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Beautiful Wasteland... Autumn in Scotland's Northern and Western Isles


A few photos from my recent trip to Shetland, Orkney, Inverness, and the Outer Hebrides.

The gallery's title is from a song by the Scottish group Capercaillie.

The complete set of 571 images can be seen at: https://pbase.com/dwerner/islands

Gamma optimized for Macs and printing (may look dark on PCs)- View in "Original" size if possible.

Thank you for dropping by. - All photos Dave Werner 2005

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The ferry ship Hamnavoe looms over smaller classic workboats... two lobster boats, a small ferry, and a dive boat. Picturesque marconi rigged skiff close hauled off of Inner Holm, in Stromness Harbour. Night falls on the inner harbour with the mainland ferry still out. Even with the construction crane looming, Stromness Harbour and Scapa Flow look magical.
Stromness still has centuries old narrow alleys (this one is Khyber Pass!) running off the main street. What can  say?  I want it! This alley features one of Stromness' best restaurants. It rained often while I was there, but those wet flagstones look so good in the photos!
One of the taller stones in the Ring of Brodgar (man is roughly 6 feet tall). The misty rain kept the crowds down, and the light was magical at times... Surrounded by the great concentric circles of hills and lochs, you stand within the stone circle and feel the site's power. The freeze-thaw cycle in winters will eventually split and destroy the stones...
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