Point & Sandwick wind turbines, 2018

By John MacLean, 15/01/2020


On this date two years ago I was photographing the Point and Sandwick Trust wind turbines (Beinn Ghrideag) on the outskirts of Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, for The Guardian. In contrast to the current wet and windy weather in Lewis, conditions then were extremely cold and crisp, with occasional heavy hail showers ripping across the landscape.

Point and Sandwick Trust was named 2018 UK Social Enterprise of the Year and uses income from the community wind project to help fund community projects across the island.



Picture library

John MacLean Photography holds a large image library of the Outer Hebrides / Western Isles, comprising thousands of high-quality photos.

Covering a wide range of subjects such as landscape, archaeology, street scenes, people at work and public events, the library images are suitable for book and magazine publication, exhibition use, websites, etc. Some of my work printed on a larger scale can be seen in the foyer and the main exhibition gallery of Lews Castle Museum and Archive.


High-resolution images of the Hebrides.


Framing of lino prints

Abare wood framing of a set of four limited edition lino prints by artist Catriona Black, illustrating almost lost, or just excellent, Gaelic words collected by 19th-Century priest, poet and folklorist Fr. Allan in South Uist & Eriskay.

Catriona featured 42 such illuminated words in her book Sly Cooking, published by Acair in 2017.

Linocut prints framed by John MacLean.


Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters

The year 2020 is Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters, with a varied programme of events to start off the year. Scotland has thousands of lochs and lochans, many rivers and streams and some of the most varied and spectacular coastline in the world.

Led by VisitScotland, a year-long programme of activities and events will spotlight the impact Scotland’s waters have had on the landscapes, the coastline and the economy, from the shaping of striking natural formations to the making of Scotch whisky.

Hulabhaig group exhibition, Uig.

Two Geoff Stear paintings I framed for a group exhibition curated by Hulabhaig are shown below.

The show, ‘A Work In Progress’ comprising work by four artists – Andrea Ingram, Geoff Stear, Stephan-Maria Aust and Andy Laffan – was exhibited in December 2019 in Timsgarry, Uig, Isle of Lewis and included painting, photography and sculpture.


Art work by Geoff Stear.


Grinneas nan Eilean 2019

There is a very wide range of art work on display at An Lanntair’s Grinneas nan Eilean open exhibition in Stornoway. Hundreds of works are on display in the gallery, including sculptures, paintings, prints, photographs, textiles and ceramics.

The exhibition closes on 2nd February, 2020.

Framing of art work

A recent framing of original works by Reinhard Behrens and Barbara Rae.

Please get in touch if you have artwork you want framed by hand to the highest standard, whether it’s for exhibition, for your own walls or for giving as a gift.

Framing of original art works by Reinhard Behrens and Barbara Rae


Newton Basin marina

Work is progressing on the new marina currently under construction at Newton Basin/Goat Island, Stornoway.

The development is part of Stornoway Port Authority’s twenty-year £66 million masterplan aimed at boosting the islands’ economy.

The marina is on course for completion in Spring 2020.


Stornoway harbour, Isle of Lewis, Western Isles.