Eilean A` Cheo

Cuillin and river
Cuillin and river
Originally uploaded by framboise.

Skye truly is an island of mist. We woke to misty wetness every morning, but the weather usually cleared up by lunchtime to leave the most beautiful blue skies. Skye is now accessible by a toll-free bridge from the Kyle of Lochalsh, which takes some of the magic of the Western Isles away from it, and makes its roads the busiest of the islands we’ve been to. I’ve always loved the short ferry trips from the west of Scotland, and being able to take a half minute drive just isn’t the same.

The hard rock that makes up Skye makes it look quite alien, as there is hardly any vegetation on the higher hills and mountains. And you don’t have to get particularly high up to get the most impressive views. This shot was taken in Glen Brittle, by the base of an easily accessed waterfall, Eas Mors (see other photo). The peak in the back is of one of the Cuillins, but I can’t remember which one. We observed someone picking mussles in the bay at the end of Glen Brittle, but didn’t join in for fear of spoiling our appetites for dinner at the Three Chimneys that evening. If you’re a foodie, and sometimes despair of the quality of restaus in rural Scotland, it’d do you a lot of good to get out to Skye. There, they’re proud of their local produce, of which the shellfish is particularly good. For example, fishermen bring in fresh langoustines from Loch Bay, to be scoffed locally at the Lochbay Seafood Restaurant in Stein.

Skye is also chock full of craft shops and galleries. The harsh environment probably leads to a lot of time to sit, think and create during the winter months. We spent a fair amount of time in the Skye Silver shop, as well as the Raven Press, where we saw the most intricate woodblock prints and just HAD to get a wee souvenir print of Skye with minke whales by Neist Lighthouse. Our visit didn’t last long enough, but we were glad to get out when we did, for on our drive home, we saw the most ridiculous convoys of cars heading in (probably to take up every last BnB and hotel room on the island). Typical Easter weekend then…

Oh yeah, the mini banana loaves came in handy as carbo and sugar snacks to keep us going between massive breakfasts and dinners.

Eas Mors (Mors waterfall) the three chimneys View from Stein Trumpan church ruins
Eas Mors The Three Chimneys Loch Bay from Stein Clear blue skies

For more photos of Skye and Eilean Donan, see my Flickr set.

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