Ancient castles, amazing scenery, home of the legendary MacLeod and MacDonald Clans and immersed in Celtic lore the Isle of Skye is a must visit destination at least once in a lifetime. It’s Scotland Travel at it’s best!
I’d like to thank Piazza Pozzobon for sharing these photos with me under a creative commons license so that we can all share in the raw elegance of places not many of us will ever see in person. Piazza, a native of London in the UK, traveled across the Isle of Skye in 2007 and these travel photos are a good display of Scotland’s rugged beauty.
1. A Waterfall at Kilt Rock
Skye is the largest and northern most Island of the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. This cliff face is referred to as having Kilt Rock because of the appearance of patters in it’s 350ft face as you can see at the top of this photo.
2. Stone Ruins on the shores of the Isle of Skye
The Isle of Skye was once under Norse rule long before the Leod and Donald clans emerged dominant. This abandoned stone building was probably used by the later given its design but when visiting the Island you can’t help but feel the ancient aura that surrounds it, especially when you see stone ruins like this.
3. Eilean Donan Castle
On a clear day you can see the Isle of Skye in the distance from Eilean Donan Castle. Eilean Donan is said to be the most photographed castle in all of Scotland and with it’s storied history perhaps that’s how it should be. It was originally built in 1220 as defense against the vikings.
4. Inside Eilean Donan Castle
This is how the inside of Eilean Donan Castle looks after being restored between 1919 and 1932 by Lt. Col. John MacRae-Gilstrap. Before the restoration the castle was left battle damaged and abandoned for roughly 200 years.
5. Several pictures of the rugged Scottish Highlands
6. Farming in the Highlands
Farming has always been a way of life in the highlands. Some Highland farm animals, like this Highland Coo, look quite different than you might be used to. No, that’s not a picture of you looking in the mirror in the morning, it’s a Scottish breed of cattle with long horns and a shaggy pelt.
7. Well of the Dead – (some little known history)
The Macgilivray clan was one of the oldest clans forming part of the Chattan Confederation. Ferquhard MacAllister acquired a right to the lands of Dunmaglass in 1626 and the MacGillivray clan would lead the Chattan Confederation in battle during the Jacobite uprisings. In 1746 at the battle of Cullodden Chief Alexander MacGillivray was shot through the heart and his body was dumped along with many other dead into a pit. Several weeks later some of his friends found and removed his body from the pit and buried it nearby.
8. Dunkeld Cathedral, Resting Place of The Wolf of Badenoch
Alexander Stewart, the Earl of Dunkeld, was buried below his armored effigy in 1405 inside Dunkeld Cathedral. Alexander was the fourth son of King Robert II of Scotland and he earned his nickname thanks to his notorious cruelty although no proof of it exists today. The Cathedral, located on the north bank of the River Tay in Dunkeld, Perth and Kinross, still stands and the area is still used today.
Interesting fact: Construction on the Cathedral began in 1260 but wasn’t completed until 1501, 241 years later. The resulting architecture includes different features made popular in different centuries. The original monastery dates back to the late 6th century.
The history of the Scottish Highlands is extremely varied and interesting. It would take a scholar many many years to begin to understand the way of life so long ago and so it’s beyond my ability to share much in one article, but I wish I could. Have you visited the Scottish Highlands?
A parting word, if you plan a trip to visit the Scottish Highlands sometime in the near future make sure you include a place called Morag’s Lodge on the banks of Loch Ness. What better way is there to hear more of the Highlander way than to actually be there and hearing it over some local brew?