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:
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:
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:
The Dafter enjoyed looking at the art:
And Willie allowed us to come see the paintings in progress in his studio:
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!