After months of anticipation, the Hebridean Celtic Festival 2014 is finally underway and the Isle of Lewis is bursting at the seams with excited festival-goers. Accommodation is virtually impossible to find and camp-sites are a splash of colour, crammed with tents of all shades and hues. Calmac Ferries and Flybe staff are working hard to cope with the rush, on what is possibly the most hectic week of the year for them.
Unfortunately, today's weather is a bit damp and dismal but, if the forecasts are to be believed, things will improve for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. In any case, such is the quality of talent on show at HebCelt, the inconvenience of an occasional little spot of drizzle would be barely noticed.
This year, there is marvellous news for those unfortunate people who are unable to attend the event in person, as BBC Alba are screening live coverage of the festival from 10pm till midnight on both Friday and Saturday nights. If you are going to be out on these nights, remember to set up your TVs to record the programmes - this is an event not to be missed!
Full details of the artistes and programme can be obtained on the HebCelt website http://www.hebceltfest.com