Skye 2011 Trip...

27th November 2011
For several weeks we've been planning a trip to Skye, this time in October to coincide with my friend Claire's, English holidays. We were a party of three Claire Carter from Shropshire, in England & Herman Cater from Celje in Slovenia.
They both arrived on time Claire at the station in Glasgow & Herman at the airport, we were soon on the road North and West, the rain started soon after. It rained all the way from the airport to the cottage we had booked on Skye near Elgol. My friends watched the weather and the windscreen wipers sweep across the road in front of us. Colours from the trees and bushes were still showing Autumnal colours and kept the spirits alive, clouds raced and danced across the sky. My continuing comment that the weather "could only get better and will"was met by stony looks then smiles as we a realised we were on the road to the Misty Isle. We arrived at the cottage in darkness but the thoughtful housekeeper Sheila had left some lights on to cheer our way down the track to the warmth and a good hot meal that we all looked forward too. A bit of pre planning and our homemade stew was heating and a glass of wine poured, the world seemed a much better place. Suddenly it was 9.30pm and a cosy bed beckoned.

Next morning up at 5.30am and well slept after the drive we were all looking for stars in the sky and signs that a good day was in store.
Our first stop was just along the road 5 minutes to the harbour at Elgol, it was dull and predawn the light was hiding behind clouds that looked impossibly thick, but it changes on the west coast quite quickly and soon we had some better light and my friends were clambering over rocks & boulders ever closer to the rushing waves, which splashed off the slabs along the coast here.

This first morning set the scene for the week, we stayed mostly on the peninsula that runs from Broadford to Elgol, with a couple of journeys out to Sleat and the fabulous Isle Ornsay, and another to Glen Brittle and on to Talisker Bay. The stormy weather continued to supply some rain and the a plethora of rainbows, filling the sky with colour and light against black dramatic skies.

Each night we got back to the cottage and the downloading of our images started, silence for a while and then "Oh! look at this, look at that" started. This continued for the rest of a very enjoyable trip, good photographic weather a walk up part of Blaven and several trips to the harbour in all sorts of light. Good food and good company and a comfortable home for the week. The Elgol road is studded by wonderful photographic opportunities and frequent stops and starts the order of any trip.

Skye had proved to be a wonderful location, yet again, another grand visit under our belts and several hours of processing images for our sites in front of us. I'm sure we'll all be back on Skye again and maybe not that long either.

My images are HERE

Claire Carter can be found HERE

Herman Cater's site is HERE

Hope you enjoy our journey and visit to Skye The Misty Isle.


Photo comment By Claire Carter: It was indeed a grand week. Skye never disappoints.

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