The waterfalls yesterday were only to prepare myself for today’s hike. Like every day, I woke up before sunrise and headed out, this time towards the South of Skye, as I paid a visit to the Fairy Pools in Glen Brittle. The waterfalls and little pools are named because of their unreal colours. And in a rocky landscape like this, one does find themselves in a fairy tale landscape. There is a big if to that: visit these pools before 8 A.M. as the tourists come trash this place around 9 A.M..
I parked my car at the Glen Brittle Car Park and started to walk towards the Black Cuillins, as my goal was to head up at least halfway these mountains. I needed to be back at my car around 1 P.M., since I booked a tour at the Talisker Distillery a little later (those of you who know me, or read this blog regularly know I am a big whisky drinker). If by any chance have read my previous posts on Scotland (Edinburgh, North Berwick, Highlands, Neist Point, and the Quiraing) know that I try to avoid two things: tourists and midges.
Because it was a quiet calm morning, the midges were there, but not in great numbers. This gave me the chance for some photographs. Reaching the first pool, the many footprints in the mud were proof of the great number of tourists the other day. Not just that, pieces of candy wraps, empty soda cans, and a left flipflop were proof that some people don’t care about nature. I did not want my mood to be influenced by that, so after taking a picture, I followed the river towards it’s spring.
The beauty of this area is (as usual for Skye) very touching, and at that point I did not have to share it with anyone. Fantastic!
And as the sun rose, the hills behind me turned deep golden. Blue and gold being complementary colours, this was great for photography. Choosing a warm colour in the foreground, and a cold colour in the background (or vise versa) is one of the tools photographers have to add a sense of depth to a picture. Hence, I found myself a good angle with a cool foreground and the warm sunrise in the back, while nature made it easy for me to take a good photo. Again, I felt so happy being at this beautiful place!
The hike took me closer to the mountains, and slowly the path started to become less accessible. This also meant that the amount of litter decreased, as most people turn around before it gets too difficult.
It took me a couple of hours to walk only 3 KM or so, because I spent a lot of time taking pictures. After about a 4 KM hike, the path disappeared, and I had to walk on rocks and loose scree. It must have been around 9 A.M. that I saw the first tourist catching up, but I saw him turning around, when the path stopped.
After reaching halfway the mountain, I too decided this was far enough. Nobody knew where I was that day (not clever, on a hike, always tell your family what path you are planning to follow), and with only rocks to climb, it started to get a bit dangerous. I had to turn back anyway, as my next stop was Talisker!
I hiked back to my car and reached the Fairy Pools one more time. It was crowded! Thousands of people (maybe hundreds, but it felt like a lot) littering the place, making noise and walking with their iPads in front of their heads (why look on a display, when the real deal is right in front of you?). I picked up the tempo, as the switch from utter tranquillity to absolute chaos was too much, and almost ran to my car to drive off to the distillery.
The Talisker Distillery located in Carbost, on the Isle of Skye. A own a couple of their whiskies, which I enjoy when I am in the mood for some smoky and peated whisky. I did a tour that I booked in advance, and I was happy I did. It was a popular destination! Entrance to the Distillery is 8 pounds, however, there is an easy trick to get in free: Become a “Friend of the Classic Malts“!
After my church-like experience (the distillery is a holy place to me 😉 ), I had a little time left before sunset. Because the midges screwed up my plans yesterday, I decided to retry taking a picture of the Old Bridge in Sligachan, only a 15 minute drive from Carbost. This time I had better luck!
At sunset I drove off to Talisker Bay, for a few shots before the day ended.
With a fantastic sunset, Skye had treated me well again. Great weather, beautiful Fairy Pools, and great light for photography.
Thanks Skye, for another great day! And thank you reader, for checking out my Blog! Feel free to post a message in the comments, and share your beautiful pictures with me!
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