If you need a heavy dose of gloomy weather the Scottish Highlands might be just what the doctor ordered. Known as the “misty isle,” Skye is getting rather a lot of attention from photographers right now; I visited in October to check what all the hype was about.
Skye is a beautiful place, at every turn in the road there is another landscape to photograph. For me the highlights of the trip were a boat trip from Elgol to Loch Coruisk, and the hike up to the Old Man of Storr. The Quiraing is another winner but then to be honest the entire isle is breath taking and I wish I had stayed longer.
We spent 3 nights on Skye which worked out perfectly. Two of these were spent in Broadford, this is pretty central and it was an easy place to get to and from. We drove south to Elgol on one of the days, and north to Portree, the Old man of Storr and Quiraing the next. We spent another night in Uig, which allowed us to drive along the North coast of Skye and right out to the most westerly place, Neist Point
There are two ways onto the island, over the bridge by car, or over the sea by ferry. On the way up we drove via Fort William where we stopped for the night and made a quick return trip down the wonderful Glen Etive Road. On the way home we returned to the mainland via the ferry crossing from Armadale to Mallaig and spent a night in Morar before driving south for home.
Places we stayed:
- The Ballachulish Hotel (Glen Coe)
- Skye Picture House (Broadford)
- The Woodbine (Uig)
- The Morar Hotel
Things we did:
- Misty Isle Boat Tour
- Old Man of Storr Hike
- Fairy Pools
- The Quiraing
- Neist Point
- Eilen Donan Castle