As promised, I’m dedicating May to mythical and amazing Scotland!
Scotland is one of my favorite travel destinations. Ever. It’s safe. It’s beautiful. It’s great for solo female travelers. It’s exciting (guh, the festivals!).
So, understandably, I feel like Scotland deserves special recognition on my ol’ little blog.
Last week I discussed why the Orkney Islands are stupidly awesome. I hope everyone has their ferry tickets already booked, haha. As for this week? I’m giving ya’ll a photography feast of the Isle of Skye. Skye is well-known for its rugged landscapes, castles, and small villages, and it’s a place (at least for me) that summons stereotypical Highland-esque images associated with the area.
On my Compass Buster Tour with Haggis Adventures, we spent one night on Skye, but I feel like I could’ve easily spent another day or two exploring everything this island has to offer an intrepid traveler. Perhaps one day soon? I hope so!
Without further ado, here are my favorite images of Skye. Man. I can’t believe this place is even real.
The Fairy Glen.
Honestly, this blog post should be titled “My Favorite Images of the Fairy Glen,” because my camera lost its mind in this place. Why? Well. The grassy cone-shaped hills, lush greenery, random waterfalls, funky rock formations, and sheep. For starters.
I’m chiming in at this point to say: whoever used these rocks to create a smiley face is my hero. I’m just sayin’. These rocks reflected my euphoric mood at the time – with Scotland re-building my broken confidence and all.
Summit of Castle Ewen.
See that rock formation looking like the tower of a crumbled medieval castle? Don’t hesitate to climb into “Castle Ewen” for a spectacular view of the entire surrounding area! Sure, it takes a bit of upper body strength to pull yourself onto the platform, but if I can do it, you can do it. Trust me.
Cliffs are EVERYWHERE on the Isle and Skye.
On this island, you’ll enjoy some vertigo-inducing views and capture great images, but don’t creep too close to the tumbling ledges. You don’t want to swim back to your hostel.
The island’s hair raising yet expansive winding roads will also guide you throughout the island’s ruggedness. My Haggis bus driver navigated each road with such ease. He also stopped at safe intersections so we could take even more photos of Skye!
Bride’s Veil Waterfalls.
Bride’s Veil may not be Niagara Falls but they’re supposedly good luck if you drink the water. I climbed the muddy hill, swapped away midges, and drank the water – even though I’m the biggest hypochondriac ever.
Did the falls bring me luck? I can’t quite tell, though I never say “never!” I’d drink the water again.
Note: Some of you Skye experts are probably wondering why I skipped over Old Man of Storr – which is quite close to the waterfalls. Sadly, it was too foggy to see the large rock pinnacle that represents the “old man.” Which is exactly why I need to return to Skye again! Although I don’t really need an excuse to come back. I’d do it anyway.
Views of Skye Bridge.
The sun finally decided to break free of the clouds on the morning we departed Skye. We stopped for some pictures near Skye Bridge, which connects Skye to Eilean Ban to the mainland of Scotland.
Eilean Donan Castle.
Our final stop on our photographic tour of Skye is the M16 Headquarters. I mean. Eilean Donan Castle. There’s a reason Eilean Donan is one of the most visited castles in all of Scotland, but I’ll allow the photos to speak for themselves.
I hope you enjoyed my photo essay depicting my favorite images of Skye! Do you want to visit the Isle of Skye? Have you ever been to this fantastic geographical wonderland? How many days did you spend, and what did you see? Share in the comments.