Monday, 15 July 2013

Summer on Skye: Rubha Hunish


One of our favourite walks on Skye is out to Rubha Hunish, the most northerly tip of the Isle of Skye {here's some photos of the same walk from May 2011}. Along the way there's a castle, an abandoned village, a bothy {which was an old coastguard hut}, a steep scramble down cliffs, seal-spotting, lots of nesting birds and perhaps even dolphins & minke whales. Here's what we saw a few weeks ago...

To Erisco {the abandoned village}...

Duntulm Castle {Can you tell I've been having lots of fun with filters & photoshop actions?}
Looking behind towards the Quiraing
We spotted this strange looking tug close to the shore {It looked like Howl's Moving Castle!}
You can just see Erisco, the abandoned village of houses (now piles of stones) in a line. The village housed all the coastguard workers that worked in the coastguard station, and became abandoned when modern technologies replaced eyes and there was no longer work for them.

Highlan' Coo!

Towards the Quiraing


The Old Coastguard Hut, now a Bothy, where you can spend the night/take shelter, see the Mountain Bothies Association for more info!

 The Shiant Islands (read Adam Nicolson's great book 'Sea Room' which details all about them when he inherited the islands from his father!)

Scrambling down to the headland (the most northerly point on Skye!)

 Amazing Cliffs

 Rubha Hunish 

 Thrift, Thrift, Thrift everywhere!

You can just see the diagonal path we scrambled down!
Such amazing geology, what an unbelievable amount of incredible energy there had to be to create you!

We spotted lots of seals, popping their heads up, they're so curious! I also spotted some dolphins arching their backs out of the water, an incredible sight {no one else saw them, you've got to keep your eyes peeled at all times!}

 Sailboat Ahoy!
Around the headland we go...

Beautifully blue calm sea

Seabird spotting; cormorants, guillemots and nesting birds, oh my! {we had to lie down to see them over the cliffs, so we didn't fall over the edge!}

Lots of sea stacks around the headland, the land is always ever-changing by the sea {nothing lasts forever, not even the mountains, as Brett Dennen would sing}

You can see why it's such a favourite walk, you always see something different and the wildlife is fantastic!

1 comment:

  1. The strange construction you saw was part of the new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizebeth.