After living about two years in Scotland, it’s time to go back home. For this reason, I decided to plan a last epic Scottish trip through the Highlands and the Isle of Skye.
The map below shows all the locations I visited, click on the black markers to see the images taken in that place. Hopefully it helps if you want to plan a trip there.
I spent most of day 1 on the road. The first stop was Glencoe, a top location for landscape photographers. The weather was horrible, when I got off the bus it was pouring down and I had to walk for about 15 minutes to reach the campsite. After pitching the tent (in the rain) and settling in I had to bring my shoes and clothes in the drying room as I was basically drenched!
Day 2 was sunshine and showers and this allowed me to explore the area a bit and go for a hike on Beinn a ’Chrulaiste, a hill that overlooks Glencoe and offers spectacular views of the famous Buachaille Etive Mor. The ascent was quite difficult due to the bad quality of the terrain and the almost total absence of a path especially in the final part, which was very steep. However, the effort was rewarded by one of the most spectacular views in Scotland.
As you can see from this image, the weather changes very quickly, which is why after taking some pictures I decided to start the descent towards the campsite.
Due to the incessant rain of the fourth day I postponed the departure for the Isle of Skye and I took the opportunity to relax in the cafe of the campsite.
Day 5 I was back on the road to go to the Isle of Skye, located north-west of Scotland, connected to the mainland by a bridge over Loch Alsh.
The Isle of Skye never disappoints, it is a real playground for landscape photographers: waterfalls, hills and breath-taking views wherever you look. It’s definitely my favourite place on earth.
The first stop was Sligachan. I chose this location mainly for two reasons: it is the heart of the Cuillins, symbol of the Isle, and for the endless photo spots.
Even here the first day was mostly wet and cold. The next day was surprisingly warm and sunny, which is very rare, and I didn’t miss the chance to go for a long hike that I had previously planned.
The destination was Sgurr Na stri, a relatively low peak (494m) but with a spectacular viewpoint which is recognised by many as Britain’s finest. The starting point was the Old Bridge, on River Sligachan. The walk was quite long but all in all not very problematic, the peak where I was headed was about 12km away, and it took me 4 hours to reach it.
Below you can find some images that I took on the route.
The final ascent is rocky, pathless and requires a careful research of the route.
Once at the top the view is unmatched, on a sunny day and with good visibility it is like being in paradise. The panorama includes Eigg, Rùm and Mull to the southwest, the Cuillin Ridge above Loch Coruisk to the north-west, the hills on the mainland to the southeast and the valley leading to Sligachan to the north. The visibility that day was so good that you could see the teeth of the Old Man of Storr about 35 km away as the crow flies.
After resting and eating something, I started the descent to return to the starting point.
I had this hike in mind for a long time, and I’m really satisfied to have done it.
On the morning of day 6 I took the opportunity to visit Portree, the ‘capital’ of Skye. This small town is full of cafes and gift shops and is perfect for recharging and relaxing.
The night before I left I had time to explore the area and take some pictures I had previously planned. Unfortunately, the weather was not helpful at all and the midges were incredibly annoying, but I still managed to take some good pictures.
All in all I am very satisfied, my journey through the Highlands and Skye was a success. The aim was at least 3 good images and I believe I got them. The Isle of Skye is magnificent, if you are a landscape photographer it is a must-visit location.
Thanks for reading.