Alan Barrett Images | The Bigger Picture | Beaches of Lewis & Harris

There can surely be no beaches around the UK coastline that compare with those of Lewis & Harris - the combination of white, or near white sand together with sea of colours more often associated with tropical climes makes for irresistible vistas. At low tide many of the beaches have long stretches of sand showing lovely sand patterns, often accentuated by streams running out to sea.

The weather in these far northern Scottish islands can be unpredictable, but that only adds to the pleasure for a photographer.