The Magic of Scotland.

Scotland in the worst rainy weather possible is beautiful.

Scotland on a clear sunny day is simply divine!

Out of 10 days in Scotland there was 1 day only of clear perfect sunshine. Thankfully it was the day we were to hike the gorgeous Quiraing on the beautiful Isle of Skye. The hike is only a 7km return from the carpark, and follows a relatively easy path, that is UNTIL you get to the high point of the path, and a sharp left takes you up a steep climb of scree for 40 metres. At one stage it was hands and knees trying to get up! I cannot imagine how slippery this section would be when raining, so I was quite pleased it was sunny!

More climbing gets you to “the table” – a weird flat piece of land the size of a football field or so. A perfect place to sit on the grass and eat a packed lunch. After admiring the many basalt spires and the views stretching all the way to the mainland, it was time to head back down. Down was another story all together – the loose scree and jagged rocks made for some falls and tumbles, but luckily no major harm done.

This was another one of those travels days that remain in the heart forever. I am sure even in the rain, with clouds and mists swirling over this unique landscape, it would be a must do hike. But I was secretly glad that we did have a glorious day, because I was kind of sick of feeling damp all the time for days on end!

Glorious views

Glorious views

Onto the trail

Onto the trail

Looking back

Looking back

Gorgeous greens

Gorgeous greens

Walking into the heart of the Quiraing.

Walking into the heart of the Quiraing.

Getting there.

Getting there.

This hike as ocean views too!

This hike as ocean views too!

In amongst the basalt needles.

In amongst the basalt needles.

Endless views of greens and blues.

Endless views of greens and blues.

Spires

Spires

Lunch on "the table" than head back down.

Lunch on “the table” than head back down.

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3 Responses to The Magic of Scotland.

  1. Helen says:

    Thankyou!! It is such a stunning landscape, and a really beautiful day! You obviously balanced out the weather for my first Scotland trip – we had mostly blue skies, with only occasional rain! Skye was part of my original planning for this trip, but got bumped off because it just wasn’t fitting in (logistics wise) with my other walks. It is definitely on the list for next time, especially as there are a lot of really good day walks so I can do it as part of a more “normal” holiday.

  2. annathrax says:

    It was great going through some old photos. I think I will do a few more posts on my Scottish trip when I have the chance. I was fortunate that baby A slept for 2 hours today so I could upload photos etc. I hope you get good weather again for your trip! I was there late may…. Absolutely freezing even though it was the beginning of summer! Skye will always be there for you… When you go back for a “normal” holiday (loved that line!). Thanks for the visit.

  3. Have still to visit the Quirrang, looks superb from your pics, I’m keeping it for a good weather day but keep getting diverted elsewhere. Lots of options in Skye, certainly a magical place 🙂

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