Tarskavaig

Tarskavaig

Tarskavaig Bay on the Sleat peninsula, on the Isle of Skye

One of the most accessible views of the Black Cuilin on Skye, I’m not the first to take a picture like this, and I’m sure I won’t be the last. It’s another one of my roadside snaps, taken from a superbly positioned lay-by, and I have to say, most my other pictures are little more hard-won. That said, it still embodies the themes of my blog, in that those are undoubtedly mountains (only the most Alpine of all British mountain ranges!), I would definitely say that Skye could be classified as a wild place (this would be classed as a crofting village), and that is the Atlantic ocean in the middle distance, which I’m sure counts as water.

Skye is the furthest north I’ve been to date, and at some point I’d love to go further -the mountains and wilderness of Torridon and Sutherland look like just my kind of place (if it weren’t for the midges!). I’d also love to go back to Skye, as we didn’t have the best of the weather when we were there, and we definitely left wanting more, and I think would’ve done even if the weather had been better. The mountains there are just so…different, a massive challenge (at least in parts) and stunning to look at. It helps that the island is somewhat less accessible than other parts of the highlands and that means the hills (and the car parks) are quieter, giving you a real feeling of space (unless the clag is down and you’re having a dreich day).

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All images © Stephen Tyrrell, Mountains, Wild Places & Water, 2013. All rights reserved.
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