Yesterday’s walk took me to Oronsay, an island in Loch Bracadale in the northwest of Skye. The weather was dull grey, but it was dry at least. The overcast and threatening sky is best reflected with the above HDR treatment of the landscape. Oronsay actually means ‘tidal island’ so it is not surprising that there are dozens of places of that name in Scotland and at least two of them are on Skye. It was a bit of a spur of the moment thing so I had not looked up what time the tide would be out and the island accessible across the pebbly dam. After a short, boggy walk and startling some rabbits and sheep. I got to Ullinish Point and saw that I was lucky. I could walk across and the sea was receding (I did wait a while to observe which way the tide was going.)
In the picture above you can see the path cutting through the rock cliff. It seemed man made, but I cannot imagine why someone would go to all that trouble.
There are some good cliffs and spectacular views on the island. Looking back south, the Cuillin ridge was visible above the houses of Fiskavaig. I wonder whether at one time there was a hill fort on the island as there was a sort of dike, clearly man made, that could have served as a protective wall in front of the higher part of the island.
After a look at the views from the top it was time to go back, long before being cut off and stuck on Oronsay for 6 hours or more.