Living on the Edge – The Hebrides Part Two
Following on from my Living on the Edge article in April as promised I have been searching through my archives to share some more images from around these wonderful islands. Last time I shared some images from the Outer Hebrides trip and now we are going to visit the Inner Hebrides and in particular the Isles of Islay, Mull and Skye. We start on Mull and an image from my one and only trip there in late Summer 2010. I had spent the day on the Isle of Iona and on the way there I had spotted an old disused bridge at the side of the road and made a mental note to stop there on my return journey. I have since discovered that it is the Old Kinloch Bridge over the Coladoir River and in this image I have captured it pointing towards Ben More, the highest point on the Isle of Mull and the only Hebridean Munro outside of the Isle of Skye and is therefore held in high regard on the island.
After that brief visit I thought we should stop by the Isle of Islay which I visited in early Summer in 2010. I was hoping that part of that trip would include a visit to the neighbouring island of Jura but unfortunately the weather and time thwarted my plans, but there is always next time. Islay is probably best know for its whisky and its nine distilleries but it also has some amazing scenery and I am certain that it is for this that is known as the "Queen of the Hebrides". I particularly like the north of the island around Loch Gruinart but this time we are going to visit one location in each of the west and east of the island. Saligo Bay sits in the north west corner with the Atlantic waves breaking on its shore and westerly winds driving straight up the beach. Islays most beautiful bay, according to many. From this point 3000 miles due west is the coast line of North America and only water in between. Saligo Bay offers the most beautiful light conditions according to some photographers and is a favourite spot for people to watch and photograph an Atlantic Sunset.
Moving now towards Port Askaig and the Sound of Islay which separates the island from Jura and one afternoon on a walk I came across Lily Loch. The loch is situated on the Dunlossit Estate and is so named because of the abundance of water lilies in the loch. Unfortunately my visit was too early in the year to see them but I was rewarded instead with a wonderful display of bulrushes.
Finally we call on the Isle of Skye which is the largest and most northerly island in the Inner Hebrides. The island's peninsulas radiate out from a mountainous centre dominated by the Cuillin hills. Neist Point is the most westerly point on the Duirinish peninsula and was used as the dramatic setting for a number of scenes in the movie Breaking The Waves in 1996, starring Emily Watson. A mock cemetery was constructed for the scenes, which remained for several years afterwards.
For our second location on Skye we visit the somewhat surprisingly named Coral Beach. Despite its name, and all these tales of the Gulf Stream, the beach is not made of coral at all. It is actually composed of pieces of desiccated and sun-bleached algae. If you look carefully it is still possible to find some fairly big bits away from where the crowds gather although on my visit I was fortunate to have the place almost to myself.
So that concludes our trip to some of the Inner Hebrides islands and if you haven't already, one day do take the opportunity to see these stunning islands for yourselves.
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