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, although I didn’t know it at the time.
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 may not be an original “blackhouse” which had no chimneys or large windows and were built without mortar but perhaps rather a cottar’s whitehouse with a thatched roof.
Dedicated to my customer of a poster who generously took the time to send me a lovely message!
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.
Sold a poster – thank you to the buyer in the UK for your purchase and your lovely message. May it bring you lots of pleasure!!
2666 views, 20.09.2016
Featured in Highland and Islands Photographers, Redbubble Boomers, Northern Landscapes, Just Fun, A Place to Call Home (2x), 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