Beautiful Beaches of Scotland’s Outer Hebrides – A Guest Post From My Sister Morag

I’m thrilled today to have a post sent over from Scotland by my younger sister, Morag.

Mo, her husband and wee boys and my mum went to North Uist for their summer holidays in late July this year.

They had some absolutely glorious weather, and Mo took some marvellous photos. The photo above is of Claddach Beach on the island called North Uist.

Here are more lovely photos, with Mo’s Top Five Fave Things To Do in the Outer Hebrides.


The Outer Hebrides are the long chain of islands furthest west off the Scottish mainland. You catch a ferry from the Isle of Skye to get to them.

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There are many different islands in the Outer Hebrides. We were based in North Uist, and visited berneray and South Uist, and Benbecula above, where the A marker is.

Paibles Beach, North Uist

This is Paibles Beach, North Uist

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Splashing in the sea at Paibles Beach

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Berneray West Beach

Five Favourite Things To Do On Our Outer Hebrides Holiday

1. Going back to Bernerary West Beach where my husband got down on bended knee in 2006 and asked me to marry him. Which was pretty amazing as I had been exceedingly grumpy all day due to rain and camping in it.

2.  Body surfing on the waves at Bernerary Beach, this was the first swim of the summer. And the realisation that the water was warm.

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Claddach Beach, North Uist

3. Walking out over the causeway to the 2000 year old Broch. The broch is in the middle of a brackish loch and to get to it you have to go over a couple of ancient causeways. The loch used to be tidal. There was apparently a stone that rocked (in ancient times) so that the people would know if anyone was approaching.

4. Exploring the rock pools with the boys and our new seashore identification book at Paibles Beach. Getting our toes nibbled by shrimps whilst doing so.

5. The last day of our hols coz it was so HOT  It was 28°c and we went to two amazing beaches, Claddach and Balranald. We were blown away by the beauty of the place; the turquoise seas, the beautiful machair, gorgeous scenery. The Hebrides at their best.

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This is the machair, the low-lying fertile grassy plains found in this part of Scotland. The flowers are so beautiful on the machair and the bird life they attract is amazing.

The weather wasn’t all blue skies and sunshine though, here are some rainy photos, very Scottish.

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A cairn by the sea on a grey, grey day.

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Reading the weather forecast!


Thanks so much Morag for sharing these breath-taking photos from your holiday.

Please can we come next time? And please can the sun shine as it did for your last days in the beautiful Outer Hebrides.

Have you visited Scotland’s Outer Hebrides?

Ever had a wee notion to go there?


Learn more about the Outer Hebrides on this website.


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Posted on: September 18, 2013


  • Reply September 18, 2013

    Deborah Dickson-Smith

    Beautiful! But what was that water temperature really like? 🙂

    • Reply September 19, 2013

      Seana Smith

      Aprroximately bloody freezing, I’m sure… but so clear… I used to scuba dive in Scotland as a teenager wearing woolly socks instead of boottees – so, so cold… But my wee sis is made of stern stuff.

  • Reply September 18, 2013

    Hotly Spiced

    I love the images, they are all stunning. The one of flowers in the grasses is gorgeous and then there are the rainy shots! It’s amazing how your sister says it was such a hot day when it was only 28C. It’s about that here today and I’m in winter clothes! xx

    • Reply September 18, 2013

      Seana Smith

      28C is absolutely boiling for Scotland and especially for that part. It’s rarely ever been 30C… the mid 20s feel so hot there even. But the folks are very tough… not me, I’m wimpy now…. but my sister and nephews are as tough as anything. Very hardy people, the Scots.

  • Reply September 18, 2013


    I want to go to Scotland!

    • Reply September 18, 2013

      Seana Smith

      Lets go! Actually I am going… taking the kids to Scotland for their first ever cold Christmas this year. My husband has to work right over Christmas and New Year so I reckoned it was a good option. Need to start knitting warm scarves and woolly hats again.

  • Reply September 18, 2013

    Mellisa Turner

    Amazing shots ! The best part, which I like, was the forecasting stone.

    • Reply September 18, 2013

      Seana Smith

      Yes, it’s great isn’t it – really made me laugh. And 100% accurate I am sure.

  • Reply September 18, 2013

    Mairi Stones

    Great post by Mo, fab photos. I like the big seaweed one best. We really do have some amazing beaches all over the west coast and islands. Tralee at Christmas Seana, wrap up warm though it’ll be brassy. X

  • Reply September 20, 2013


    Wow, look at how clear that water at Paibles Beach is! I want to go for a swim right now!!!
    Thanks, Morag.

    • Reply September 20, 2013

      Seana Smith

      Me too! It reminded me of some perfect days we had when I was a child in Scotland… lovely memories.

  • Reply September 20, 2013


    that almost looks like a tropical beach from the looks of the sandy white beaches, must be cold?

    • Reply September 20, 2013

      Seana Smith

      The water is really cold, if I remember about 14C and less in winter. Must check that out.

  • Reply September 20, 2013

    Bob R

    I love the weather forecast. 🙂

    • Reply September 20, 2013

      Seana Smith

      So funny isn’t it. So true too.

  • Reply September 21, 2013

    Michele {Malaysian Meanders}

    I want to go to Scotland some day. I never pictured it looking like this, though. That water is so clear. And I almost believed Mo when she said the water was warm until I read the previous comments. I like my beaches to have bathwater temperature water.

  • Reply September 21, 2013


    I’ve always said the beaches of Scotland are among the most beautiful in the world. I’ve only been to the outer hebrides once – but it was stunning, and I’m definitely going back – one day… soonish! Gorgeous photos and I love the forecasting rock!

  • Reply September 21, 2013

    Jackie Smith

    Yes, we were on the same wave length weren’t we this week? It is fun to see how similar the beaches and the travel experiences were. Great minds. . .
    We are now on countdown to Sydney and can hardly wait to board that ship that will take us there in October! Your previous posts are helping build the excitement, by the way!

  • Reply September 22, 2013

    Desire Empire

    How clear is that water? And I love the marriage proposal story.

  • Reply September 23, 2013

    Mary {The World Is A Book}

    I never would have expected this from Scotland. What a beautiful beach and lucky them for great weather. This is the Scotland I would like to have when I finally visit. That beach looks so inviting.

  • Reply September 24, 2013


    How gorgeous, and they were lucky to have such fantastic weather. Many years ago I visited the Isle of Mull…rain and mud up to my knees :), but then the weather gods looked after me on the Isle of Sky with nothing but beautiful sunshine!

  • Reply October 3, 2013


    Scotland looks so beautiful. It has always been my plan to take a trip here. I just booked myself tickets with Lufthansa because this is the only airline i trust with their comfort and food. Hopefully it will be a trip worth reminiscing.

    • Reply October 4, 2013

      Seana Smith

      Lovely Clifford, I’m going over Christmas with the kids, flying with Emirates though as it’s the quickest and easiest route for us, going straight into Glasgow. Love avoiding Heathrow! Hope you have a lovely time there.

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