Day 4 – Isle of Skye

The days need more than 24 hours. Or I need to not be so addicted to the story of Jamie & Claire *sigh* Anyway, here is the next round of photos. I will always remember day 4 as the most perfect day of this vacation and the photos don’t do the day justice at all. Some sights and views and feelings just can’t be captured with a camera. I will still remember it.

We started with driving out to the most western point of the Isle of Skye. Neist Point Lighthouse. It’s not in operation anymore and it’s not much to look at in the sense of picturesque lighthouses, which disappointed me a wee bit. [Notice, that this is the first time I use ‘wee’ in my Scotland posts? Why didn’t I use it before? *wonders*] I just have a thing for lighthouses, if you haven’t known that yet.

So this was the path to the lighthouse, we started in the right corner of this picture…

Footpath to the Neist Point Lighthouse, Isle of Skye, Scotland

… and it was a long long path…

Footpath to the Neist Point Lighthouse, Isle of Skye, Scotland

We hoped to maybe see some dolphins or seals, which show up at the coast, but we weren’t lucky. We’ve seen these strange kind of stone sculptures at an earlier stop already, but there were just so many at this place. They don’t have meaning, it’s not an old tradition for anything, just what people obviously do, when there are a lot of rocks and stones lying around. Pile them on top of each other…

Stone Sculpture, Scotland

… so of course I had to do that for myself as well. I didn’t dare to stack more than a few tiny ones. Because it’s not that easy to not have them collapse.

My own stone sculpture

We drove all along the northwest coast of Skye until we reach the northern region, called Trotternish.

On the way to Trotternish, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Near Quiraing, Isle of Skye, Scotland

I have to admit I need some imagination to see a “kilt” in this cliff. But it’s called “Kilt Rock” and it pretty famous. So here is the photo.

Kilt Rock, Isle of Skye, Scotland

The view on the other side of the cliff was more interesting to me. The island Rona and behind that the hills of the mainland.

View of Rona and the mainland

Yet another waterfall – tiny, but beautiful in it’s own way – on the way back to Portree.

Yet another waterfall

A few of us decided to do a boat trip in the evening in the hope to see some seals and dolphins and sea-eagles. And even if no animals were to show up, we still would have get a different view of Portree and the harbour and the estuary. We were provided with binoculars and went wild life spotting. There wasn’t supposed to be anything in these caves though…

Cave at Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland

A bit further our guide showed us the nest of sea-eagle, with the (Mama?) eagle in it guarding it, because they had young ones up their. We tried to lure him/her down with fish, but neither one of the eagle parents showed up at the water surface. Further our we came across a lazy seal on the rocks. This (and the following) is a detail of the photo I took. My zoom just wasn’t good enough, so it was a very good thing we have gotten the binoculars.

Lazy seal, Isle of Skye, Scotland

We went on for a while and waited a bit, because there obviously have been dolphins around this part around noon. But we didn’t see any and turned back, when someone on our boat started to yell. “Fins, there are fins!” And there were… at least three, maybe even four or five.

Dolphins, Isle of Skye, Scotland

It was such a fantastic experience to watch them swim around and jump and play, well it looked like they played at least. And it was such a fantastic end to such a wonderful day. Most perfect day of this vacation.

7 Comments

  1. That’s so interesting with the stones. When I was in Aruba last year, they did the same thing, saying it was a fertility thing.

  2. Well, our guide told us it didn’t mean anything, but maybe he just didn’t know *g* It might have had some meaning centuries ago, who knows…

  3. Cool stuff. Reminds me of my trip to Skye, but all I was getting was heavy rainfall and misty skies… Unreal cool stuff!

    BTW – geht weiter mit der Arbeit ;)

    1. You came back from Scotland when we first met in real life (in Cologne), didn’t you? Jeez, that seems like so long ago :-) Believe me I appreciated the sunny weather a lot…

  4. yep, August 2002 – time flies, ay!?

    I LOVED the rain in Scotland though. Added to the drama of a rugged landscape. Plus, it made pub stints super cozy and rendered all ghost stories in the highlands quite real ;) (Only topped by a Runrig vid they used to show before they came on stage, or in the encore…)

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