The Facebook page Western Isles Weather has today (Monday 27 April) become the unexpected location for an outpouring of love and appreciation for island life.
The weather page set a challenge for followers after some of those who’d planned a trip to the islands this year expressed their disappointment at the cancellation of holiday plans.
The page co-ordinators said: “A few people are really gutted about not being able to come to the islands this year. They love seeing photos of the islands on this page, as it brings lots of memories and makes them look forward to a time when we are open again.
“If people would share one photo of the islands, include location and what the picture is of. It doesn’t have to be weather – it can be a building, a place, an event, a moment – something that captures Hebridean life.”
Island-lovers responded with enthusiasm, posting more than 300 pictures within 12 hours. And although many showed the beautiful scenery, wildlife and beaches we’ve come to expect, there were also some more unexpected aspects of island life highlighted.
A spokesman for the page said: “It’s really amazing to see and hopefully has raised a smile for many people seeing familiar places to which they will one day return. We’re chuffed with the huge response, which made us smile and really does show the love people feel for the islands.”
We’ve posted a selection of the pictures here, but you can view the full love letter to the islands at www.facebook.com/WesternIslesWeather/
Eoligarry beach, Barra, taken yesterday (Barbara MacNeil-Smyth)
On the Boat (Ja Ca)
Port of Ness, October – Doggie heaven (Hilary Burns)
The phonebox on Scarp, installed in 1946 (Colin Macleod)
South Uist otter (Julie Kelty)
Temple Sands, Little Bernera at 10pm (Simon Butler)