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The Island of Skye

A Hebridean Island

The Old Man of Storr at dawn

Living on Skye has lots of advantages; being able to regularly walk amongst some of the most stunning scenery in the world being one of them. I used to try to take my camera (Nikon D2X) with me whenever I can but the weight of the body and lenses was getting hard to bear, so I shifted to a D300s and Lumix G6 for walking nowadays.  If the walk is a good long one or the terrain difficult I take my compact a Canon G9 which has given me some wonderful results. The image above was taken as dawn broke over the Sound of Raasey, with the Old Man of Storr in the foreground.

Looking south east from the Cuillin ridge  towards Strathaird and Sleat. Winter brings its own benefits to islanders - one being that you are very often alone when up amongst the peaks.  

 

 

In the spring, the hills are bereft of green and the remnants of the winter snow add contrast to the hills.

 

 

 

 

The sun sets over distant Canna as seen from the beach at Glen Brittle on a cold evening

The abandoned villages of Suisnish and Boreraig are within walking distance of Elgol and are a great place to visit.

The people were cleared from the land in outrageous fashion by the MacDonalds of Armadale and there is still a feeling of sadness about the place.

This single stone slab bridges the village burn and would have seen heavy use when the area was populated..

Further north at the entrance to Loch Bracadale are the famous sea stacks known as Macleods Maidens.  It is a lovely afternoons walk to stroll round to them from the road end at Orbost.

Also on the Duirinish peninsula is the famous Neist point with its lighthouse.  A brisk walk down some steep steps leads to a pleasant shore line walk with a very good chance of seeing whales and dolphins feeding in the tide race.

At Skeabost the River Snizort which used to be a prolific salmon river, the waters part to form a small flood swept island.  Here there is a very old burial ground and small (very) chapel dating back to the time of St Columba who was a visitor.

The chapel is a ruin now although there is some effort taken to keep the island tidy.

There are many gravestones dating back over the centuries and well worth a look.

At the north of the island, on the Trotternish ridge, there was a major landslip aeons ago.  This resulted in the formation of some wonderful scenery in the area now known as the Quaraing.

Some of the pinnacles and rock structures are quite amazing - this spike being known as the Needle.

The main village of the island is Portree with its sheltered harbour - a good central place to stay with easy access to all parts of the isle.

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