The Isle of Skye in Scotland is a wonderful location for photography with it’s natural beauty, vast open space, rugged landscapes and abundance of waterfalls. This is our version of Iceland.. you might even catch some northern lights during winter. You could spend many weeks on Skye exploring all the areas but if you only have a few days here these are the top 4 locations to photograph. Be warned it does get very busy as plenty of tourists flock to the Isle of Skye most of whom are photographers as well.
Bring plenty of warm clothes and waterproof clothing, if you visit in the summer months expect rain and if you visit during the winter expect rain 🙂 Best way to get to Skye is by car crossing at the Skye bridge near the Kyle Of Lochalsh.
Skye is extremely remote don’t expect much in the way of shops or late night entertainment. My car broke down previously on Skye, snapped alternator belt. This had to be ordered in by a local garage from the mainland.. you won’t find a Halfords on Skye.
Hotels and B&B’s are expensive but also they tend to be fully booked as there are many tourists that visit Skye and not so many hotels. I would recommend staying at one of the campsites or free camping, the two campsites I know on Skye are Sligachan campsite IV47 8SW Tel: 01478 650204 and Staffin campsite IV51 9JX Tel: 01470 562213. I’ve stayed at the Sligachan campsite which was £7.50 per night/person. Check in advance as they may not be open during winter.
Quiraing – Location coordinates 57.62821, -6.29095
Also at Quiraing you have Trotternish Ridge which is to the right of my photo below. Quiraing is best photographed at sunrise. Car parking is a few minutes from location.
Old man of Storr – Location coordinates 57.49761, -6.15923
I would say the most iconic photo location from Skye. You park at the car park at the bottom of the hill and it’s a good 1h30m walk to the top where you get the best photo. It’s an uphill walk so bring a bottle of water with you. I would suggest doing this one late in the afternoon for sunset. You don’t really want to be going up here in the full sun. The sun will likely be behind the mountain at sunset but you should still get a nice light as the sun sets.
Sligachan – Location coordinates 57.28881, -6.18431
At Sligachan you have the old bridge set against the backdrop of the Cullin mountains. The Cullin mountains are also worth an explore as you will find some nice waterfalls and landscapes. The Sligachan campsite is also here, plus a pub 🙂
The Fairy Pools – Location coordinates 57.25034, -6.27268
This is a little off the beaten track as you need to drive a long a dirt country road to get to the parking at the bottom and then its a a good 40 minute walk up to the top of the fairy pools, just follow the signs and the tourists. Best time is after a few days of heavy rain as the waterfalls will be flowing much faster, not a sunset or sunrise location but if you do this during the day will be very busy with tourists. Winter would look great if you can drive the small road here.