This edition of The Waterfall Diaries will be a two for one offer, I couldn’t in all honesty split these 2 falls and so, with no more messing about I give you ……
Sligichan & Mealt Falls, Isle of Skye
I had decided one day last week that it had been a while since I had traveled to Isle of Skye and so, with very bleary eyes I set off from home on a cold Saturday morning at 5am for the 4.5 hour drive from my home in Dundee. I should say at this point I was getting comments made to me about “Isn’t it a long way to go just to be on the Island for a couple of hours” , well let me answer those comments to anyone else thinking the same thing, Does it matter how long it takes to get to your destination when the getting there is so GLORIOUS? I would honestly take this journey again and not even bother to take my camera because it is so fabulous (I will do an article with pictures of some of the sights to be seen getting to Isle of Skye at a later date ).
I’ve been to the island on many occasions so I knew where I was going but even without this knowledge the route to both falls is a matter of following the road, and what a road !! The Isle of Skye is quite mountainous and therefore the road is full of twists and turns, ups and downs and everything in-between with fantastics vistas around every single corner (one day I must come here for a few days).
It is at one such corner you come to Sligichan Falls(not an official name but the falls are on the Sligichan River) and when you veer round the corner you have a “What the …” moment because set just off the road is one of the most magnificent falls I have had the pleasure in photographing and the shot and view can be taken in from the roadside (after parking safely in the massive close by lay-by), or of course, you can get closer ( you knew that was coming, didn’t you?).I have to admit that getting closer to this one is easy, but wet so waterproof boots please as it is very boggy but will lead you down to river side without any problems at all and even the walk across the river won’t get your feet too wet.
Portree Isle of Skye
From here we head towards Portree(the capital of the island) and the scenery NEVER lets up and you will end up driving quite slowly, much to the annoyance of the locals who take it all for granted. The road we need to reach Mealt Falls is signposted ‘Staffin’ and takes you through the town which in itself is a bonus as it is a very nice and very clean town. Another advantage of driving this road is it takes you past the amazing ‘Old Man of Storr’ (more in that upcoming article I was telling you about) and it’s here that you enter the more remote part of the island with sections of the road being single lane with passing places so as always be courteous to other motorists and they will be the same back and if you’re anything like me you’ll achieve a level of calmness not usually attained in normal life.
By now you’ll be taking the coastal road giving another view of the island that you haven’t seen yet with very big cliffs giving way to expansive views with a few tiny dots of unknown (to me) islands and after driving for a while with a grin on your face you’ll come to a car park for the Mealt Fall viewpoint, If you are wary of heights you may choose to not look over the barrier as it is a sheer cliff leading down to the rocks at the bottom,but, if you do look you will see the most astonishing view in front of you with nothing but sea & sky and nothing to spoil it ! Turn your head to the left and lean over a little ( and I mean a little, this is no time to be brave) and you will see Mealt Falls emerging from the cliff and cascading to the small beach below and it’s the kind of sight I could throw words at like magnificent, amazing, brilliant etc but I can’t because I don’t have the words to describe it and on my first sight of it I got a little misty eyed, but then I am a self confessed Waterfall Chaser.
One of the best things about venturing so far into the Isle of Skye is the fact that you get to venture back out again and see all the scenery from the other side , so most of all, have fun on the Island and let me assure you it is well worth the drive and will change you a little every-time you come back.
As always for more photo’s of my travels please see my website www.daviehudsonphotography.biz