Photographer's Note

The weather was changing so quickly there in the mountains called Quirang that I had to hurry to catch some light on the hills.


Skye effectively has its own climate. The island sits in the gulf stream and is somewhat milder than the mainland which means that there is often no snow in winter. Good winter conditions on the island can be quite rare.

The mountains rise steeply from the sea on the south-western side of the island presenting a large obstruction to the prevailing winds coming in from the Atlantic. This means that the moist air is forced upwards right on the coast... in turn this means that the ridge is often shrouded in thick cloud or sea-fog when the rest of the island may be clear blue skys.

As ever for Scotland, the weather can change in a matter of minutes, from sunshine to snow (even in July!) or just as quickly to thick clouds and zero-visibilty.

When it's sunny, however, the vast expanse of rock heats quickly and can act like a giant radiator in the corries.

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Additional Photos by Romana Svatonova (romanaa) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 627 W: 93 N: 1185] (8024)
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