Saturday, April 22

Road tripping thru the Scottish Highlands - A Day on Skye

Looking over Skye Bridge to Skye, from Kyle of Lochalsh


This post is going to be dedicated to our day trip to the Isle of Skye.

There was no time for whisky tasting, exploring the fishing villages or taking too much time over our meals......  It was all about the landscapes, and we covered a lot of ground to see as much as we could!
Reflections in Loch Ainort

Glen Sligachan and The Cuillin Hills
Although I was on a bit of a mission to get up to the Quiraing in the north of Skye, we did stop a few times for photos and stretching legs - including an hour long session of "bog hopping" next to the River Sligachan in an effort to get the picture above!

More views from the road north..........


The Old Man of Storr

Looking over Rona back to the mainland
In the 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest, there was an amazing picture (taken by Jonathan Fuhrmann) of a green mountainous landscape that just left me in total awe. But there was no indication of the location. 
Fast forward to a random "pop-in" to the National Scottish Portrait Gallery, in Edinburgh, at the start of this trip..........
they were hosting a Landscape Photography Exhibition - and there was the same picture!! Reproduced as a massive print, mounted on a large wall, all to itself - and it blew me away.  
More to the point, the accompanying label gave me the location - The Quiraing on the Isle of Skye.

So there I had my specific objective for our planned day on Skye.

We didn't have the time, or inclination, to go far along any of the many trails in the area - just far enough to get out of the crowd........

Below are my attempts at capturing that magnificent landscape in the north of Skye.


looking north.....

looking south.....

and looking south again.
Then it was time to head back south.......

With a diversion to the fishing village of Elgol to get another photographic angle on the Cuillin Hills....


A welcome stop for some of the best Fish and Chips I've ever had, in the village of Broadford.....

and crossing back over Skye Bridge as the day turned to evening........


One of the best parts, of the one of the best days we had on this roadtrip, was the fresh, home-baked banana bread with hot chocolate and cream waiting for us at our B&B in Nostie!

Perfect end to a perfect day!