From the moment you cross over the Skye Bridge at the Kyle of Lochalsh you can feel the change between mainland attitude and Island life… and it’s a good thing !!
A drive around this Island is better than a week on a beach somewhere for rejuvenating a person, the wide open spaces fill you with so much joy that as you’re driving away you’ll wonder if you should go back! Let me take you through such a drive.
My First Trip to Skye
I have to admit now that when I first went to Skye I got about 5 minutes into the Island and turned back at the lack of interest, that’s the kind of fool I am because if I had kept on the road for another 5 minutes I would have been in for such a treat. My own personal Highland preferences are for mountains and waterfalls and Skye has these in abundance and what they have is some of the best I have ever seen, including, for the climbers The Inaccessible Pinnacle which is the only Munro in Scotland that requires technical climbing ability ,so, there is your challenge !
For those of us who prefer having our feet on the ground the main road on Skye takes you straight to the islands capital Portree which is a lovely place with a quite spectacular view of the harbour as you drive in.
With tourism being the main industry on Skye there are numerous places to eat,drink and shop for those things you can’t get anywhere else so park up and have a couple of hours exploring, you won’t regret it.
Once you are all fed and watered all you have to do is keep following the road and you will be led straight to The Storr which includes The Old Man of Storr,which a jagged peak caused by ancient landslips which can either be viewed from the bottom or by walking up the well trodden path favoured by many tourists. Continuing along the same main road you are suddenly aware that you are on an Island when a cursory glance to your right reveals sheer cliffs that stagger the senses and gives an indication of what is to come ….. Kilt Rock !!!
Kilt Rock, Isle of Skye
Now funnily enough Kilt rock is named because it ‘looks’ like the folds of a kilt,or so they say and who am I to argue and of course when viewing Kilt Rock you will undoubtedly notice something else, the AMAZING Mealt Falls which comes directly out of the cliff and straight down, crashing against the rocks below in an inevitability that only such a high waterfall can and I have to say on a personal level that I love this waterfall so much and as soon as I can figure out how to get to water level I will.
For the walkers among you Skye is probably best seen on foot with many of the spectacular sights that are best seen up close are pretty much inaccessible by car.
My Isle of Skye Opinion
If I was asked to sum up Skye and what it offers i’d say serenity, the kind of serenity that you rarely find elsewhere … an easy way to explain it would be, if you’re like me your mobile phone will be an extension of your arm and yet when i’m on Skye I often lose my phone signal and I don’t care because very few things could be important enough to take me away from my peaceful day.
For more images of Skye and many more of the Scottish Highlands please have a look at my website Davie Hudson Photography