We loved our brief trip around The Uists. It had been on my list for a number of years and we made sure during the summer of 2014 that we would pack the Land Rover with our camping gear, a few cameras and head north, ferry tickets in hand. We fell in love with every island we visited, each was unique in its own right. Each was so wild, often so remote and always so beautiful. The sense of community was evident everywhere we went. When I photographed these deserted South Uist crofts I wanted to know their story. They had been homes once for generations and perhaps some will be again one day. For many I imagine the cost of repair, conversion far outweighed the cost of building afresh. 

It was wonderful to share some of these images on Facebook and to receive such wonderful feedback. To start to understand some of that history, to see the buildings as homes and to imagine them with peat smoke drifting from the chimneys.  In a place like South Uist, the history isall around, many local families remain. It was wonderful to hear of those who owned the land, those who had visited family there as children on their holidays.

A photograph can be a wonderful catalyst for bringing such wonderful memories to the surface. It was a privilege to visit these stunning islands and I can’t wait for an opportunity to go back and explore further. I’ve always dreamed of living in a small cottage, not too far from the sea, a simpler life, a slower pace surrounded by such raw and wonderful nature. I’ll ensure next time I have more time.

Lots of wonderful info on the South Uist website http://www.southuist.com/

Why wait book yourself a ferry! https://www.calmac.co.uk/

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