Framing of paintings

Another completed bespoke framing, this time of a fine study of nesting gannets on Boreray, St. Kilda by island artist Elaine Murray.

The painting was mounted behind archival quality antique white board in a white-painted/limewaxed wood frame.

I specialise in making frames to customers’ individual requirements: excellent art should have excellent presentation. Wherever possible, frame mouldings used are approved by the Forest Stewardship Council, which certifies woods sourced from responsibly-managed forests.

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


Photo library – database

John MacLean holds a large image library of photographs from all over the Outer Hebrides / Western Isles, across a wide range of subjects: portraits, people at work, landscape, local events, street views, beach scenes, etc.

Images are supplied optimised for use in print publications and digital media, and excellent discounts are available for multiple purchases.

Get in touch for all your Hebridean image needs!


Expansion in Stornoway

A few of the photos documenting the start of the fitting-out of new offices for NFU Mutual at Cromwell Street Quay, Stornoway. Good to see long-established local businesses expanding into larger premises.

I will be returning at regular intervals to photograph the fitting-out until its completion.




Scottish Opera in the Hebrides

By John MacLean, 30/10/2016


Scottish Opera recently visited the Isle of Lewis as part of a 17-date tour of the country, performing Donizetti’s comic opera L’Elisir d’Amore (The Elixir of Love) to a very appreciative audience in An Lanntair’s arts centre in Stornoway.


I accompanied the cast and crew on a trip to the West Side of Lewis / Callanish Stones before their evening performance, and some of my images were used in an article in Opera Now magazine.
Click on the link below to read the full story.

Opera Now article (PDF file, 5.1 MB).


Lews Castle & Museum guide

The refurbished Lews Castle and the new Museum and Archive in Stornoway are both now open to the public. The brochure published by Natural Retreats, who run the Castle, contains 29 of my photographs.

To view the brochure, right-click on the image and select ‘Save as…’ or ‘Save linked content as…’ to save the PDF file to your computer.

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Lews Castle & Museum, Stornoway

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.




Framing prints

Framing services


Very busy on framing work the past couple of weeks. The latest one off the bench is to be a wedding present: a lovely panoramic James Smith print of a Ness sunset, framed in a wide deep-rebate obeche frame finished with three coats of Danish oil.

If you’re looking to have anything framed, whether for yourself or as a distinctive and unique gift for someone else, just get in touch. Services range from mounting only of prints to contract framing and bespoke framing of large works.


Hebridean Celtic Festival

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!

Hebridean Celtic Festival - Hebcelfest - Facebook


Lochboisdale Cafe

Just back from an enjoyable and sunny trip to South Uist, where I was photographing Lochboisdale Cafe, surely the most colourfully painted business premises in the Hebrides!

Very friendly and helpful staff, homemade cakes, soup and fresh coffee, with internet access and a post office service in the same building, make this an excellent stop when in Lochboisdale.


John MacLean Photography: photographs from the Hebrides.