Shiants bothy
       
     
Shiants bothy
       
     
Shiants bothy

During summer 2015 I was working for the RSPB on a seabird tracking project and was lucky enough to spend a month on the Shiant Isles, in the Minch between Ullapool and Lewis. We were investigating where the island's huge population of razorbills and guillemots were feeding.

I was staying in a tent beside the small bothy, the only building on the islands and, as the weather was wet, cold and windy, was extremely grateful we had been granted to access to it.

No electricity or running water, nothing more high tech than a radio for tuning into the weather forecasts. Just a battered old stove, a roaring fire, a bottle of whisky and a few people telling stories. Great evenings, and then going outside to see a lovely sunset.

For more on the Shiants see Adam Nicholson's book Sea Room or the BBC television programme The Last Seabird Summer?

 

Location: Shiant Isles, Hebrides, Scotland. Date: 7th June 2015. Camera: Canon 7D with 17-10mm Sigma lens @ 7mm and ND8 grad filter. 1/200 sec, f/7.1, ISO 100.