Travelling around one of my favourite places in the world, I noticed this renovated stone house and byre, overlooking Vallay Beach (Tràigh Bhalaigh) an amazing sandy bay. It turns out to be one of the most photographed houses on North Uist (Uist a Tuath), appearing on many postcards too. Many hundreds of these simple old stone houses stand abandoned throughout the Isles. Some are now being renovated at considerable expense as holiday homes with all mod cons. This one does not seem to be an original “blackhouse” which had no chimneys or large windows and were built without mortar but it is rather a cottar’s whitehouse with a thatched roof.
Location: Sollas/Macleite, Vallay bay, on the A865 from Clachan to Lochmaddy, North Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK.
Nikon D200, Sigma18-200mm. Captured in RAW. F/3,5-6,3G; 22mm, F/9, 1/160s, ISO 100, June 2007.
03.05.2013, 1209 views
Featured in Highland and Islands Photographers, Redbubble Boomers, Northern Landscapes, Just Fun, A Place to Call Home, Beach, River and Lake Treasures, BBB’s – Boats! Beaches! Bays!
Challenge Winner in Preserving History – Old Homes around the World
Accompanying music by Four Stone Walls by Capercaillie