Isle of Skye

The Story Behind the Images - Isle of Skye

I've been to the Isle of Skye at least half a dozen times and can't wait to return. It is one of those places that gets into your blood and never lets go. There is fantastic coastal scenery, rugged mountains, inland lochs and historic ruins.

What really sets Skye apart, however, are the amazing rock formations, particularly in the northern areas like the Trotternish Peninsula. North of Portree you come to the Old Man of Storr, a rock needle outlined dramatically below a high cliff.

Further north is Kilt Rock, where the water spills down a sheer cliff that resembles the folds of a Scottish kilt. Further north still and you come to the Trotternish Ridge and The Quiraing, an otherworldly area of bizarre rock shapes such as The Needle and The Castle, which look like, well, a needle and a castle (some imagination is required).

In the south of Skye is Elgol, a picturesque fishing village with wonderful honeycomb-shaped cliffs and outstanding views across to the Black Cuillins. Walk inland and you come to Prince Charlie's Cave where Bonnie Prince Charlie sheltered from his enemies.

And then there are the Fairy Pools, a magical place of tumbling water and crystal clear pools under the brooding bulk of the Black Coulins.

Skye is an Aladdin's Cave of delight for a photographer.

Favourite Places to Photograph on the Isle of Skye

  • Fairy Pools
  • The Quiraing
  • Old Man of Storr
  • Waternish
  • Elgol

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