Friday, 13 August 2010

Scotish Islands (part 3) South Uist, Benbecula and North Uist

Friday !3th Aug . 2010.
    I've only just found the time to continue and publish my blog on our travels north through the Outer Hebrides earlier this year in June and July. It was a holiday of walking and cycling but one of the reasons for our little adventure was to find the glorious wild orchids that grow on the machair.



                                    The Heath Spotted-Orchid

                         Cotton Grass a plant of acid bogs

                          Bluebells still in flower on the 18th June

                              Looking across to South Uist

                            Wild Pansies on the machair

                  The glorious beaches of North Uist around Solas

                         Overnight pitch on the edge of the beach

The walk along this beach leads to Machair Robach the area where the very rare Hebridean Marsh Orchid grows, after hours of searching it eluded us but as a compensation the machair was full of equally impressive
Northern Marsh, Early Marsh and Frog Orchids.

                                   Northern Marsh Orchid

                                    Early Marsh Orchid

                              Videoing the Tiny Frog Orchids

                                         Frog Orchids

                Another Wonderful waik around machair Leathann

 On most days the mist clung to the mountains like snow (later in the holiday we climbed that mountain)

                          The beautiful beach of Traigh Lar


  1. Stunning scenery and orchids. The color of the water is magnificent.

  2. Glorious photos David! I was brought up in Scotland but never visited the Hebrides.... it's stunning. It's years since I've seen Cotton Grass. I like the little Frog Orchids. Your photos make me want to be there.... now! :)

  3. What a wonderful place. I have added it to my 'to visit' list especially at Orchid time.

  4. Thanks for sharing your photos of both Scotland and the orchids. I am also interested in orchids and have always wanted to visit Scotland. My ancestors are supposedly from there.