Scotland Blog May 29, 2014

May 29, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Scotland Blog - Thursday May 29th, 2014  Isle of Skye - Dunvegan Castle

Our first day on the Isle of Skye has been great. Our first shoot this morning was in the beautiful village of Portree. The winding streets, row houses and colourful harbour offered up many photo opportunities. 

Mid morning we departed Portree for Dunvegan Castle. Set on an inland salt loch  (lake) the castle offers up many photo opportunities. Complete with several many flower gardens the group split up and explored the grounds.

Next stop Talisker Distillery where we sampled some of their 15 year old special edition scotch. Leaving a very warm feeling once a few samples were shared. Then our final stop of the day was Fairy Bridge set at the base of Glamaig Mountain. Each year a marathon race is held from the bridge to the top of Glamaig mountain at 775 meters, a distance of 7 kms.  The approximate time for a runner in top form up and back 44 minutes and 27 seconds. We all got across the bridge!

Tomorrow we depart for the Outer Hebrides taking the ferry from Uig to Tarbot. En-route to the boat terminal we will visit the Old Man of Storr rock formation, Kilt Rock and the ruins of Duntulm Castle.  Posted are a selection of images from todays trek. Good night from the Isle of Skye.

Biker on the motorway to Portree this morning.


Mountain waterfalls


Colourful reflections on the harbour inlet in Portree


Small boats in Portree Harbour


Low tide


Dry dock, Portree Harbour


Dunvegan Castle at low tide


Dunvegan Castle pathway leading down to old dock gate


Big sky at low tide, Dunvegan Castle


Waterfalls in Dunvegan garden


Another view of the gardens


Iceland blue


Chaffinch in the castle gardens. The male becomes more colourful during mating season.


Wall Gardens in Dunvegan Castle


Branch from a Monkey Puzzle Tree


Talisker Distillery


Ruth at Talisker Distillery during our tour, photo for her new label "Ruthie Walker Red"


Tasting time, 15 year old Talisker special edition


Mountain reflections


Ferry bridge with Galmaig mountain in the background, this is where the marathon takes place.


The storey goes if you stick your finger in the water at ferry bridge then rub it on your cheek it will bring you good luck. Don working on his good luck.


Then a quick touch to the cheek!


Diane gets down close to the ground at ferry bridge, Don in the background.


Perfect view through ferry bridge, nice work Bill!


Sea Breezes, our something yellow image to finish off todays blog. This is Sea Breezes coffee shop at the harbour in Portree.


That’s it for our photos from todays locations, another great day. Tomorrow we head to the Outer Hebrides, it will take approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes by boat. Good night from the Isle of Skye.


Please add a comment

Posted by phil hawkins on
Great shots James! Love the bird and waterfall shots!
Posted by Kathy on
These photos bring back great memories. I stayed at the "pink house" in the harbour area last May. And had a delicious dinner at Sea Breezes. Enjoy!
Posted by carol on
All great shots. Especially love Bill's photo through ferry bridge - you're right - it seems perfect. Thank you
Posted by Doreen Blake on
Great to see Joan and Don enjoying the trip,.
Posted by Dolores Cooper on
Hello James and fellow travellers. Beautiful landscapes. Loved the shot of the castle and the chaffinch. All the best for the remainder of the tour.
Posted by Dave on
Yes nice shot Bill, F.B.I. framing and reflections!

Great scenery and looks everyone is having fun.

I'm glad I'm enjoying the tour too, but who gave me the crappy camera?

Dave Chidley
Posted by Sue Smith on
Great photos! Brings back memories, the photo of the cyclist looks familiar, how were the midges this year:-)
Posted by Gail Steer on
Love the pics!
Hey, I didn't know Bob was there cycling!
Posted by Mike and Dan on
It's nice to see some great (A.K.A straight horizon) shots after the Talisker samples! Easier with a round subject matter, but still a great shot; also a solid reason for splashing creek water in your cheek. Good luck or wake up... Either way good practice after a few drams!
Posted by Judy Erskine on
Wow! The photos are amazing wish I was there!b
Posted by Claudia Viani on
Looks like another amazing day…Ruthie that hat looks amazing on you :) A natural!
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