SKYE-SPAM!!! This time it’s the Fairy Pools, a beautiful waterfall-filled cascading river on the other side of the Cuillin Ridge. Matt had a swim planned here, and was accompanied by Vicci and Amy, my daughter, while I minded the dog and sketched. Watched by a throng of people who thought they were mad ;-) , Amy described it as feeling like thousands of tiny crabs were all pinching her skin, it was so cold! 

I dipped my feet in. I am sensible. (boo)

A Small Corner Away From The Winds

A curious thing about Skye is that if it’s proper dreich where you are on the island, try a different part of the island. Skye seems to attract very localised conditions. 

Take the above shot for example. After a wet morning touring around the Talisker Distillery (guys, go to this if you ever get a chance), followed by lunch at the Oyster Shed, Lisabet and I made our west through Gleann Oraid towards Talisker Bay. And here, conditions were gorgeous! And so was the scenery. I had fun clambering around the rocky shore of the bay and settled on this composition looking towards Talisker Point and the cliff of Leathad Beithe. =)

Talisker Bay, Talisker, Minginish Peninsula, Isle of Skye, Highlands, Scotland.

ISO100, f/9, 113sec at 12mm (18mm full-frame equiv.) using a circular polariser and a hard 2-stop ND grad filter stacked on my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens attached to a Nikon D7000. I exposed this composition four times for focus stacking purposes and also shot a 91-second exposure using my 10-stop full-ND filter to smooth out the water and render some movement in the clouds. This was then stacked and blended together. Processed with Replichrome’s Ektar 100 in Lightroom, edited in Photoshop.


1,2,3 - views from Trotternish to the Hebrides.

4 - tranquility beyond belief - the view from the cottage sitting room on Waternish peninsula, looking over towards Dunvegan and MacLeod’s Tables.

5,6,7 - Torrin, looking to the Cuillin Hills on Minginish

8,9,10 - the stroll from the headland down to the teeny harbour at Elgol, on Minginish, with a view to the Cuillin, waiting for a boat-trip to see seals and walk to the Coruisk basin.