Skye

Recently I watched Bear Grylls and his new TV program which takes celebrities to remote places in the world and shows them how to survive.  This particular episode was shot in Skye, which just didn't seem as remote as he made it out to be, considering we live 2 hours away and go there for day trips.  

Richie walking up the ridge toward the Old Man of Storr

Richie walking up the ridge toward the Old Man of Storr

Richie before the cliffs

Richie before the cliffs

Richie (http://www.richiemaciver.com) was visiting from London and is usually surrounded by high rise buildings so getting to photograph in Skye was a visually stunning opportunity.  After the 6am start we made it to the Old Man of Storr.  This area was created long ago after a landslide happened and is a recognisable place around the world.

Old Man of Storr

Old Man of Storr

Coming here in winter rather than summer gave us some stormy weather and the place to ourselves.  Usually a busy hub full of visitors it was left empty, giving a surreal feeling.

Scrambling underneath the pinnacle 

Scrambling underneath the pinnacle 

Looking up at the Old Man of Storr as you hike is impressive but once you see beyond that you are met by massive cliffs.

Looking up at the Old Man of Storr as you hike is impressive but once you see beyond that you are met by massive cliffs.

We made a quick stop by Kilt Rock - with the heavy rainfall we would hopefully see the thundering Mealt Waterfall.  The fall is 60 metres into the Sound of Raasay which boasts a lovely view of never ending water.  

Mealt Waterfall 

Mealt Waterfall 

After walking through a bog we finally came to Abhainn An Lethuillt which can be accessed via a rope that has definitely seen better days.  Given the amount of rainfall we were hoping not to get swept away by any flood.  I hadn't seen the fall so heavy before but it was spectacular being underneath, hearing it pound against the rocks.

The entry and exit to the falls via rope, rock and roots

The entry and exit to the falls via rope, rock and roots

Under the falls

Under the falls

Over the day we had encountered wind, rain, snow and hailstones.  I really enjoy the sun and warm weather but the exciting thing about Skye is whatever the weather it still looks magnificent and adds to the experience.

The hailstones came when we stopped by the Quiraing,  We walked backwards to the car as the hailstones were pelting off of our faces and hands.  Like I said before, the weather stills creates beautiful scenery.

The Quiraing

The Quiraing

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