraalmost 5 years ago

    Fell in love with the place and house! Great capture too!

  • Thank you, Silvia. It is a beautiful place – though maybe not so nice on a wet, windy winter’s day:-)

    – Kasia-D

  • LindaJBazor
    LindaJBazoralmost 5 years ago

    A beautiful shot of a beautiful spot! I love the cottage. I can’t imagine a more wonderful place for a vacation home.

  • Wow, Linda, thank you for the lovely comment and that feature – really thrilled!! It definitely is a breathtaking location for a vacation. There are a few other houses within walking distance but not much else. And if you love beautiful coastlines – which I’m sure YOU do:-) – then the Outer Hebrides are a must to visit one day.

    – Kasia-D

  • E.R. Bazor
    E.R. Bazoralmost 5 years ago

    Such a beautiful photo!
    Congratulations on the Feature!

  • ER, thank you so much for your comment. I’m really pleased about the feature for this shot:-))

    – Kasia-D

  • Iain Phillips
    Iain Phillipsalmost 5 years ago

    As an Englishman, I’m never quite sure if it’s PC to comment on the open spaces and sense of solitude in the Highlands……but, what a lovely, isolated place, stunningly captured. Wonderful.

  • Iain, I don’t think anyone could take offence at talking about open spaces and solitude. I’m pleased you like this scene and the composition! Thank you for your comment!

    – Kasia-D

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