Photographer's Note

This sunset photo is taken at my favourite place on the north of Isle of Skye. Those islands that you see in horizon are Outer Hebrides Isles.

The overpowering brutal grandeur of Isle of Skye can leave even the most happy-go-lucky tourist speechless. It’s not pretty, it’s magnificent and a bit frightening - the bleak loneliness in parts can chill your soul. Immerse yourself in it (don’t just look at it through the bus or car window). Forget the weather, the midges, your own bed at home, your leaking shoes - you’ll suffer. It’s seldom a kind place, but you’ll be in no doubt that you’re alive.

At the island’s centre are the Cuillin Mountains, the Black Cuillins to the west, jagged and inspiring, the Red Cuillins to the east, rounded and brooding. The name ‘Isle of Skye’ comes from the native Gaelic ‘An t-Eilean Sgitheanach’, which means ‘winged island’. These ‘wings’ of Trotternish and Waternish along with Duirinish, Minginish and Sleat, stretch out into the sea to give a gentler but still mysterious and haunting landscape. The Gaelic nickname is Eilean a’ Cheo (Island of Mist) and as the clouds sit or curl slowly over the hills and fjords this is when Skye’s truest beauty can be admired.

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Additional Photos by Lucie CzNLUkKw (lucinka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 135 N: 1821] (9976)
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