I almost gave up making this blog as a few pictures have vanished from it in-between saves. It is in a reasonably viewable state just now but I will be adding a lot to it either today or after we get back from Estonia/Latvia next monday.
Unda and I like to visit the Isle of Skye at least once a year. This blog is about our first trip to Skye this year but hopefully not our last. Our main objective was to get some good photos of the Quiraing and the 'old man of Storr' but any excuse would do.
The old railway at Glen Ogle, just north of Lochearnhead. Its now a popular cycle/walkway. There are a lot of landslides in this glen with some large boulderfields scattered about on the slopes
Looking back down Glen Ogle to Ben Vorlich.
This is the view from a rough excuse for a parking spot on Rannoch Moor, looking over Lochan nah-Achlaise towards the Black Mount. We have seen pictures in books and postcards that must have been taken for down at the edge of the lochan so we decided to get some of our own. The walk from the road isnt very long, about 3 or 4 hundred metres but its over rough boggy terrain. Lucky for us its been dry, windy and warm for a couple of days so no big problems this time.
Unda trying for a better angle at Lochan nah-Achlaise, Rannoch Moor. As you can see she came prepared with welly boots.
Determined to get a different angle from everyone else. I like my angle here.
Its a nice view, one of my favourites, Im sure I will be back before long to try and get even better shots.
A Lizard we found beside the Lochan. Undas sharp eyes spotted it first but instead of screaming and running off which is her usual response to a lizard, she grabbed her camera and started to grab some photos of it.
some pictures dont really need words
a tiny frog
Blackrock cottage with Buachaille etive mor in the background. One of my favourite locations.
3D view: same place, different angle and in 3D
A wheatear pretending he isnt interested in us
we noticed a small herd of red deer watching us. The allowed Unda to get quite close but she had difficulty focusing on them
She should have used her HS10. Only joking, Unda is a bit shorter than me and couldnt get a good look
Buachaille Etive Mor with Lagangarbh Cottage, another of our favourite locations.
3D view: A ricketty old bridge over a burn near the cottage
another shot of Buachaille etive mor
3D view: A nice old bridge
A pretty waterfall at the pass of Glencoe, as Unda mentioned before in her own blog it doesnt seem to have a name but there is a good parking spot right next to it and a viewpoint for photographers.
its hard to fit the 3 sisters of Glencoe into one picture
so I did it with two this time
other side of the glen
The Commando war memorial near Spean Bridge with a nice view of the big lump that is Ben Nevis and Aonoch Mor
Loch Gary from the roadside viewpoint
a few miles up the road there is a viewpoint with lots of little cairns which seem to be increasing. Most likely made by travellers with more time on their hands.
The sun is getting low so we have to hurry on towards Eilean Donan and try to catch it before it sets.
Eilean Donan Castle at sunset.
Sunrise at the Quiraing, we slept there in our car to make sure we never missed the sunrise.
It wasnt as spectacular as we hoped but it was nice anyway
The views at the Quiraing are some of the best scotland has to offer, my photographs dont really do them justice
A nice view of the wee road that winds through the Quiraing
Its hard to pick favourite views at this place, they are all amazing
3D view: Especially in 3D if you have the red/blue 3D specs
This buzzard was sitting right by the side of the road somewhere between the Quiraing and Kilt rock. Unda was driving so never got a chance of a shot before he flew off.
A curious wheatear, she refused to be bothered by our presence and hung around near the car park at Kilt Rock
View south from the Kilt Rock viewpoint
View north from the Kilt Rock viewpoint
To get up to the 'old man' you follow a steep path through the forest from the car park.
there are a couple of breaks in the forest that give tantalising glimpses of the Storr but from here the Old Man blends into the cliffs behind it.
The end of the forest is in sight at last
Not far to go now, its still hard to spot the Old Man
Still not obvious where it is
aha, that looks more like it. There is a lot of loose rock on these cliffs and outcrops so its a bit scary
a profile shot of the 'old man'. There is a little person just to the right of it for a sense of scale
Unda admiring the view towards the Cuillins
3D view: nicer in 3D
another 3D view:
and another 3D view, the other way:
from the other side
its interesting to see how different it is from other angles because of all the outher pinnacles and outcrops
If you are going to come here get up early as the hill gets mobbed by tourists after about 9AM
Another unnamed waterfall, this one comes with a nice view of the Storr. A couple of years ago, on a very wet and windy day I slipped and fell into the burn when jumping over it below the waterfall.
some kind of Pipit hanging about at the broch
Dun Beag Broch
3D view: inside the broch in glorious 3D
in normal 'D'
3D view: another 3D shot, sorry but I like them
the Black Cuillins
Red Cuillins at Sligachan
nice view from Sligachan
cuillins view from Sligachan
another nameless waterfall. This one has some nice big dragonflys in the summer
Eilean Donan castle, the tide is in but sadly there is a bit of windmaking the sea choppy so no beautiful reflection shots today
but there is some 'interesting' foreground clutter
Another view of Eilean Donan castle. This side is more sheltered from the wind but still not a great reflection. Maybe next time.
3D view: A gratuitous 3D of those mysterious cairns on the way home.
a normal view
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