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Ewan Morrison  Just phone snaps. San Clemente, CA.

Ortega overnight

Stornoway harbor with Lews Castle in the background.

Last light in the Royal Burgh of Tain, established in 1066.

Wrapping up the shots from Scotland. Just a few more. This is one of my favorites. My son and nephew walking back from dinner in Stornoway at about 10:30 or 11 at night.

Ardroil Sands, Uig. This isn’t even the best beach in the vicinity. The scale is pretty cool, though.

Here it is: the old croft house, on the bluffs above the Atlantic in Breanish. I think my great grandfather built it, but I’m not really sure. Of course now I’m fascinated by it all, so hopefully in time I’ll hear all the stories and learn the history. We briefly met some cousins who live just down the road in Mangersta, Joni and Iain Buchanan, and I look forward to returning and spending some real time in this incredible place, getting to know them and others. Breanish (that’s how I’ve always seen it spelled but I notice on maps it’s Brenish, and the Gaelic is Breanais) is little more than a handful of houses, battened down against the elements near the end of the road. But it’s now one of my favorite places on Earth. Can’t wait to come back.

The area around Uig is stark, rugged, wind-blown... and is absolutely one of the most stunning and beautiful places on Earth. Wow. It truly feels like the edge of the world. This is on the little single-lane road between Mangersta and Breanish, where my dad’s family’s old croft house still stands.

Cute local on the shores of West Loch Roag.

West Loch Roag, a sea loch we passed on the road to Uig parish, where my dad’s family is from. For those following along, this is the second place called Uig we visited on this trip. The name is thought to derive from the Old Norse for “bay” or “inlet.” A lot of salmon, lobster and crab are pulled out of this sea loch.

Lewis light

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