Hebredian Celtic Festival celebrated its 16th birthday in style this weekend with a wonderful fusion of local and international Celtic acts. Of particular note was the new second stage at the main castle site, launched under the Scotland's Islands Programme, which allowed for twice as many performers to perform.
Located and timetabled with careful forethought to dovetail with proceedings in the larger tent, the Scotland's Islands stage gave a platform to a mix of younger and up-and-coming folk acts with those of a somewhat more indie persuasion.
It was the perfect addition to of a four-day musical feast that even defied Saturday's forecast heavy rain with golden sunshine instead, against not only the familiar baronial backdrop of Lewis Castle, but the spectacle of Stornoway harbour filled with a contingent from the Tall Ships fleet.
The Scotland’s Islands Programme continues until April 2012, showcasing the opportunity, diversity and excitement of island life. Visit www.scotlandsislands.com for more information.