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Rainbows & mist on the Isle of Skye, Scotland

Mist-veiled, ancient and peacefully picturesque, Scotland’s Isle of Skye is like a mystical forgotten land, chronicled in a dusty, leather-bound book. It is clear that nature rules there: stern peaks plunge into deep lochs with mighty authority; mist and cloud hover like a defensive old sage; and the wind whispers tales of the ages. It is place to revere, and a place where reflection comes easily as you stare out to the horizon.

Rainbow morning -  Isle of Skye, Scotland

We arrived in the afternoon after a slow drive through the aubergine moors and rocky slopes of the Scottish highlands. While the roads were narrow and winding, we welcomed time to admire the brute beauty around us.

Eilean Donan - castle - near Isle of Skye, Scotland

I was charmed by the sudden view of Eilean Donan, the famous Scottish castle perched at the junction of three steely grey lochs, like a tired queen on her watery throne. Somehow my castle-radar had missed her on the map but the road led us straight past her, before sidling up along Loch Alsh and out towards the sleek Skye Bridge.

Loch Alsh and the Skye Bridge - Loch views -  Isle of Skye Scotland

The first Skye town across the bridge is Kyleakin, where we stopped at Harry’s for  a £5 feast of chips, beans and sausages and an hour reprieve from the hypnotic flick of windscreen wipers. Then it was a short drive through Broadford to Lochside Caravan Site, a small, friendly site where Panda van was quite impressed with the uncompromised water.

P1210207Loch views -  Isle of Skye Scotland

The isle felt wild, exposed to the elements, vulnerable to the wrath of its ruler. After a pitch black night and howling lullaby,  we woke to pale mist and realised that weather on Skye very much determines what you can comfortably do during your visit.

To make the most of our wet day, we enjoyed a lazy breakfast of stunning views and campsite-chook eggs, before venturing north for a driving tour of Skye. With the Cuillin Hills forming a mountainous mass in the centre of the isle and soggy flatlands skirting the sea, driving around the Isle takes you through a myriad of landscapes. From the inside of our warm Panda van, we encountered rainbows, waterfalls, windblown amber marshes and sheep-dotted fields of rugged burgundy and pine green.

Amber marshes - Driving the Isle of Skye ScotlandWaterfall views - Driving the Isle of Skye ScotlandDriving the Isle of Skye Scotland

We drove from our campsite on A87, around the north-eastern tip of the island on the A863, which loops back into the Skye capital, Portree. I’d pictured Portree as a bustling seaside hub, but winter had its way with the town, leaving only closed pubs, shops, doors… and a hand full of wet tourists, sheltering their cameras, searching the deserted streets for life. Although Portree had all the flags of a thriving seaside town, there was no lunch to be found and only a silent harbour to see.

The harbour side street in Portree, all closed up for a winter weekendThe harbour in Portree, all closed up for a winter weekend

Disappointed by the closed capital, we kept driving north to Uig on the A87, where we found a spectacular bay with an open bistro, The Ferry Inn. To our delight, we also found a whole car of other people, real people; also tourists looking for a hot lunch to ward away the island chill.

Red telephone booth amongst the sheep,  Isle of Skye, ScotlandFrom Uig, we drove around the most northerly peninsula; an area that would not be out of place in a Jurassic Park scene, with mossy crags, volcanic rubble, and a wiry mane of age-white grass. From there, we continued past drab green paddocks of nonplussed sheep and found an iconic red telephone booth in the middle of nowhere… obviously put there so the sheep could phone their friends.

Our road map of Isle of Skye, ScotlandBy then end of our driving day, we’d circled the two northern peninsulas of Skye and admired the natural wonder of this mysterious isle. Calmed by the open space and resplendent views, we left the following day feeling refreshed but a little stunned by our isle encounter.

Of all the places we’ve travelled this winter, the Isle of Skye was the one that felt most winter-bare, barren and lonely; it was also also one of most majestic.

Tips for travelling Skye:

Don’t go on a weekend in winter. Skye has so much to offer yet almost none of it seems accessible at this time of year, with many walks closed due to the wet, shops and eateries closed and hardly anyone about. Even the island distillery is closed on winter weekends, meaning you’ll be hard pressed to find a shelter with a drink if nature decides to be mean.

We loved the charming little campsite, Lochside Caravan Park, where owner Kathy had free-range chooks and an eye for homey details. This was pretty much the only camping site we found that was open and available, with other sites on the isle opening later in March and April. We also saw amazing wild camping spots in lay overs around the isle, particularly on the road to Portree.

Keep in mind that petrol is harder to find on the isle. I was caught out driving around the Sunday-quiet Portree on an empty tank, desperately looking for a pump. There is one the main road south from Portree and one in Broadford. We saw other pumps that were closed and  a couple that seemed more for farm vehicle than touring folk like us.

Some good first resources are:

http://www.skye.co.uk/ Official tourism website

http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/skye/ About walking the Isle of Skye

http://www.eileandonancastle.com/ For castle info

A big cheers to Wicked Campers UK for the awesome van (Panda) and for making this trip possible. Every day offers more delights!

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176 comments on “Rainbows & mist on the Isle of Skye, Scotland

  1. antiquityandadventures
    March 24, 2012

    brilliant as always great post :-)

  2. Andrew Petcher
    March 24, 2012

    Nice post – I enjoyed reading it. I especially like the picture of the coloured houses it reminded me of Wales where they also use pastel colours to try and cheer the place up against a background of grey skies and rain.

    • Nic Freeman
      March 24, 2012

      Thanks Andrew. I do remember seeing that in Wales and thinking how necessary it was. I was in Westport Ireland a couple of days ago and they have given the pastel palette a boost, going for bold reds and green and oranges to get them through the winter sea fogs. Thanks for reading.

  3. Nuno
    March 24, 2012

    Beautiful photos. I also like the photo of the houses. Great composition and nice colors.

    Thanks for sharing.

  4. restlessjo
    March 25, 2012

    Lyrical descriptions of a lovely place I’ve yet to visit.

    • Nic Freeman
      March 25, 2012

      Thanks Jo – Skye had me wishing I was a better photographer, painter, singer, writer – just so I could capture its beauty and share it with the world.

  5. PCC Advantage
    March 29, 2012

    Oh no…I was supposed to go to Ireland AND Scotland this summer, but just finalised my plans recently, and I decided to make it Ireland alone.

    After seeing your photos and reading your post, I think I’m beginning to regret that decision now… :(

    Oh well…there’s always next year, right? Congrats on being Freshly Pressed! :)

    • Nic Freeman
      March 29, 2012

      Don’t worry PCC Advantage, Ireland also has amazing natural views and some really coo cities. Keep an eye on my blog, I’m about to put up a whole heap about my road trip around Ireland. Thanks for commenting and for the congrats!

      • PCC Advantage
        March 29, 2012

        Well, the reason why I’m so sad about this decision now is because I’ve already traveled all around Ireland before, and now I realise what I’ll be missing out on in Scotland! :(

        But, the reason why I’m heading back is because I just love it there so much. Can’t get enough of the Emerald Isle and can’t WAIT to see your photos!! :D

  6. evatenter
    March 29, 2012

    Reblogged this on Eva Tenter and commented:
    Beautiful!

  7. The Hook
    March 29, 2012

    Why do I have a sudden urge to watch, Highlander”?

  8. sefeniak
    March 29, 2012

    Thank you! Over the years I have traveled to Skye several times. Its one of my favorite places to be. Its hard to take a bad picture of Scotland. Isn’t it?

    • Nic Freeman
      March 29, 2012

      Thanks for reading sefeniak. You are so right – Scotland is made to be photographed. It’s so grand, the only problem is trying to fit the scale into the photo. I loved Skye, although next time I visit it will have to be summer.

      • sefeniak
        March 29, 2012

        I would visit Scotland and Skye anytime given the opportunity but have to agree Winter on Skye wouldn’t be so wonderful. Everything is closed. Thanks for visiting my blog and liking Down Looking Up.

  9. Shannon.Kennedy
    March 29, 2012

    Wonderful photos!

  10. stirandstitch
    March 29, 2012

    skye is one of my most favourite places in the world, even though i saw most of it through a shroud of cloud and mist. lovely photos!

  11. lespoppys
    March 29, 2012

    Amazing! Thank you!

  12. taxidermy20thcentury
    March 29, 2012

    Oh gosh, this is gorgeous. I’m almost positively moving to Scotland this autumn, and I’m so excited. Lovely photographs! :)

    • Nic Freeman
      March 29, 2012

      All the best for the move… there is so much so see in Scotland! I loved it there. Thanks for reading.

  13. hennacornoelidays
    March 29, 2012

    Very cool post. Are there many tent campers (not in winter) in Europe? Someday we hope to get to Europe…… until then North America.

  14. Eagle-Eyed Editor
    March 29, 2012

    What a lyrical description of Scotland. It brings back many wonderful memories. I had the chance to visit Ft. William many years ago and loved every inch of the Scottish landscape. I am hastening back as soon as I can.

    • Nic Freeman
      March 29, 2012

      Thanks EEE – I was so disappointed the weather did not play nice for us in Ft. William. I hope to get back there one day to do some serious hiking. Such a dramatic landscape!

  15. WeeBanshee
    March 29, 2012

    Eilean a’ Chao – The Misty Isle – is one of my favourite places on earth. I have family there or I might never have experienced it. You described perfectly the varied landscape on the island – its too bad Portree was locked up tight for your visit as there are great places to shop and dine. Agree that summer is best but still prepare for all 4 seasons in one day!

    • Nic Freeman
      March 29, 2012

      Hey Wee Banshee, thanks for reading and commenting. So glad you think I got it down. With so much to take in on one wee isle, I was scrawling notes and snapping pictures, not trusting my mind to remember the varied detail of that wonderful place. I will have to come back in summer I think, along with a few other places I’ve seen this winter – I can imagine it would be something to behold in the glory of summertime.

  16. Constance V. Walden
    March 29, 2012

    Thanks for sharing. Connie
    http://7thandvine.wordpress.com/

  17. wearywanderer64
    March 29, 2012

    Travelled the West coast many times. Never ventured extreme north. Lovely photos

  18. Marylin Warner
    March 29, 2012

    Your descriptions and wonderful photos made this a very real adventure. I was no longer in Colorado wishing for an end to the drought. Thanks for giving me a breath of damp breezes and a beautiful view.

  19. Jason Ministries
    March 29, 2012

    Ireland would make a great vacation. :) Thanks for sharing.

  20. deanmelbourne
    March 29, 2012

    Thanks for this post. It tool me right back to my motorbike trip to skye a couple of years ago. I realised as I approached the bridge that I had this child like idea of this mystical , magical and slightly scary place. In lots of ways it lived up to those magical thoughts.

    my best memory was actually watching the sunset from the bridge for about three hours. just me and a friend windswept and intouch with the eternal feeling of it all.

    last summer we toured the outer islands from barra to lewis . all those islands are magical. Thanks again
    Dean

  21. amelie88
    March 29, 2012

    I love Scotland! I went for the first time a few years ago to visit a friend studying abroad at St. Andrews. I was there for only 4 days so I managed to hit up St. Andrews, Stirling, and Edinburgh (the country is small so it’s easy to see a lot in a few days). I heard about Isle of Skye, which sounded rather mystical. I recently looked it up before you published this post and decided I needed to get there eventually. And this post only makes me want to make that a reality. Thanks for sharing!

    • Nic Freeman
      March 29, 2012

      Hey Ameliemelo thanks for reading! I really enjoyed that Scotland was so easy to drive. It sounds like you did pretty well in your limited time. While the cities and Sterling are quite close to each other, Skye felt like a world away in terms of the barren landscape between. I really recommend getting some wheels for your visit – seeing Skye would have been a lot trickier without our Wicked Panda van as buses didn’t seem to be running on Sunday and had quite a basic schedule other days. Let me know if you have any questions before your trip.

  22. Tim Shey
    March 29, 2012

    Very beautiful photos. I was in Scotland back in 1980.

    Here is a book you may want to read sometime:

    “Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America”
    http://tim-shey.blogspot.com/2010/10/born-fighting.html

    “Chris McCandless Revisited”
    http://tim-shey.blogspot.com/2010/08/chris-mccandless-revisited.html

    “Two Pleasant Surprises: High Plains Drifter Revisited”
    http://tim-shey.blogspot.com/2010/11/two-pleasant-surprises.html

    • Nic Freeman
      March 29, 2012

      Thanks for the book list Tim! I’m always looking for something good to read on the road. I will check out those titles. And thanks for reading!

  23. cricketmuse
    March 29, 2012

    I’m so happy to have found your blog! I recently discovered my maternal great great grandmother came from here and I have been researching to learn as much as I can. A tourist’s eye is always so much more revealing. I will seriously take your advice as I plan my “someday” trip.
    Blue Skies,
    CricketMuse

    • Nic Freeman
      March 29, 2012

      So glad to hear it was helpful Cricketmuse. All the best with the Skye info hunt and trip planning. I actually camped next to a photography on Skye who has some amazing picture of the isle. Perhaps you’d like to take a peek at http://lighttraveler.co.uk/

      • cricketmuse
        March 29, 2012

        Thanks for the tip and I will use your site as a jump off for planning. The Panda Van sounds exciting to try. Can you sleep in it?

  24. cricketmuse
    March 29, 2012

    hmm, my comment didn’t take…sorry for the repeat, but basically I’m happy to find a blog which highlights the land of my maternal ancestors and will definitely be interested in your adventures there. A tourist’s eye is much more revealing than the guidebooks.
    Blue Skies,
    CricketMuse

  25. FreedomGallery
    March 29, 2012

    Absolutely loved my visit to Scotland. It’s a beautiful, magical country! I could easily relocate there. Strangely inspires a feeling of homesickness though I’m not from there. Did you get a chance to visit The Drover’s Inn on Loch Lomond? I was just looking at some of my photos earlier today. I have a post here and pics of my visit. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Suddenly, I want to be there…right now. Having a pint at the Drover’s.
    Will be checking out more of your posts and pictures later on tonight.
    http://freedomgallery.wordpress.com/2011/08/10/the-drovers-inn/

    • Nic Freeman
      March 29, 2012

      Hi FG, thanks for reading and sharing you memories. It sounds as though a part of you comes from there. I didn’t stop by the Drover’s Inn, but your blog makes me wish I had. Instead most of my time around Loch Lomond was spent by the loch reading and writing and enjoying the peaceful air.

      • FreedomGallery
        March 29, 2012

        Great. You’ve inspired me to add a few more photos to my post which I’m doing now!! Cheers.

  26. Kristin Barton Cuthriell
    March 29, 2012

    Beautiful! A joy to read.

  27. dancingbeastie
    March 29, 2012

    Reading your ‘about’ page, I am so impressed by your attitude to life and travel. Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

    Skye is one of my favourite places and I just wanted to give you another impression of the island in winter, if I may. You were unlucky with the weather, and with Portree: but it can be breathtakingly beautiful. If you like, take a look at http://dancingbeastie.wordpress.com/2011/01/21/winter-skye/ (and at my other posts tagged Skye in my tag cloud) to see what I mean.
    I’m glad you enjoyed your trip nonetheless. A good traveller in Scotland is one who – like you – appreciates that even the cloudy days have a romance to them!

    • Nic Freeman
      March 29, 2012

      Thanks DB for your comment. It was lovely to see another kind of Skye in winter – white and peaceful. I agree that a good traveller appreciates the best of the place and time they’ve got before them. Thanks for reading and sharing your link!

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    March 29, 2012

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  29. johndwm
    March 29, 2012

    Hi great photos We have started an endowment for artists and poets to stay in Ollach in the Braes. Some photos from there on the blog http://johndwmacdonald.wordpress.com Best wishes John

  30. wikiblogger
    March 29, 2012

    Reblogged this on wikiblogger and commented:
    It’s amazing :)

  31. ocbetsie
    March 29, 2012

    Fabulous photos! Love the phone booth one.

    http://www.OCBetsie.com

  32. novembrinewaltz
    March 29, 2012

    Lovely pics and stunning imagery.
    I’m English and I live in the borders and have started to go up to Scotland more often but I find that no matter how much I see of it, I cannot tire of its immensity, its wildness that’s so unlike anything else in the world. Although I have travelled very little compared to yourself, I have such a love affair with the UK that I feel I need to explore in so much depth because I love it so much. Its refreshing that you enjoyed this trip so much even though you seem to have seen so much of the world.

  33. versipellusfenris
    March 29, 2012

    I once drove through a cloud in the highlands of Scotland whilst on my honeymoon. It was a magical trip and though we didn’t make it to Skye we intend to go back and see more of the Isles one day.

  34. abbieprescott
    March 29, 2012

    Great post. The Isle of Skye is one place I’ve always wanted to go! Congrats on being Freshly Pressed! :) Abbie

  35. Sarah Forshaw
    March 29, 2012

    So beautiful! Congrats on being freshly pressed and fo rbeing responsible for me wanting to move lol ;)

  36. mandalasisters
    March 29, 2012

    We really enjoyed this! Thanks for sharing your experience. We just learned we have a great great great grandfather that was from this area. Time to get investigating our roots!

  37. Scott
    March 29, 2012

    All are amazing–but I’m especially moved by the view of the “Amber Marshes”. It looks so peaceful!

  38. Raaj Trambadia
    March 29, 2012

    Wow !! The rainbow looks beautiful !! I can’t remember the last time I actually saw a beautiful rainbow live!

    The pics are gorgeous! Cheers :D

    Please spare some time to check out my latest post – http://raajclicks.wordpress.com/2012/03/24/capturing-the-text/

  39. kizzyinchainz
    March 29, 2012

    The Isle of Skye is one of the settings in a book House of Night series. I’ve never really thought to look it up but I’m glad this showed up on the freshly pressed page. I get to see the real thing!! Thanks for the photos.

  40. myschoolhouserocks
    March 29, 2012

    Ah the Isle of Skye. Spent a week there one night. Beautiful place!

  41. maryfollowsthelamb
    March 29, 2012

    The waterfall looks like a man standing behind a reclining woman. Cool!
    Portree looks clean and colorful. I wonder if they paint everything so brightly to counter-act the grayness?

    • Nic Freeman
      March 29, 2012

      I hadn’t noticed that MFTL! Good eye. Portree is clean and colourful and I hear quite amazing when it is all opened up. I had the same thought about the colours. They look lovely through the mist from the harbour.

  42. The Retiring Sort
    March 29, 2012

    Lovely pictures! thans for these – and congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  43. maejane28
    March 29, 2012

    You got an amazing photographs! Very stunning..

  44. tribalstylemarketing
    March 29, 2012

    absolutely gorgeous!

  45. righteousbruin9
    March 29, 2012

    The Western Isles would seem to make a marvelous destination, for a Scottish tour, in addition to Edinburgh and the Highlands. These are splendid photos.

    • Nic Freeman
      March 29, 2012

      Thanks for reading RB9 – you’re right, this part of the Scotland is great for a tour. I’m so glad we did it in Panda van so we could drive down the interesting little B roads and stop for picnics by a view. I think the itinerary you describe would be the perfect taster of Scotland.

  46. sam
    March 29, 2012

    Excellent post, a lovely place.
    Thanks for sharing.

  47. emmnruss
    March 29, 2012

    Ha – I just had to laugh! I just saved a half finished draft of guess where – Yep Isle of Skye!! And seeing your pics of the Wicked van also made me smile, as myself and my partner also cruised Skye in the same fashion. Its the most beautiful place and a great location for photography – too good even, I couldn’t decide what pics to post!!
    Congrats on being freshly pressed!

  48. claudiusplexus
    March 29, 2012

    Tank-you for a nice Blog Pics!!!! Ciao. Claudio

  49. Skye
    March 29, 2012

    I was named after the Isle of Skye but have never really read into it or seen photos. It looks beautiful!

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  51. Lu
    March 29, 2012

    The Isle of Skye is one of my favourite places on this planet.
    You’re so right when you say ” wind whispers tales of the ages” – you can feel the history.
    Beautiful post :)

  52. missmadaboutravel
    March 29, 2012

    Oh My! Great pictures!!! The isle of Skye is worth a thousand visits, since it’s got so much to offer! You definitely have to go back in summer, when it’s all nice and sunny… Oh, and congrats on being freshly pressed!

  53. Kevin
    March 29, 2012

    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed. I was drawn to your site because of the reference to Skye. Scotland is one of the most scenic places on the planet and your photos brought back so many memories of a trip my partner and I had made there a few years ago. And the Outer Hebrides, if you can get there, are spectacular. Thanks for sharing!

  54. Sinead
    March 29, 2012

    these pics are amazing, looks like something out of a fairy tale

  55. valentinedee
    March 29, 2012

    Interesting pics, and more interesting facts. Love your post

    val
    http:valentinedefrancis.wordpress.com

  56. Andreas Moser
    March 29, 2012

    I will finally have to visit Scotland when I will return to the UK in one month.

  57. annlauwers
    March 29, 2012

    Nice photography! My husband and I are planning a trip there and now that I’m doing some research on the area it seems like we will need a lot more time than two weeks to explore. Thanks for your wonderful photography tour.

  58. home, garden, life
    March 29, 2012

    Lovely images, yet if you had to do this trip over, would you postpone until later in the year?

  59. ~MIAH~
    March 29, 2012

    Though there was some disappointment on this journey, what a bunch of fun and interesting places. I liked what you said about the weather determining what you were able to do and you still went out and explored. Beautiful photos.

  60. RAK
    March 29, 2012

    What fantastic descriptions of Skye! There is so much variety in this world. Thank you for posting!

  61. rosettephotography
    March 29, 2012

    Reblogged this on Rosette Photography's Blog and commented:
    Some STUNNING images of Scotland.. Check these out! You will L♥VE them! NICFREEMAN’s BLOG

  62. lisslissliss
    March 29, 2012

    Wow, amazing photos! It’s a really picturesque, interesting place and your photos make me want to go back! Thank you for sharing :)

  63. Beautiful landscape, beautiful photos!

  64. bethanyjoycarlson
    March 30, 2012

    I’m so glad I’m not the only one to have a surprisingly difficult time finding lunch in Portree! Thanks for the walk down memory lane.

  65. Aaron Cohen Photography
    March 30, 2012

    These are really beautiful photos, congratulations on being Freshly Pressed. I’m glad I saw another photographer get recognition!

  66. Mega Millions
    March 30, 2012

    Beautiful Photography! Congratulations on being freshly pressed.

  67. Jennifer
    March 30, 2012

    I can see the aubergine moors. Lovely metaphor!

  68. Stephen
    March 30, 2012

    Hello

    Myself and my wife have visited the Hebrides on several occasions and last year we went with the family. Driving up on the A1 to take in the Holy Island and camping before driving across Scotland up to Fort William and then down the small roads to the ferry and across to Mull. We camped on Mull for a few days driving around walking and watching the Eagles. But the weather was not so good. We moved to Iona where we had been on several occasions but never together. The Island was bathed in the sunlight and we just stayed there. It was a wonderful holiday with the children. We never got to Sky but your photos remind me very much of Mull and the houses in pastel colours of Tobermory. Thank you for the post.

    Stephen

  69. heathermcamp
    March 30, 2012

    I so want to travel – don’t know if it will ever happen, but until it does I’ll content myself with beautiful travel-blogs like yours. Loved it! Congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

  70. chasingwoozles
    March 30, 2012

    eerily, hauntingly beautiful! LOLled at the random telephone box for the sheep…!

  71. woozywithcider
    March 30, 2012

    Beautiful photos! Would love to go there some day.

  72. Chito L. Aguilar
    March 30, 2012

    Hi Nic,

    Thanks for posting.

    Your vivid photos bring back happy memories of my stay in the Isle of Skye. I was on a scholarship in the U.K .some years back and the trip to the Scottish Highlands was one of the most unforgettable experiences for me. I have been there in summer. Your post was a trip-down-memory-lane. I remember especially the Armadale Ferry boat ride, Loch Lomond, Ft. William, Kyleakin, the awesome landscapes, castles and lochs, etc. The northern lights, “aurora borealis”, I’ve seen from Skye (http://shiftingshades.wordpress.com/dreams/colors/) became the inspiration for my book, “Shifting Shades” (now my blog); featuring poem on Loch Ness (http://shiftingshades.wordpress.com/travel/loch-ness/), among other poems I wrote from that U.K. experience.

    Congratulations on the ‘Freshly Pressed’! Now, I follow your blog.

    • Nic Freeman
      March 30, 2012

      Hi Chito, thanks for you comment. I enjoyed your poems – they really capture the blissful beauty of both the Loch and Skye. Also, thanks for the congrats. and for following me now!

  73. Lily Kay
    March 30, 2012

    Simply lovely! I would love to visit Scotland one day.

  74. thelinoprinter
    March 30, 2012

    These are lovely pictures. I am going on a road trip with a friend to Scotland in a couple of weeks. We have been having trouble deciding on where to visit. This I think has convinced me that the Isle of Skye should be a definite destination. It really is very beautiful. Thanks!

    • Nic Freeman
      March 30, 2012

      Thanks tLP, excited to hear you’ll be road trippin’ in Scotland too! I’m really glad we had the Wicked campervan to drive that amazing landscape. I couldn’t imagine trying to see it all any other way. Yes, include Skye, especially as the weather is improving. And Edinburgh. It was an amazingly cool city. I’ve got a blog post on Edinburgh too. Have a great trip!

  75. Audrey
    March 30, 2012

    What an amazing trip. The photos are stunning! I’ve been longing to go to Skye, you’ve reignited the passion! :)

  76. mirage1125
    March 30, 2012

    I’m planning to tour Skye in my car as well sometime in summer. Great post, will work as a guide!

  77. Erieen.
    March 30, 2012

    woa nice captures! i enjoy reading your post. and how did you take a shoot of the rainbow? its so beautiful and soft.
    your post makes me want to visit Scotland =)

  78. Joe Labriola
    March 30, 2012

    My friend goes to school in Scotland, but I don’t think she’s been here yet. I’ll have to show her these pics!

  79. Stepping My Way to Bliss
    March 30, 2012

    We were there almost exactly 10 years ago…great to see it looks just as beautiful now as it did then. We spent the night in Uig. Where you might ask? Uig Hotel of course. The entire Scotland trip was such a great time.

  80. sweetmother
    March 30, 2012

    congrats on the freshly pressed, nic. isle of skye is a beautiful place. stayed there with the wifesy meself, before we left scotland. thank you for the beautiful reminder. – sm

  81. protcorben
    March 30, 2012

    This is amazing. Thanks for all the pictures. They rock.

  82. heavensangelsreadings
    March 30, 2012

    It’s such a beautiful country and the people are warm and friendly. I had a blast when I was there.

  83. J.A. Vas
    March 30, 2012

    I’ve been in Scotland 15 years ago. your pictures provide my memories!

  84. Malou
    March 30, 2012

    Great post! Brought back lots of happy memories of my first holiday in Scotland over a decade ago. Makes me now wish to go back. ;-)

  85. Lonnie
    March 30, 2012

    Pictures are quiet calm and beautiful. Enjoyed viewing them.

  86. Anna
    March 30, 2012

    Great post.
    I like the first pic, It’s so beautiful.

  87. Slamdunk
    March 30, 2012

    This is a part of the world that I don’t expect to ever get a chance to visit. Thanks for sharing the great photos Nic so that at least I can dream.

    • Nic Freeman
      March 31, 2012

      Hey Slamdunk, some of the best travel moments are spent dreaming in front of a screen. Plus, you never know, I once thought I would never have 9 months to travel Europe, or go to the Middle East, or travel solo around SE Asia… but life has been good to me and I’ve taken every opportunity I could get. Thanks for reading!

  88. dancingintherain
    March 31, 2012

    Reblogged this on doralowxx and commented:
    scotland <3

  89. The Whisky Woman
    March 31, 2012

    Beautiful post! I was just in Speyside last week and posted some photos of my visit to the whisky still makers, Forsyths, on my blog today! Absolutely love it in Scotland. Need to get back there asap. Especially love your photo with the rainbow and the one with the turquoise boat. Slainte!

    • Nic Freeman
      March 31, 2012

      Cheers, TWW – so glad you enjoyed your trip and my post.

  90. aso127
    March 31, 2012

    This is really a good work. I appreciate your efforts behind that. Have a great day!

  91. cheryllme
    March 31, 2012

    I love all your photos! you’ve captured a wonderful moments in every pictures.. :)

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  93. njhough
    March 31, 2012

    Err, there are two petrol stations in Portree (one on the Uig road, the other on the Broadford road) as well as in Broadford, Uig, Dunvegan and Armadale. Probably no better or worse than the rest of the highlands, but don’t expect them to be open late on Sunday!

    • Nic Freeman
      March 31, 2012

      Hey njhough, thanks for that useful info. I was sure there must be more but we only came across those two on our travels…and, as you said it was Sunday lunch time. It was one of those moments when we didn’t expect we would use so much petrol and it was the first time we’d actively looked for petrol in all of our highland driving. Thanks for your comment. I’m sure it will prove useful for someone else on their journeys.

  94. talytamiranda
    March 31, 2012

    Reblogged this on talytamiranda and commented:
    ” The place is very quiet with beautiful scenery”

    • Nic Freeman
      March 31, 2012

      Thanks for reblogging me talytamiranda! Yes, it’s a peaceful place with stunning views.

      • talytamiranda
        April 1, 2012

        U are welcome Nicfreeman ;DDD I hope for more photos;DD great pictures…

      • talytamiranda
        April 1, 2012

        U are welcome Nicfreeman … I hope for more photos hehe great pictures

  95. talytamiranda
    March 31, 2012

    Amazing …. relax place !!!!!!!

  96. lafamiliadominguez
    March 31, 2012

    Photos are awesome, makes me want to travel there, :-)

  97. sunnythesurd
    March 31, 2012

    Beautiful…..Reblogging this..

  98. sunnythesurd
    March 31, 2012

    Reblogged this on cynicalboy.

  99. Jual Minyak Zaitun
    March 31, 2012

    very beautiful natural scenery. I was fascinated. I want to visit your place

  100. Jeddah Photo Blog
    April 1, 2012

    Beautiful collection of photos, love it.

  101. shisan360
    April 1, 2012

    Great amazing nature pictures.

  102. Daily Romantic Comedy
    April 1, 2012

    Such a great eye you have for capturing so much beauty! Well done!

  103. michaelangelowrites
    April 1, 2012

    Gorgeous photos. I love every single bit of the place.

  104. pnwauthor
    April 1, 2012

    I enjoyed your writing and photographs. Well done. Love rainbows too.

    • Nic Freeman
      April 2, 2012

      Thanks pnwauthor – glad you like. The rainbows made me pretty happy too.

  105. Hi, I loved your photos. I always dreamed of visiting Scotland. I will someday soon. Just awesome.

  106. paintboxtalks
    April 1, 2012

    Reblogged this on paintboxtalks.

  107. Alethea Eason
    April 1, 2012

    Someday I hope to be able to go there.

  108. Soumya R
    April 1, 2012

    Beautifully written. I like your idea of narrating your experience along with the pictures. Good job!

    • Nic Freeman
      April 2, 2012

      Thanks SoumyaR – really appreciate that feedback. The format is important for me; once I get excited reading about a place, I always want to know how to go about it. Cheers, Nic

  109. Dreamz infra
    April 1, 2012

    i enjoyed our work….

  110. goddesswendyjo
    April 1, 2012

    Wonderful blog and photos. I spent some time in Edinburgh, didn’t have time to check out the wild country. You have definitely put Scotland back on my list of places to see again.

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  112. poojycat
    April 1, 2012

    My favourite part of Scotland! Its like Magicland ;) Would like to go back there some time in the future! Very nice pictures, love it! ;)

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  114. athomewithgod
    April 1, 2012

    I never thought of camping as you travel–especially through Europe. I think it sounds neat! Hopefully I can try it out sometime.

    • Nic Freeman
      April 2, 2012

      Thanks for your comment. Camping in this part of the world really does allow a different, more intimate view of the beautiful scenery. I can’t rave about it enough! In the next couple of weeks I’ll be putting up a post with all my lessons from the experience – ‘How to travel the UK & Ireland in a camper van’ – might shed a little more light on the process. Thanks for reading.

      • athomewithgod
        April 3, 2012

        Ooh, cool! I will be checking back for that! Congratulations on being freshly pressed by the way!

      • Nic Freeman
        April 3, 2012

        Thanks athomewithgod!

  115. I have been visiting scotland for years and still believe its one of the best holiday destinations our there. Very inspirational post, it makes me look forward to me next visit even more!

  116. Such a beautiful part of the world. Lovely photos you’ve captured it well.

  117. dubdoob
    April 2, 2012

    thanks for the pics, the island is beautiful

  118. Melissa
    April 2, 2012

    I cannot express my joy at this post adequately. I am currently studying in Edinburgh this year and have been making trips here and there. The Isle of Skye is scheduled for a week at the end of May (yay relative warmth!) with a couple of friends. We will spend six days hiking about and enjoying the incredible beauty of the island.

    I was very comforted to see that even on cloudy days, the views are stunning. I won’t worry so much about the weather!

    • Nic Freeman
      April 2, 2012

      Hey Melissa, Thanks for your comment. I’m so glad I could bring a little reassurance with my post. The weather since we were there has been much better – warmer- so I imagine it will be clearer again for you. As long as you’re prepared for bad weather (waterproofs, good boots etc.) I’m sure you’ll enjoy Skye. Have a great trip!

  119. Sheree
    April 2, 2012

    Love the pictures and traveling. Thanks for letting us see this part of Scotland from your view.

  120. That little phone booth looks like it’s just sitting in the middle of nowhere! How strange :D

    • Nic Freeman
      April 2, 2012

      It was! We did a double-take, slammed the brakes on and had to take a pic. Nothing but farms full of sheep and mountains around it.

  121. Av
    April 2, 2012

    didn’t try looking for the Lochness monster? lol..
    nice pix.

    • Nic Freeman
      April 2, 2012

      Hey Av – no didn’t get to L’Ness book bought a book about the monster for my little sister. Cheers for reading.

  122. Natacha Steven
    April 18, 2012

    So glad I discovered your blog, it’s great!

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  126. mykombiandi
    June 4, 2013

    Ahhh memories. What a great post. Isle of Skye is a picturesque Scottish beauty. We loved our days on Skye, Camping in our Spaceship Campervan. Thank you for sparking memories of Scotland.

    • Nic Freeman
      June 12, 2013

      Absolutely a Scottish beauty Shane. It would love to go back in summer to see it with less mist and more people as well. What time of year did you visit?

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  128. frequent flightiness
    November 24, 2013

    I loved visiting Skye – we arrived by ferry from Mallaig and drove the length of the island trying to find accommodation (it was one of the few spots on our trip that we didn’t book). We ended up paying a fortune to stay at Flodigarry House on the northwest tip, but it was a rather stunning part of Skye (the view was incredible), so we didn’t mind. The drive through the inner part of the island to make the ferry at Uig was rather spectacular.

    Most of all, I loved the majesty of Skye – the mountains are sharp and jagged, the seas and lochs are spectacular. I wish we had spent more time here before we headed further out to the Outer Hebrides.

    • Nic Freeman
      November 29, 2013

      Hey FF, thanks so much of your comment. I can feel the wonder and enthusiasm through your words. It certainly is a majestic part of the the world! I also wish I’d spent more time there; it’s on my ‘go back there’ list :)

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