On 24th August we took a boat trip to the Garvellachs, a group of uninhabited islands off the west coast of  Scotland.

Known for their early Christian settlements, the ruins of which are still visible, the Garvellachs are now a sanctuary for wildlife.  Covered in heather, bracken and wild flowers, they’re a naturalist’s paradise, and the habitat is largely undisturbed.  We photographed as many species as possible during our short time there, but I’m sure that, if you visited in spring or early summer, you’d find a completely different range of flowers in bloom.

To add to the magic, many of the plants were growing in the walls of the ruined monastery;  harebells and lichen had made a home among the ancient stones, and the graveyard was a mass of yellow hawkweed and mauve self-heal.

You can read more about our visit to the Garvellachs, and see some photos of their wonderful historical remains, in my recent entry in Jo’s Journal.