As summer draws to a close we take a moment and reflect on some of this year’s summer highlights.
Music, as always, played a big parts in the proceedings with the much anticipated HebCelt Festival in Lewis and BarraLive on the Isle of Barra taking centre stage.
And the local agricultural shows continued to go from strength to strength with a range of new attractions such as stunt bikes, bouncy castles and fair-rides going hand-in-hand with the traditional strong-man events and live stock competitions.
Local communities this year again showed great skill and commitment organising the shows which, for many, are the high points of the summer.
Good weather was also a theme for this year’s agricultural shows - and even when the sun struggled to make an appearance a good time was still had by all, with Uig Gala Day being a prime example.
As always no summer is complete without a chance to dress up - and with this year’s Lewis Carnival also came a revival of one of the cornerstone summer events.
With worrying signs at the start of the year Lewis Carnival 2013 was one of the best in recent years.
Tens of floats paraded down the streets of Stornoway and big crowds gathered to take in the sights.
From the reinvention of the Muirneag, a life sized bull rolling down the road, a visit from the cast of Star Trek and some lovely Sea Angling mermaids - was a colourful spectacle.
And before the summer was out there was still time for car enthusiast to gather with the annual Rally Hebrides and Motor Show in Tong.
Here’s to a great summer 2013.