Last time we went to Harris we never saw the top of Clisham: this time we climbed it. We did it the day after we arrived just in case the weather didn't hold. It was quite a good day - good enough for a sketch on the top - and what a view we got, down over the ridges of the North Harris Hills. Even managed to make out St Kilda on the horizon.
Day 3 - a bit more energetic. We headed to Huisinis, planning to walk over to Loch Cravadale. It was very windy, and the wind was funneling down the valley, making sketching difficult. Nevertheless, I sheltered behind a rock and managed to do this. Wanted to capture the stormy sea!
And I loved the view of the three lochs
And I managed a very quick sketch of Scarp and the other wee island.
We were in a lovely cottage at Seilebost http://www.visitouterhebrides.co.uk/accommodation/seol-mara-seilebost-p553931
It was lovely to walk out on the beach
And those pale evening colours
Day 5 - off to Rodel and the walk to Borrisdale. It was such a warm day and the colour of the grass was such an intense green. Lunch overlooking the bays with Skye and the mainland on the horizon.
Lunch in that great seafood place in Scalpay https://www.facebook.com/NorthHarbourBistro/ (well recommended), and a couple of sketches on the way back to the cottage.
Day 7 -a quieter day. But still time for sketching - this one is of Ben Luskentyre from the cottage.
Day 8 - it rained a little! But it was good enough for a walk up the Coffin Road. Trying so hard to work out how to capture the grain of the landscape, the look of the rocks and the grass.
And coming back - more rocks and grass, but a view over one of the lochans to Luskentyre.
Day 9 - over to the Golden Road, and our favourite place - walking out from Manais. I love the old fishing pools and this is a great example. And that's the mainland on the horizon.
Found an island and a half to sketch at lunchtime (Eilean Mhanais)
And after the walk we headed south again and stopped at this point in the bay of seals.
And finally a last (very quick) sketch of Seilebost beach, looking toward Luskentyre. Still with the amazingly bright colours.
We were so lucky. I went to Harris hoping for some moody skies and stormy atmosphere, but I got some beautiful weather with lovely colours. Much more challenging for me to take forward!
And a bit of decision-making - which sketches have the makings of a good picture?
Watch this space....