Sensational Isle of Skye [50 PICS]

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Scotland’s Isle of Skye, aka “Island of the Mist,” beckons to nature-loving adventurers, climbers and photographers. Behold it’s almost mystical appeal for yourself. [50 Photos & 1 Video]

The Quiraing, Skye

The Quiraing, Skye Isle in Scotland. Photo #1 by © Robert White

Moonrise over old man of Storr

Moonrise over Old Man of Storr. The Storr, according to Wikipedia, “is a rocky hill on the Trotternish peninsula of the Isle of Skye in Scotland. The area in front of the cliffs of the Storr is known as the Sanctuary. This has a number of weirdly shaped rock pinnacles, the remnants of ancient landslips.” The Storr is prime example of an ancient massive landslide, “the longest such feature in Great Britain.” Isle of Skye added, “The ‘Old Man’ is a large pinnacle of rock that stands high and can be seen for miles around;” the Storr is “one of the most photographed landscapes in the world.” Photo #2 by renaudderosa

Kyleakin Castle, Skye

The ruins of Kyleakin Castle are on the east coast of the Isle of Skye. The castle is an ancient seat of the Mackinnon clan and is known by many names such as Castle Moil, Castle Maol, Dun Akyn, Dunakin Castle Dun Haakon and Castle Dunakin. What’s left of the castle structure is believed to date back to the late 15th or early 16th century. Wikipedia noted that “in 1949 and 1989 parts of the ruins broke away in storms. The remaining ruins have been secured to prevent further deterioration.” Photo #3 by Oliver Clarke

Green of Quiraing

Green of Quiraing. Trotternish, located on the northernmost peninsula of the Isle of Skye, is one of 40 National Scenic Areas in Scotland. “One of its more well-known features is the Trotternish landslip, a massive landslide that runs almost the full length of the peninsula, some 19 miles (30 km). The landslip contains two of Skye’s most famous landmarks: the Old Man of Storr, an isolated rocky pinnacle, and the Quiraing, an area of dramatic and unusual rock formations. The summit of The Storr, on whose slopes the Old Man of Storr is located, is the highest point of the peninsula. While boasting many vertical heights, the area is mainly unsuitable for rock-climbing due to the friable rock.” Photo #4 by Joe Dunckley

Quiraing Tree, Isle of Skye

Quiraing Tree, Isle of Skye. According to The Skye Guide, “The Quiraing is awesome. It is supernatural. It is a place of wonder and amazement. It is outstanding by any measure. If you are fit enough to walk the narrow path and scramble up and down the steep slopes – you must do it. To visit Skye without experiencing the Quiraing seems unthinkable. Go on a bright and clear day for views of the Outer Hebrides and the Scottish mainland, framed by the pinnacles, cliffs and great buttresses. Go on a wet and windy day to feel your spine tingle as the clouds and mist swirl around you in this unreal and menacing landscape. Whatever the weather, you’ll not forget the experience.” Photo #5 by Chris Golightly

Famous Fairy Pools in Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye

Famous Fairy Pools. The Isle of Skye explained, “At foot of the Black Cuillins near Glenbrittle are the Fairy Pools, beautifully crystal clear blue pools on the River Brittle. These famous pools entice visitors from all over the world, as they make some great ‘Wild Swimming’ for those brave enough to enter the cold water. For the less adventurous these magical Fairy Pools make some fantastic photos.” Photo #6 by Ian Hex

Kilt Rock on Isle of Skye

Kilt Rock near the Ellishadder township has “spectacular sea-cliffs 180 ft (55 meters) tall, made of dolerite rock strata in many different colors.” Kilt Rock is said to resemble a kilt, with vertical basalt columns to form the pleats and intruded sills of dolerite forming the pattern. Photo #7 by Marcus Pollio

Looking out from The Quiraing on the Isle of Skye

Looking out from The Quiraing. Parts of the distinctive Quiraing “landscape have earned particular names. The Needle is a jagged 120-foot (37 m) high landmark pinnacle, a remnant of landslipping. Northwest of it is The Table, a flat grassy area slipped down from the summit plateau, with vistas of the Torridon Hills and the mountains of Wester Ross. Southwest is the Prison, a pyramidal rocky peak which can look like a medieval keep when viewed from the right angle – the ascent of this is an airy scramble.” Photo #8 by torino071

Bride's Veil Waterfall on Skye

Brides Veil waterfall, located just off the A855 can be a boggy but otherwise easier hike than some of places on the Isle of Skye. Walkhighlands warned, “Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly.” Photo #9 by Chris Golightly

Old Man of Storr

Old Man of Storr. The Needle is the 120-foot tall lone pinnacle near the right-center of the image. Photo #10 by Infinity Visions

Isle of Skye The Fairy Glen Monster

The photographer called this Isle of Skye shot “The Fairy Glen Monster.” Scenes from the film Stardust were shot in Fairy Glen. Photo #11 by torino071

Waterfall at sunset on Skye island

Waterfall at sunset on Skye island near Kilt Rock. The dramatic Mealt waterfall drops 300 feet into the sea; it is created from the outflow of Loch Mealt. The water from the loch often gets blown away by the wind before reaching the ocean. Photo #12 by Frank Winkler

Storm at Neist Point

Storm at Neist Point, which is “the most Westerly point on the Isle of Skye. The point is regarded as the best place on Skye to see whales, dolphins, porpoises and basking shark. The sea around the point is teeming with sea-birds including gannets, black guillemots, razorbills and shags…The lighthouse The lighthouse tower is 62 feet high and stands 142 feet above sea-level. The light from the tower is equal to 480,000 candles and can be seen from up to 24 miles away.” Photo #13 by Infinity Visions

Sands at Talisker Bay on Skye

Sands at Talisker Bay, Skye. The photographer wrote, “The stunning sands and cliff’s of the prettiest beach on the Isle of Skye. Because the majority of the sand is black and very fine, with a thin layer of gold on top, it forms some lovely formations and color contrasts all over the beach, interlaced with polished black rounded boulders – really really pretty, and so remote you don’t have to share it with anyone at this time of year!” Photo #14 by Kris Williams

Fairy Pools Isle of Skye

Crystal clear and cold Fairy Pools. Photo #15 by Infinity Visions

Claigan coral beach at Isle of Skye, Scotland

Claigan coral beach is known locally as a ‘wee gem’, but despite its name, Claigan coral beach is not actually made of coral but of fossilized and sun-bleached algae. “There is a small island maybe 150m offshore from the beach which is called ‘Lampay’. On the very low tides a coral causeway is revealed allowing access to the Island, an ideal opportunity to explore!” Photo #16 by David Burton

Claigan coral beach cattle

The same beach as above, but this time with highland cattle on Claigan coral beach. Photo #17 by thornypup

Highland cattle on Isle of Skye

Hairy Highland cattle. Photo #18 by David Vaaknin

Seal on Skye

Boat excursions are a great way to see seals. Seal colonies can be found near Loch Coruisk and other areas but the largest colonies of seals on Skye are in Loch Dunvegan near Dunvegan Castle. Photo #19 by Caroline Granycome

Skye Sky

Sunset near Edinbane. Lonely Planet said, “The Isle of Skye (an t-Eilean Sgiathanach in Gaelic) takes its name from the old Norse sky-a, meaning ‘cloud island’, a Viking reference to the often-mist-enshrouded Cuillin Hills. It’s the second-largest of Scotland’s islands, a 50-mile-long patchwork of velvet moors, jagged mountains, sparkling lochs and towering sea cliffs. The stunning scenery is the main attraction, but when the mist closes in there are plenty of castles, crofting museums and cosy pubs and restaurants; there are also dozens of art galleries and craft studios. Along with Edinburgh and Loch Ness, Skye is one of Scotland’s top-three tourist destinations.” Photo #20 by Bill Richards

Panoramas of The Quiraing in Scotland's Isle of Skye

Panoramas of The Quiraing. Photo #21 by john mcsporran & #22 by jammach_uk

Trickling waterfall on Skye

Trickling waterfall. Wikipedia lists 8 waterfalls on the Isle of Skye: Bearreraig Waterfall; Eas a’ Bhradain; Eas Aboist; Eas Mòr, Minginish; Eas Mòr, Durinish; Eas Mòr, Glen Brittle; Eas Tardil and Mealt Waterfall. Photo #23 by Frank Winkler


Quiraing “comes from Old Norse Kvi Rand, which means Round Fold. Within the fold is The Table, an elevated plateau hidden amongst the pillars. It is said that the fold was used to conceal cattle from Viking raiders.” Photo #24 by Heart of Scotland Tours and the Wee Red Bus

Skye waterfall

Skye waterfall. The photographer added, “Could be the rainforest.” PetaPixel said, “Scotland is famous for its ever-changing weather conditions. You never can be sure what conditions await you at the next location.” Yet “Scotland somehow needs those rainy days to act as the mystical country that we have in mind when we think of the movie ‘Braveheart.’ Bright sunshine is good for a nice holiday… but rain, wind and fog are the conditions I recommend for atmospheric pictures of Scotland. I think the Isle of Skye is my recommendation for anyone who wants to spend some days in Scotland for landscape photography. This island has it all: Steep mountains (Black Cuillins), impressive cliffs and rocks (Old Man of Storr, Quiraing, Lighthouse at Neist Point), castles, church ruins, waterfalls and green glens. Mossy groves, little lakes, rocky mountain tops, white water creeks and eerie moor landscapes are ubiquitous — it’s a landscape photographer’s dream.” Photo #25 by savagecat

Horns of Sligachan, Isle of Skye

Horns of Sligachan. The photographer wrote, “The last of the summer heather, the old Sligachan bridge and the sun piercing through the clouds to illuminate the Black Cuillins.” The Sligachan Bridge is “the oldest known bridge is that still standing alongside the modern road. Whether it replaced an even older bridge, or more likely a ford, is uncertain. The bridge itself appears to have been built in the 1820s and consists of three arches. The middle arch is the widest, but the side arches are not mere flood arches, as the River Sligachan is a wide and ferocious piece of water for most of the year. The roadway is slightly humpbacked over the large central arch and only single track.” Photo #26 by Ian Hex

Portree Harbour

Portree Harbour. Photo #27 by Gernot Keller

Dusk at Sligachan

Shortly after sunset from the old bridge at Sligachan. Photo #28 by Oliver Clarke

Serene seascape near Elgol

Serene seascape near Elgol, a village on the shores of Loch Scavaig. Elgol has a population of about 150. It’s “scenic attractions have drawn in many outsiders seeking holiday homes and a majority of the properties there are no longer occupied on a year-round basis.” Photo #29 by Frank Winkler

The beach at Elgol offers some stunning views of the Cuillins

The beach at Elgol offers some stunning views of the Cuillins. According to The Internet Guide to Scotland, “The name Elgol is thought to derive from the Gaelic ‘the weeping of the Swan’ which goes back to the story that the captain of the Viking longboat called the Swan was killed in a sea battle here when they came to attack the local population. The view from the pebble beach at Elgol is featured on many postcards, together with the honeycomb cliffs. You can walk over to the rocks and let the children roam around.” Photo #30 by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes

Waterfall on the Allt Dearg Mor river, Skye

Waterfall on the Allt Dearg Mor river, Skye. Photo #31 by Chris Golightly

Armadale, Isle Of Skye

Near the ferry drop off at Armadale, Isle Of Skye. Photo #33 by Steven Feather

Washed up boat on Isle of Skye

“Washed Up” the photographer called this shot. Old Man of Storr and the Quiraing seem the most appealing, almost beckoning you to have an adventure in nature, but other things to see in Skye are 165-million-year-old dinasour footprints on the beach at An Corran, Staffin; and Spar Cave which “is an astonishing, cathedral-like structure, some 50m long, with a marble-like flowstone staircase and huge columns.” There’s also Cave of Gold aka Uamh Oir which “is Skye’s answer to Fingal’s cave on Staffa.” There’s also numerous historic and ancient sites to see. Photo #34 by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes

The Rha Falls, Skye

The Rha Falls, Skye, was described as “a well hidden wonder in Uig;” it is a “magnificent double waterfall on the River Rha.” Photo #35 by Chris Golightly

The Fairy Glen on Skye Island Scotland

The Fairy Glen. The photographer wrote, “A magical place on Skye, near Uig. Being the result of a landslip, it’s like a miniature Quiraing, although visually very different and totally unexpected. The rocky peak overlooking the lake is called Castle Ewen.” Photo #36 by Jake Sayer

12th century Viking shipbuilding site discovered on the Isle of Skye

12th century Viking shipbuilding site discovered on the Isle of Skye in 2011. “Investigations at Loch na h-Airde on Skye’s Rubh an Dunain peninsula have uncovered the remains of a possible medieval shipyard, including boat timbers dating from the 1100s, a stone-built quay, a man-made entrance canal, and a blockage system designed to keep the water-level in the Loch constant.” Photo #37 by Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland

View from Quiraing to the Staffinbay, Isle of Skye, Scotland

View from Quiraing to the Staffinbay. An interesting walk can be had if hiking up the Lealt River, along the disused railway line, past the remains of the Diatomite factory dating back to World War 1. After about 5 hours you reach the wreckage of a B-17 Flying Fortress which crashed into Beinn Edra in the winter of 1944 when it was heading for the USA. You can find lots of bits scattered about when you get there including wheels, propellers, wing sections, etc. Also look out for golden eagles along the way.” Photo #38 by Stefan Krause

Sheep on Isle Of Skye, seen while on hike in Quiraing

Sheep on Isle Of Skye, seen while on hike in Quiraing. Photo #39 by Y Nakanishi

Lord of the sheep on Isle of Skye

The photographer called this “Lord of the Sheep. Morning rush hour on the road into Staffin, Skye, shepherding a flock of sheep along the main road.” Photo #40 by Brian Smith

Fairy castle on Skye

“Fairy castle” and rock patterns across the green landscape. Photo #41 by Heart of Scotland Tours and the Wee Red Bus

Isle of Skye memory of ancient times

“Memory of the Skye.” The island only has a population of about 10,000 people. Wikipedia said, “About a third of the residents were Gaelic speakers in 2001, and although their numbers are in decline this aspect of island culture remains important.” Photo #42 by Stefano Corso

Isle of Skye, Old Man of Storr

Old Man of Storr, cliffs and clouds in a beautiful Scottish landscape. Did you know?…Scenes near the beginning of Prometheus are identified as Isle of Skye 2089. Skye was also seen in Snow White and the Huntsman, The Wicker Man, Highlander, Dragonslayer (1981), 47 Ronin and the The Land that Time Forgot (1975). Photo #43 by Frank Winkler

Rocky beach and The Cuillin mountain range at sunset

Rocky beach and The Cuillin mountain range at sunset. Photo #44 by Frank Winkler

Quiraing and sunshine

Quiraing and sunshine. Walk Scotland has an interesting tale about The Bad Step that begins as: “Friday the thirteenth. Not the best date to tackle Skye’s infamous ‘Bad Step’. And the warnings were there long before we reached the Misty Isle.” Photo #45 by torino071

Dunvegan Castle

Dunvegan Castle was “built on a rocky outcrop on the shores of Loch Dunvegan once entirely encircled by the sea, Dunvegan is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years.” Photo #46 by Antonio Cinotti

Cuillin Rainbow

Cuillin Rainbow. “Looking across Sgurr na Stri and the southern tip of the Cuillin ridge.” Photo #47 by jamesconnell

Loch Coruisk and Cuillin Mountain range from top of Sgurr na Stri

Loch Coruisk and Cuillin Mountain range from top of Sgurr na Stri. According to The Internet Guide to Scotland, “Perhaps the most famous mountain range in Scotland and a great sight whether the weather is clear or imposingly misty. Either way they have a unique presence and can be seen for many miles. The rounded ‘Red Cuillin’ and the jagged ‘Black Cuillin’ comprise over 20 Munros (mountains over 3000 feet).” Photo #48 by Tours of Scotland

Sunset over Fiskavaig Bay, Isle of Skye

Sunset over Fiskavaig Bay. Photo #49 by RG Harvey

Sunset Over Skye

Sunset Over Skye, from Morar, West Highlands, Scotland. The peaks of the Black Cuillins mountains can be seen on the right. Photo #50 by Tommy Clark

Mountain biker Danny Macaskill takes on death defying Cuillin Ridgeline on the Isle of Skye. Video #1 by Cut Media

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