I first visited the Outer Hebrides in January 2005. A devastating storm had just passed through and I saw first hand how vulnerable these low lying, coastal communities were. The islands were a mess, prompting my first beach clean.
More recently, I studied Geography at the University of Dundee with particular interest in dynamic coasts before spending two year in New Zealand experiencing life in the southern hemisphere.
Today, I’m living on the Isle of Berneray with a population of around 120 people. I’ve always had a love for these islands ever since my first visit. As an amateur photographer and outdoors person, this is an epic playground. Island life is interesting in such a rural and exposed location. We get some wild weather but I try to go by the saying “there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad choice in clothing”!
The coastlines here are truly awesome and diverse with some of the highest rated beaches in the UK such as the famous Luskentyre in Harris. We have a strong community with bonds throughout the Western Isles, which are mainly connected by ferries and causeways. I hope to help drive these people to collectively protect and conserve the amazing coastlines we are surrounded by.