I have played with the idea of making a website for the Southern Hebrides, the islands of Argyll, for quite some time now. Ever since I visited the isle of Islay for the first time I fell in love with this unique part of Scotland. The area is steeped in history and has some of the most stunning scenery I can imagine. It’s here on these islands where you get the real sense of island life, something so well described by Hamish Haswell-Smith, the author of the book islands of Scotland, a book I can highly recommend.
Back in 2005 I started the website www.islayinfo.com some years later followed by the Jura Info site. Both sites are dedicated to some of the most beautiful islands in the Inner Hebrides. The Southern Hebrides website and blog is for me a logical follow up of the Islay and Jura websites and it’s also a homage to this magical part of Scotland.
There are many islands in the Southern Hebrides, most of them are not (yet) visited by me. But that didn’t stop me from making this website. Building each page and doing research on the islands and their history was a learning process, something I did, and still do, with great pleasure. For me it’s an escape into a world I don’t live in but would love to be a part of. My trips to this part of the world are the highlight of each year and every time I discover new features, learn more and get to know more people and even make close friends.
The Southern Hebrides blog is a place where I want to share snippets of island information and pictures which I find on my real as well as virtual journeys. Don’t expect daily posts but every now and then I will try to give you some background information about this fantastic area which is so much worth visiting and cherishing.
Thanks very much for your visit and I welcome you back anytime. If you have any comments, want to see certain information here or just want to send me an email please feel free to contact me through my feedback form.
Vicki Paton says
Wonderful site!! Stunning photographs!! Many thanks for gathering all this excellent information for people like me to enjoy.
Vicki Paton – Raleigh North Carolina USA
What a beautiful and evocative blog, Ron – ‘chapeau’ as they say on this side of the ‘auld alliance’! Always wanted to visit the western isles (esp Jura for its George Orwell associations), and never made it while in the UK. So especially grateful to you for giving me and other readers an opportunity for a virtual visit – thank you.