Butt of Lewis & Eoropie Beach
Photographing Butt of Lewis
Here is another in the series of photography blogs that feature some of my favourite places in Scotland. Many of the featured places feature dramatic points. This one is no exception, it’s the northern tip of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.
For our visit to Lewis we were greeted upon leaving the ferry at Stornaway by grey skies, strong winds and heavy showers. It was cold too, with lowish temperatures despited it being July.
But as with with most places once the sun comes out and the skies turned blue, the view (and moods) change dramatically.
Usually a treasure like this, at an extreme point of an island, can only be reached by a long and winding, single track road. However, the road to this point in Ness is mostly straight and wide..
Unsurprisingly, considering its position Butt of Lewis is one of the windiest parts of Britain. This though was the point in our trip to Lewis where the luck changed for the better, as even though the weather had been mixed at best there was some lovely early evening sunshine at Butt of Lewis, in addition it was getting warmer..
The imposing lighthouse at Butt of Lewis was built in 1862, by a member of the Stevenson family.
By the lighthouse there are some steep drops by the cliff edges, but with good views of the stacks and cliffs.
There is a grassy bank that you can climb to get a better view of the lighthouse and the rocky coastline that it was built to warn boats about.
A short drive or walk to Eoropie is well recommended. Park next to its large and packed play park, which itself is worth a look around.
From your parking spot walk towards Eoropie’s dunes and the beach. You can see why this is a popular spot for surfing. There was some beautiful end of day light.
There are some good spots for climbing to allow you to get better views of the bay.
This is like a two for the price of one! A beautiful lighthouse set amongst dramatic coastline and another stunning Hebridean beach close by.