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N 1.1K B 81.9K C 100 E Oct 12, 2018 F Dec 8, 2018
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Eilean Donan Castle, Dornie, Scotland

Our plans for our last morning on Skye had to be curtailed on account of storm Callum. Speaking with Dave Evans and his fellow togs earlier in the week, they had cut short their own plans and opted for an earlier ferry Thursday afternoon.
High winds and torrential rain had been forecast for Friday and all ferry sailings had been cancelled throughout the Hebrides. With the possibility of the main bridge being closed due to the high winds and not wanting to get marooned on Skye we set off early. We thanked the owners of our holiday home (a wonderful stay and highly recommended) and set off at 8am.

The journey down was uneventful without a hint of what was to come and we safely crossed the Skye bridge roundabout 9am. The wind was noticeably more blustery as we crossed, but the threatened 60mph winds were not scheduled until about 10am and so we congratulated ourselves on a good call. Our last overnight stop was down at the southern end of Loch Lomond and so we had plenty of time to drive there, but I had unfinished business at Eilean and a certain hut now only referred to as "Clutchgate" in our household.

I wanted a few shots of the castle from the side and the "All The Goodness Coffee & Bakeshop" on the peninsular before the bridge offers Mrs R the opportunity of a sit down and coffee and me - all the photos I could take. But like most things on this holiday, nothing was going to plan and the shop being shut didn't help. For me the wind was now blowing so hard I couldn't get a sharp image and was forced to setup low behind the front wing of the car. With periodic rain and spray from the loch keeping the filters clear was proving a bit of a nightmare. But every storm cloud has a silver lining and the now coffeeless Mrs R came to the rescue as a makeshift windbreak and filter cleaner while I faffed in between shots.

The weather was now very much evidently on the change and storm Callum was about to catch up with us. We spent a good hour watching and snapping the ever changing conditions, hoping to catch the fleeting sunrays cross over the castle. They never did and so I cut my losses and packed up. It turned out to be the right call for no sooner had we crossed the bridge and drove pass the castle did the full force of storm Callum empty the heavens. The rain was torrential all the way to Loch Lomond but I still had another stop-off to exercise a ghost from day one...

Tags:   Scotland Eilean Donan Castle castle island castle historic Dornie tidal island three sea lochs Loch Duich Loch Long Loch Alsh storm Callum storm windy clouds rain sunrays black and white b&w conversion atmospheric moody dark

N 76 B 1.1K C 32 E Oct 11, 2018 F Dec 6, 2018
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The Quiraing, Isle of Skye

After Kilt Rock we continued north for the Quiraing. This was always going to be the hit or miss location for me on account of Mrs R's height "issues" and before someone pipes up... we're not talking short***e either! Having failed to get her to the top of the Old Man (ooh matron!) viewpoint that is, this was always going to be a non-starter. However, I convinced her that it was worth the drive at least as the alternative was the long way round to Uig and our holiday home in Kensaleyre.

The Quiraing can only be reached by another single track road that cuts straight across the peninsular between Staffin (east) and Uig (west). The drive was quite uneventful compared to the Elgol trip with very few cars on this remote road. What did surprise me was to find a cemetery quite a way along the road and near one of the walking routes for the Quiraing. It had a very nice tarmacked car park as well, but you couldn't park there as the gates are permanently padlocked unless you are soon to become a patron. The main parking area sits on top of the plateau but you have to negotiate a switchback to reach it. The first is a right-hand bend that gradually steepens and then a tight left-hand, which is even steeper - if my memory serves me right - before summiting for the car park.

It occurred to me... if you were to die on Skye then you'd better kick the bucket on the east coast. Those on the west would have the more perilous journey to the cemetery. I wouldn't fancy the chances of the coffin staying put in the back of the hearse travelling down that switchback... just a thought.

Anyway, cutting to the chase... raining, dull, flat light, Mrs R underwhelmed again (although she did like the Storr), we didn't stop and carried on to Uig for a bit of light lunch. I have no idea what this picture has to do with all this waffle!

Tags:   Scotland Isle of Skye The Quiraing Trotternish ridge landslip Meall na Suiramach single track road switchback steep passing points Staffin Uig die in the east funeral coffin slip slidin away whoops sheep tell it as it is

N 100 B 1.1K C 15 E Oct 11, 2018 F Dec 5, 2018
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Elishader, Isle of Skye

Continuing north on the A855 from the Old Man of Storr brings you to Mealt Falls and Kilt Rock. The waterfall, fed by Loch Mealt, flows over the cliffs into the sea. In the distance is Kilt Rock, so named because someone thought the cliffs looked like a pleated kilt... you can't make this stuff up!

Worth a stop-off, but this is the most you can see from the viewing area... although I dare say I could name a few who would consider abseiling down the cliff face for a different shot and maybe, just for the hell of it!

Tags:   Scotland Isle of Skye Elishader Trotternish Loch Mealt Mealt Falls Kilt Rock waterfall sea cliffs grey drama moody tell it as it is

N 102 B 1.5K C 35 E Oct 11, 2018 F Dec 3, 2018
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Trotternish, Isle of Skye

It's taken me too long to process this so I can't be bothered with a lengthy yarn, except to say be careful what you wish for. I only wanted moody skies on this trip... the walk up was in glorious sunlight with blue skies but it all changed from this point onwards... yet another soaking before we got back to the car.

Tags:   Scotland Isle of Skye The Old Man of Storr Storr Trotternish Sound of Raasay rocks rock formations mountains walking hiking clouds storms weather grey drama moody dark tell it as it is

N 99 B 1.7K C 23 E Oct 10, 2018 F Nov 30, 2018
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Elgol, Isle of Skye

I got it into my head that I'd seen the egg shaped boulder on Paul's stream and thought I'd go out of my way to find it and have a crack at it myself. We were too early for high tide and I couldn't see Mrs R wanting to sit around waiting, and to be fare there's nothing much here to do (other than a boat trip) apart from admire the views and take photos... but you all knew that!

I've never really tried seascapes before let along stick my tripod so near the shoreline. Dave Evans was already setup and merrily shooting away so I thought why not have a go and setup to his left. A couple of point and shoot shots quickly made me realise they were pants so out came the filters and stoppers. It's a lot more trickier than I presumed, trying to get just the right amount of blur and background sharpness. With all the faffing around trying different settings I lost sight of the fact that the tide waits for no man... it's the best of a bad bunch and wet boots and pants for my efforts, but it's all part of the learning curve.

Tags:   Scotland Isle of Skye Elgol seascapes Black Cuillin mountains Loch Scavaig Loch Coruisk blue sky clouds long exposure little stopper ND grad


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