Isle of Skye

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The world famous Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye.

The Isle of Skye is a beautiful island off the North West coast of Scotland. With it’s rugged landscape, dramatic mountains, gorgeous coastline, lochs, and ever changing light –  it’s a mystical and enchanting destination with something for everyone – a utopia for travellers, walkers, climbers, photographers, fishermen (and fisherwomen), bird-watchers, food-lovers, whisky drinkers and lovers of music amongst the many reasons for visiting. 

I visited for the first time this August – I’m Scottish, so I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to get there, but it has. I had heard tales of busy roads, full car-parks and many, many visitors during the busy months of July and August, but I have to say I was truly shocked at the sheer number of tourists, cars and camper-vans on the island. Everyone seemed to be in a hurry to dash round the island in a whistle stop fashion – only stopping for a moment for a group photograph at an iconic viewpoint, before moving onto the next. 

Don’t misunderstand me – my intention in writing this it not too deter anyone heading here. However, many of the roads are single-track – the pace of travel is slow and the essential passing places are not to be used for car-parking or no-one can get anywhere. Sadly – especially around the tourist spots – this was a common problem.With travel grinding to a halt and the grass verges on roads being chewed up with drivers having to struggle to pass each other. A little bit of common sense and respect wouldn’t go amiss.

Please go and appreciate the wonder of Skye – but respect is needed, and maybe July and August is not the time to go….


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Isle of Harris – A Dream Destination

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I had the absolute luxury of running a 1:1 workshop on the Isle of Harris recently – an island in the Outer Hebrides on the West coast of Scotland that should be visited at least once by everyone and yes, you must take a camera.

The landscape is a photographers dream with a coastline and beaches you will simply fall in love with. The colours – even on a dull day – are sublime and the water really is tourquoise as it laps (or crashes) onto the silver sands with barely a footprint to be seen on the huge, largely empty and unspoilt bays. 

Travel to Harris – if going by land – is not a short journey, involving a ferry from Skye or Ulapool. You will drive through some spectacular countryside and once there the very quirky coastal roads will amuse and perhaps frustrate you – be patient, slow down and embrace the gentle pace – Harris, for me anyway, is a spiritual, tranquil and calming location. Sure the weather can be wild and unpredictable, but isn’t that part of its charm and a factor in the ever changing light – one minute dark and foreboding, the next moment golden as it falls across the contours of the land.  

Just go – you won’t be disappointed. 

All images copyright Ronnie Baxter Photography > www.ronniebaxter.co.uk