By John MacLean, 26/06/14
Museum nan Eilean’s new base in Stornoway, connected to the newly refurbished Lews Castle, will be opening its doors to the public on Thursday, 14th July. Displays in the new museum will include photographic exhibitions, many archaeological finds, Viking silver hoards and six of the world famous Lewis Chess pieces discovered in Uig, Isle of Lewis in 1831.
John MacLean Photography is pleased to have been involved in photographing the Museum and Castle extensively during its construction/refurbishment, and wishes all involved in this amazing project best wishes and success for the future.
By John MacLean, 21/07/15:
A set of photos taken around the Castle grounds, harbour and streets of Stornoway during the Hebridean Celtic Festival in July 2015 is now on the John MacLean Photography Facebook page.
Please like and share the page: new photos are added regularly, including many which don’t appear on this website. Thanks!
By John MacLean, 11/05/15:
There has been an amazing rise in the number of tourists visiting the Western Isles/Outer Hebrides in the past few years. A large part of this surge surely is a result of the dramatic reduction in ferry fares following the introduction of RET (Road Equivalent Tariff) by the Scottish Government several years ago. Things are going to get even better for islanders and visitors alike later in 2015, when RET is extended to (among others) the Sound of Harris and Sound of Barra CalMac ferry routes, cutting fares by about 44%/55% for passengers/cars.
Another explanation for the increase in visitor numbers, and one which I see much evidence of as I travel round the Hebrides as a working photographer, is the amount and standard of accommodation now available, even in far-flung corners of the islands where not so long ago even a single basic B&B was hard to find. No longer are visitors restricted to a few hotels and guest houses in Stornoway and a few other main settlements: now their options include campsites, caravan parks, youth hostels, and numerous high quality B&Bs and self-catering properties dotted right round the islands, as a quick look at VisitScotland’s site shows.
The award-winning Hebridean Celtic Festival (hebceltfest for short) celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and is responsible for the largest single influx of visitors of the year into Stornoway and surrounds: a boon for B&B operators, hotels, eateries, bars and many other businesses in and around the town. Before the main evening gigs in the Big Tent a lot of visitors spend the mornings and afternoons travelling round Lewis and Harris, enjoying the beaches, hill climbing, rambling or visiting the many ancient monuments and sites of archaeological interest.
The jewel in the crown of the arts scene in Lewis is undoubtedly An Lanntair arts centre, which opened in October 2005 and runs a varied program of events year-round, including the Faclan book festival, live concerts, films, dance workshops and full-scale art exhibitions in its spacious ground-floor gallery. Taigh Chearsabhagh in Lochmaddy, North Uist is another excellent meeting place combining a fine museum, art exhibition space and cafe/shop under one roof.
Just a few of the many things to check out in the Hebrides, which are now more accessible than ever!
By John MacLean, 17/03/15:
Ihave acquired some new equipment recently for more specialised panoramic work where very wide-view photographs are required (or even 360 degree panoramics, for use as VR quicktime files).
Contact me for more details if you need this kind of work carried out.
By John MacLean, 23/02/15:
Amazingly, An Lanntair in Stornoway is 30 years old this year. I still remember a couple of the photos I showed in the first Grinneas open exhibition in 1985, in its original location in Stornoway Town Hall.
Grinneas still soldiers on annually, and this year’s exhibition opening (and 30th anniversary celebration) takes place on the evening of 28th February.
By John MacLean, 17/01/15
Following on from Lewis & Harris winning the Best European Island Destination title, awarded by the world’s largest travel site TripAdvisor last year, the Outer Hebrides have now been shortlisted twice in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards.
Eoropie beach in Ness is up for the Beach of the Year award, while the Outer Hebrides as a whole will compete to win the Holiday Destination of the Year award. Voting is open until 31st January, 2015!