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.”
In 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.