The Isle of Skye
Clearly one of our favorite little jaunts on the Scotland trip was to the majestic Isle of Skye. As the name implies, it's an island off the western coast of Scotland and is a bundle of beautiful light goodness. To put it in perspective, as we arrived a huge rainbow formed over the bay as if to welcome us. As I think I mentioned earlier, days were really short, but you got that gorgeous sunset light all day. For a photographer it's basically the best present you can get. Thankfully by this point the weather had improved a bit so we could actually enjoy the golden warmth as it was pretty cold most days [for someone from Southern California anyway].
We set up our home base in the small town of Portree which was pretty central to everything. I got us an unbelievable like 50% off deal for 2 nights at the upscale Cullin Hills Hotel which had a fantastic view over the water. Everything smelled like buffed leather. There was also a big supermarket nearby so we were able to stock up on all the survival goodies [they didn't carry bear mace sadly].
On this trip Tanya and I had our mind set on the concept for the 2010 family postcard and it seemed like we could find a good cliff to work with out on Skye. We had a few options [see #12 + 13] and it ended up working out pretty well. We had to whip it together pretty quick when we got home, but it was nice to have a little Scotland reminder as our now famous holiday card for the year.
The next morning we were out pretty early and saw basically the most perfect sunrise I think I can remember. Perfect clouds, still water reflection, and violently slippery mud path near water...the typical Ian and Tanya trip, pretty but deadly. Also the entire road was one lane. Not one on each side, but total. Made for some interesting driving as you can imagine. Thankfully November not exactly being touristy season saved us from some probably sticky tour bus situations.
Our big day event was climbing the 'Old Man of Storr' path, the famous viewpoint overlooking the water. It ended up being exhausting, but completely worth it. Tanya's fear of heights didn't help her chances, but I think even she appreciated it. After all, there were plenty of sheep for her to talk to.