Hut of the Shadows

North Uist | Lochmaddy | Camera Obscura | ★★

[Hut of the Shadows]

This quirky little art installation lies just across a rocky strait from the north side of Lochmaddy village. Inside a turf-roofed, stone-walled hut next to the shoreline is a camera obscura: a simple, pinhole camera designed to project the sea view onto the back wall of the hut. The easiest way of reaching the building is unusual too; access is by a rickety suspension bridge which may or may not be completely safe (check local signage) and stone causeways across the tidal channel. Highly recommended if you're spending any time around Lochmaddy.

[Camera Obscura view from inside the hut]

Location & info

📌 Hut of the Shadows ★★
Off minor road 1 mi north of Lochmaddy, North Uist, G.R.: NF 923695 ///giving.nudge.clouds
🚌 Bus stops at Sherriff Court (0.5 mi) | 🚗 Limited space to park at G.R.: NF 921692 ///slot.thing.tucked (don't block access). Last section of approach road is unsurfaced.
Always open | Free

💬 From the parking area it's a 10-min walk (each way) north to the hut on a reasonable path with some boggy patches. Access involves crossing a suspension bridge, with a very small sign in 2019 warning the bridge may be unsafe.

[Suspension bridge accessing the hut]

[Hut and sea views]

[Bridge with North Uist hills beyond]

[On the footbridge]

[Coastal scenery on the path to the hut]


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