Art & Nature in the Outer Hebrides

Art & Nature in the Outer Hebrides

Bruce Kendrick

  • Nature writing at its best – the narrative of a single journey from Lewis in the north to Vatersay in the south
  • Reveals how heritage in this remote corner of Europe influences both art and craft
  • The synergy between art and nature is explored through the work of several artists
  • Richly illustrated with over 100 of the author’s images of both the work of the artists and the magnificent nature of the Outer Hebrides


Print edition: £18.99
234 x 156mm
224 pages
120 photographs, colour throughout
August 2023

The Outer Hebrides is an island archipelago on the remotest north-western periphery of a bigger island archipelago, itself part of Europe’s Atlantic coastline. And what is Atlantic Europe if not the north-western tip of the vast land mass of Eurasia? Here is an unrivalled sense of place, on the edge, the periphery, the brink.

Bruce Kendrick has been visiting these islands, regularly, since 1970. Art & Nature in the Outer Hebrides combines his highly commendable nature writing with fascinating stories of folk he has met over the years who create wonderful art and crafts in these remote islands. How do these artists, be they painters, potters, photographers, or poets, interpret their world of nature, their culture, their heritage, here in the wilds of the north-east Atlantic Ocean?

Like many worthwhile things in life, making art is not without its challenges. There will be setbacks on any lifelong journey but there will be triumphs too. If there is one trait these Hebridean-based artists do have in common it is their single-minded determination and persistence to create art, in all its many guises, from out of the deep well of their own imagination and their inescapable world of nature’s beauty and inspiration.

Bruce is also an accomplished nature photographer and his supporting images of both art and nature in these islands only add to the book’s appeal.

So come along and enjoy Bruce’s fine narrative style as he travels from Lewis in the north to Vatersay in the south where nature prevails and art flourishes.


Praise for the successful An Eye for Birds, also by Bruce Kendrick

‘…is a beautifully observed, exquisitely written, and a joy to read. …will be certain to delight anyone with an interest in the natural world. Thoroughly recommended’. British Naturalists’ Association  

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