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Oronsay

Oronsay From Ullinish Point

Oronsay From Ullinish Point

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.)

Path Through Rock

Path Through Rock

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.

Cuillins In The Distance

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.

Rubha Nan Clach

Rubha Nan Clach

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.

Ullinish Point From Oronsay

Ullinish Point From Oronsay

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B&B + Photography Tuition

One of the reasons for moving to Skye was to enjoy the fantastic opportunities for photography that are to be found here. The great variety of landscapes, the wildlife, the sea and lochs, the magical qualities of light, the friendly and welcoming people, the fresh seafood, the colours and the weather all drew me here. Now that we are settled we want to share the delights of Skye and Sleat with you.

We have a very comfortable room available for B&B guests. It has a lovely view of the Sound of Sleat and the mountains of Knoydart beyond. It can be made up with two singles, or with one super kingsize bed. In preparing your breakfast we use fresh, local produce. We have good mobile phone reception and a good broadband connection (for Skye.) For your evening meals there are excellent pubs restaurants nearby. Alternatively, we can also offer you a delicious evening meal if you let us know in advance.

Bedroom

The photography tuition will be tailored around your level of experience and your particular interests. We can concentrate on one particular kind of photography, or you can pursue a range of subjects. I can teach you how to improve your processing skills with Lightroom and Photoshop. We can also explore how to use the settings available on your camera. I will present you with various options that you can choose from. They may involve easy strolls along a mountain stream, or a challenging a hike to a remote location. It’s all up to you, and, to some extent, the weather!

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We offer a package that includes two nights bed & breakfast and one day of photography tuition at your own level and pace for the low season price of £175 for one person, or £225 for two. It also includes transport to some of the fantastic locations on Skye where the tuition will take place. If you don’t want to bring your own car we can pick you up from the Armadale ferry, or the Kyle of Lochalsh train station. Longer stays with or without more photography tuition can be arranged.

Please have a look at my other blog posts about Skye for ideas about what and where you would like to explore on Skye.

Email ruud@ruudseye.com for more information, availability and booking.

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Skye Is The Limit

There has been a distinct lack of activity on my website for a while, but there was a good reason for this silence. My mind was elsewhere and I exchanged the mouse for a paintbrush and screwdriver for a while. As some of you will know we have long dreamed about a move to Scotland. Over the last few years the dream morphed into a plan and a few months ago the plan became reality. We are now the proud owner/occupiers of An Doras Dearg, a former crofters cottage on Skye.

An Doras Dearg

An Doras Dearg is Gealic for The Red Door

Painting the door red was one of the first things we did (thanks Fred!) and we are very pleased with the result. We have lived here now for a few months and have enjoyed every minute of it. As a photographer I cannot think of a better place to be. I knew the island pretty well before the move, but exploring it in detail and sharing the beauty I encounter is a joy. We have been blessed with a bit of an Indian summer, with bright sunny days and temperatures of 18 Celcius at the end of October. That was a great introduction to Skye weather, but I know it won’t last forever. In fact, it is grey and raining this morning, but the good thing about Skye weather is that it can change very quickly and tomorrow promises to have some more sunshine.

I have been thinking about some of the business opportunities for photographers that exist on Skye and have some exiting news to share with you in my next post.

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