“I guess I’m now pretty much a veteran of travelling to the Hebrides, I’ve been coming here for the last 14 years having first got the tip off from Scotty McKercher who went there on a surf trip with the UK’s biggest Surf Magazine. Not much has changed in those 14 years apart from maybe the surf forecasts being a little more accurate but still as unpredictable as ever!
My trips to the Outer Hebrides generally always follow the same pattern…LAST MINUTE!!! I normally give my wife and anyone who is coming with me about 6 hours notice, as it is so far away you really want to leave the final decision on going until the last minute and the last update on any surf forecasts, that way you can ‘almost’ guarantee the conditions. I’d say this trip was the perfect weather pattern, not too cold (6-9 degrees!!!), sunny and not too big a swell. The conditions were maybe equal to the best I’ve ever had up there, for sure one of my top 5 trips I’ve ever had anywhere in the world! Day 1 was a nice warm up on 4.7 and logo high, cross off on a long punchy reef break, Day 2 was sunny cross off perfection on 4.2 at the best spot on the island, pumping logo-mast high all day sailing until we literally could not hold onto the boom! Day 3 was the biggest day, 5.0 cross/cross off mast high + with some of the longest rides any of us have ever had! The only thing we missed out on this trip was a surf session as it was pretty much windy the whole time. We even managed to drag ourselves away from our pimp hotel on Saturday night for a sample of the local nightlife, that was pretty good craic as a night out in Stornaway has been cited as one of the most crazy nights out in the UK, lets just say its not the guys who are the most aggressive!!
With our fill of windsurfing and the forecast for our last day not looking so windy we decided to bail the island early and catch the Cal Mac ferry back to the mainland with the prospect of a days snowboarding in the Cairngorms, the Scottish Alps!!
Normally the snowboarding in Scotland is pretty hardcore as it is normally too windy but the forecast for our session was looking perfect, a good dump of snow overnight with light winds and sunshine all day. It really did make a perfect end to an amazing trip, if anything the pics do not do the trip justice but on this sort of mission it is the pictures that are left in your head for a lifetime that make us keep coming back for more!!”
More pictures from the Outer Hebrides