Definitely time for a holiday, I decided that I needed to see more of Scotland before I ultimately have to leave. With that in mind, I planned to see as many of islands on the West Coast of Scotland as possible without rushing too much.

The adventure started with East Fife Triathlon on the Sunday, an opportunity to see how much training I’d done over the winter and whether my new wheels were worth the investment. As always seems to be the case, it was a lovely day and with my predicted swim I was in the second fastest/last heat so got to watch a few of the other EUTRI contingent fly past before getting into the pool.

The swim was going well, depsite being absolute chaos in the lane I was in, I got about 2/3 through when I turned and pushed off, perhaps a little too hard. In the process, something must of been in the wrong place as I felt my shoulder go and that was my race over. After being inelegantly pulled out of the pool, it luckily went back in of its own accord a couple of minutes later, but still this meant going to Perth Hospital to get it x-rayed and so the adventure had started before it began…

East Fife SwimIn the swim before it was over. Photo: Laura

So after a quick pit-stop the long drive to the Isle of Skye awaited with our B&B located at possibly the furthest end of the island and when we arrived we headed straight for bed. We had one complete day in Skye so decided to try and do as much as possible. We started by heading down to Glenbrittle in search of the Faerie Pools so that we could go for a dip in the clear but cool water. After a refreshing dip we headed to Portree for some lunch, dodged a rain shower and then headed up to the North of Skye to see the Old Man of Storr and a few other things along the way.

Diving into the Faerie Pools, SkyeDiving into the Faerie Pools

The view from the Old ManThe view from the Old Man

Early next morning we headed to Uig to get the Ferry across to Tarbert, Harris, the next island on our adventure. Looking at weather forecast for the next couple of days we decided on a beach day which turned out to be a really good call. With so many beaches to choose from we sampled a few before doing a loop around the South of Harris. Unfortunately when we got back it was time to fill up which isn’t a cheap option on an island, with a litre of petrol costing a bargain 149.9p/l!

On the beach on Harris. Photo: Laura

Driving around Harris

The next day was not so nice so we headed up to explore Lewis, where we saw the Callanish Stones and a Black House before  making it all the way up to the Butt of Lewis. On the way back down to Tarbert where we were staying, we took in Stornoway where we found what seemed to be the one and only big shop on the island. Having managed to take most of both islands in, it was time to move on and the next morning we got the ferry over to Berneray.

With my shoulder feeling a lot better I felt this was my best chance to get out on the bike I’d get and thought I’d better get one cycle in after carrying in around on our travels. So after getting off the ferry I started a very windy 70km down across 4 islands, taking in Berneray, Benbecula, North and South Uist. All of which are linked by a series of causeways over the blue water when the tide is in.

Looking back across the causeway to Benbecula

Whilst on the Uists we stayed at the Orasay Inn, a lovely little place on South uist where the food was amazing. Both evenings here we sampled the local seafood, and on the second night when I ordered Paella I was not disappointed. A huge portion even by my standards, it included every type of seafood you could imagine.

The following day we were both knackered and with the search for a beach on Uists not proving fruitful due to a mass influx of seafood, we had a lazy afternoon before our last day on the island. The next morning we headed down to the island of Eriskay where we saw the Eriskay Ponies just above the beach which were really friendly.

Eriskay Ponies

After seeing the ponies we headed up to Lochboisdale where we boarded our final ferry back to Oban which took a long 5 hours. When we arrived in Oban it was just a short drive to the hotel where we spent the night before heading home the next morning. All in all it was a great little break and a great way to take in a large number of the islands on the West coast. If I was to do it again I would go later on when the weather was better but apart from I’d recommend it to anyone.