Our trip started with collecting an eye-catching Land Rover Evoque from the lovely people at AMT vehicle rental. We set off from Glasgow around lunchtime, and the aim was to catch a glorious sunset around the stunning Buachaille Etive Mor. No problem getting there in time for sunset, as it is only a short drive from Glasgow along the scenic Loch Lomond route. The issue was the weather: not surprising to get a bit of rain in Scotland, but torrential was the right word for it here. Parked up planning our next move, we were lucky that the rain finally turned into a drizzle. We grabbed our chance, and walked the short distance from the roadway to fire off a few shots. The rain then chases us back to the warm sanctuary of the Evoque.
Glencoe is a wonderful place, and we could have easily spent the entire weekend there, but that wasn’t the plan. From here we figured it would be at least 3 hours to our destination, so we set off. We stopped on route to experiment with lighting effects, using an LED light stick.
The time we crossed the Skye bridge and drove North to Kilmuir the North part of Skye, it was pitch black. We had no idea of the valleys and mountains that were on every side of us. Finding our home for the weekend wasn’t too much of a challenge, and we only took one wrong turn. Really great house, I love Airbnb!
We were greeted in the morning by what sounded like a hurricane. No chance of capturing a sunrise in this weather. But by 10am the weather had eased, and we made our way clockwise around the Isle to the Quiraing. This was probably my favourite place to shoot. The views on the drive up the winding road were beautiful, but nothing compared to the view from the top.
The Land Rover handled the winding, and at some point extremely narrow, roads like a dream. The All Terrain Progress Control button was a revelation, especially when descending from lofty heights, We didn’t have any need for the snow button though, which was a pity.
Again we could have spent more time here, but we knew we would be back before the end of our trip as it was really close to our base. We carried on to Sligachan Waterfalls, stopping along the way for a few photo opportunities. Skye really is like a Disneyland for Photographers.
We head South, in-fact the south most point of the Isle to Elgol to catch the sunset, and it doesn’t disappoint. A torturous walk along a rocky beach in a dimming light with your arms full of kit feels miles away from the comfort of the Evoque. The tide was high and the spot looking south was rapidly looking like it would get us stranded. But we soon forget about the approaching water when we were confronted with the vista.
Day 3 back to the Quiraing, the sky was much better on that day, and we spent a lot of time on top of the mountain. We head back to base and spend the brightest part of the day indoors.
The last point of call before heading back was a weird and wonderful place called Fairy Glen, which looks like a vast valley and hills on a model scale.
The Isle of Skye is certainly a beautiful place. The people are friendly and baring the howling wind at night there is a sense of calm there. A place I would certainly visit again.
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