Posted by: christinelaennec | August 7, 2011

A visit to Ardbuidhe Cottage Gallery

One of our favourite places to visit on Harris is Willie and Moira Fulton’s gallery, Ardbuidhe Cottage in Drinishader.  Willie and Moira display their art in the cottage, and Willie paints in the extension.  Here he is talking on the phone in front of his studio:

Ardbuidhe Cottage Gallery, Isle of Harris

And this is the view!  We are looking across the Minch towards Skye –  you can just make out the stepped edges of the cliffs at Dunvegan:

View from Ardbuidhe Cottage, looking across to the Isle of Skye. July 2011.

On previous occasions, we’ve seen otters and porpoises playing in this bay, although on this afternoon there was only a small fishing boat at work.  Sadly, the coastline here is threatened by a proposed automated fish farm, which will have a terrible impact on this sensitive environment.  (You can read more about the controversy here.)

Inside the gallery, many of Willie’s and Moira’s paintings are like further windows into the Harris landscape:

View from inside the studio.

The Dafter enjoyed looking at the art:

More paintings by Willie and Moira Fulton, July 2011.

And Willie allowed us to come see the paintings in progress in his studio:

Works in progress: Willie Fulton's studio, July 2011.

You can see more of Willie’s paintings on his website.  On this occasion, we bought a print, although we would have liked to have purchased any number of canvases!  If you’re in Harris, you’ll also see his paintings in the Hotel Hebrides in Tarbert, and in the Rodel Hotel.  Ardbuidhe Cottage Gallery is a great place to visit.  Moira and Willie have worked very hard to create this welcoming space with its beautifully planted surroundings – the Gallery deserves its 5-star rating!  I hope that the plans to deface the coastline here will be strongly opposed.

More Harrisian holiday posts to follow soon!



  1. Beautiful art. Well, in my eyes those are not cottages, they are houses.

    Real cottages You can admire in my newest post showing Midsummer cruise on a lake.

    Happy blogging!

  2. Hi Christine,
    I’m really enjoying your posts on Harris & wishing I could go too! Sounds like a perfect summer holiday & beautiful pictures (amazing vibrant 3d rainbow in your previous post!)

  3. That looks absolutely stunning. What an amazing view from their garden. We are hoping to get over to Lewis with some friends who are visiting one day next week – but only for a day trip. We shall need to go back for longer I’m sure at a later date and to explore Harris too

  4. what a lovely gallery, Mark so enjoyed seeing these photos too and he has promised himself a studio like this.x

  5. I love the photos and the paintings of the merging of sky and water. I would love to visit places like this someday. . .

  6. Hi Christine, what a delightful artist’s cottage, looking out over the little bay! I may never get to see Scotland, the homeland of my ancestor’s, but seeing your posts gives me a little window. Thank you for being my eyes! I love the artist’s work, such beautiful colors! Your holiday looks like it was very relaxing. Looking forward to more…xxx Karen

  7. What beautiful works of art…love seeing things in progress. Your photo of the water is beautiful…looks like one of the works of art inside willie’s studio!

  8. how amazing to have your gallery as an extension of your house. i had a peek at his website and i like his pictures of sheep. 🙂

  9. Dear all,

    Thanks very much for all your comments! Yes, Willie and Moira’s gallery is a very special place. I’m glad it’s inspired others (Knitsister, I look forward to seeing Mark’s own painting space!). The landscape of Harris is spectacular on its own, but I really like what Willie does in making it even more mystically so in his paintings. Re. the sheep paintings – he told us once that he had been commissioned to do a self-portrait, and had become so bored with painting himself that he decided to paint what he saw out the window: sheep. He fell in love with painting sheep! He says they are so representative of Harris, as they are literally everywhere, including lazing about on the roads. Apparently the sheep paintings were snapped up in Tokyo!

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