We are back from Scotland, with a bunch of great pictures! This time, we visited Glencoe and the isle of Skye. This was my first time driving on the left! But, it was surprisingly easy and I got used to it after 1-2 days.
Scotland was always on my list and we planned to go there some months ago. Due to a achilles tendon rupture end of June though, I was not sure whether I can hike that well. Luckily, it was ok and I was able to hike a little bit, although it is still healing.
Our first place was Drynoch, close to Loch Lomond, where we wanted to rest after our flight. After that we spent two days in the beautiful Glencoe, visiting some of the famous landmarks as the Three Sisters and the Coupall Rapids. I also heard of a dead tree somewhere there. But, some days later, I also heard that the dead tree is not existing anymore due to a recent storm. So much for searching a not anymore existing tree...
After Glencoe, we made our way to the famous Eilean Donan castle in Dornie, where we spent another day before heading to Isle of Skye. The view to the castle is spectacular.
After this beautiful castle, we finally arrived on Isle of Skye where we went to our Air BnB for the next 3 days close to the Sligachan Bridge. Sligachan Bridge is a very beautiful, famous stone bridge where we hoped to get pictures of the bridge itself with the flowing water as well as with the Cuillin hills as a backdrop. The weather was changing from minute to minute and most of the time, the hills were surrounded by clouds. Anyway, we managed to get beautiful pictures! In this three days, we also visited Talisker beach, the Talisker distillery as well as Portree, the capital of isle of Skye on a rainy day.
The next three days were spent in another Air BnB in Portree, where we focused on the more northern part of the island. There are spectacular views in the North of Skye, for example the Quiraing, Fairy Glenn as well as the famous Old Man of Storr. Due to the fact that the weather can change dramatically very fast, we always tried to get a good forecast of the next few hours and then decided where we go. The first day, we have spent the sunset at the Quiraing and were very lucky with the weather. After one hour standing there and waiting, the famous midges (very small and biting flies) visited us and we always had to run away. At this time, we did not had a headnet so far (what changed very fast the next day). I also tried to start my drone. But as I was not able to stand there due to the midges, I had to give up. Nevertheless, the Quiraing is one of my favorite spots.
The next day, we wanted to spend the sunset at the Old Man of Storr, a spectacular pinnacle in the highlands. According to weather forecast, at least, it shouldn't rain, so we decided to walk up there. Usually it's a one hour walk up there and one hour back. At that time, everything was muddy and it was more difficult to hike up there. In addition, due to my injury, I had to walk slowly. In the middle of the hike it began to rain and it was very stormy. It did not change until we arrived at the top. At the top, it was still raining and windy and we though, everything was for nothing. We waited and waited, and suddenly, it stopped raining for two minutes. Of course, exactly at this point in time, I had to change the battery. Waiting again, and then we got another two minutes to take pictures before it was raining again for a long time. As it was already getting dark, we made our way back home through the mud.
Our last days on Skye, we spent in the small village Dunvegan. Here, our objective was to get beautiful pictures of Neist Point and of the light house. And we also got lucky. Of course, it was raining again. But we waited and after the rain, it was wonderful. We made pictures from above, and another day of the lighthouse below.
After more than a week we made our way back home in direction to the airport stopping at a beautiful fairytale bridge as well as close to Kilchurn castle where we hoped to take great pictures with the castle and calm water. We tried to get our image at sunset. But it was windy and cloudy, there was no color, no reflection. So I tried the next morning. First, it seemed to be the same as last sunset, no reflection, no color. So, I just waited and hoped. There were two other photographers waiting there, so I talked to them and identified that I was talking to famous photographer Mads Peter Iversen. If you don't know him yet, watch his inspiring videos on Youtube. Suddenly, it got calm, there was reflection and I took the shot!
All in all, and despite my injury, it was a great time and I would recommend Scotland to everyone. I look forward to going back there again somewhere in time. I hope you enjoy my pictures. Please visit my gallery of Scotland (see link below).
Thanks for reading!