Scottish Ramble #9

The series that started with “Bridge Over the Atlantic,” and most recently introduced daughter Alyssa’s trip to the Western Hebrides (Scottish Ramble #8), concludes with this reflection from “The Isle of Skye.”

Skye is located in HighlandIn a journey through Scotland’s Inner Hebrides, Alyssa and a friend enjoyed visiting Skye, the largest and most northerly island of the group, and the second largest island in Scotland. Skye is a land of peninsulas radiating outward from a mountainous hub known as the Cuillins.

The Isle of Skye enjoys a mild north Atlantic climate with a lot of wind and rain. Its iconic wildlife are the golden eagle, the red deer, and the Atlantic salmon. Heather dominates the moorlands. The Black Cuillins present some of the most dramatic mountains and difficult climbs in all of Great Britain.

Skye has long been celebrated in poetry and song. For this post I will necessarily omit information on the deep cultural history of the island, and other facts readily obtainable elsewhere. I’ll just present a few of Alyssa’s photographs that I think relate thematically to this blog, viz., images that depict the possibility of trout and salmon, deer and eagle, of fairy pools and heather blooms, of moor and mountaintop.

We hope you’ve enjoyed the Scottish Rambles series. Thanks go to Alyssa Franklin for the photos shared and the dreams that some of them inspired. After 14 months in Scotland, she is almost home.71. mtn range and river77. pride rock69. moor and mtn58. Stream65. mtn stream64. falls60. pool57. Mtns

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About rivertoprambles

Welcome to Rivertop Rambles. This is my blog about the headwaters country-far afield or close to home. I've been a fly-fisher, birder, and naturalist for most of my adult life. I've also written poetry and natural history books for thirty years. In Rambles I will mostly reflect on the backcountry of my Allegheny foothills in the northern tier of Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York State. Sometimes I'll write about the wilderness in distant states, or of the wild places in the human soul. Other times I'll just reflect on the domestic life outdoors. In any case, I hope you enjoy. Let's ramble!
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4 Responses to Scottish Ramble #9

  1. She has certainly done an excellent job of chronicling her journey through her photos. What an amazing experience. Thanks to her and you for sharing it.

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