Gruinard Bay has a rich history. Firstly, the road that curves around the sands of the bay is built on top of one of the old Destitution Roads. These roads were built during the 1840s during a period of severe famine in the Highlands. This scheme provided employment for farmers in return for oatmeal rations. Secondly, during the 1940s the British Government requisitioned Gruinard Island which sits a kilometre offshore, just out of shot, in order to test anthrax. Eighty sheep were deposited on the island before small anthrax bombs were detonated around them. The dramatic effects were recorded on film and the conclusion was that anthrax would cause devastating and lasting damage to German cities. Decontamination of the island has proved challenging.
This is probably my favourite photograph from my Scottish collection because of the intense colours. The harsh summer light of midday in June strengthens the marine colours and picks out the bare Lewisian gneiss of the hills.