A crisp Friday morning in the north east of Scotland: 6am alarms and the chirping of birds signalled the start of the day and that of the weekends’ trip to the Isle of Skye. Our adventure mobiles for the weekend, two 1970’s VW campervans, were provided by View from the Slow Lane from Forfar, where our journey commenced.
Our yellow and green motorhomes had the pleasure of picking up a bunch of creatives on route to the island. Photographers and artists including Ellis O’Connor, Berries, Robbie Singer and Ali Horne as well as filmmaker Michael Hunter joined the crew for the action packed weekend to document the experience.
The drive to the Isle of Skye is always long, but fun none the less with dramatic scenery around most corners. We stopped at various spots along the way, including the iconic Glen Coe and Eilean Donan Castle. Scotland’s most photographed castle at sunset was a beautiful scene and an experience all of us won’t forget anytime soon.
After the castle we ventured onto the island and set up camp for the night just north of Broadford. Guitars playing, card games and singing ensued late into the night, with new faces becoming friends in the space of a day.
First up on our list of places to go on the Saturday was Glen Brittle, well known for the Fairy Pools. However, we ventured off the beaten path and headed to Eas Mor waterfall which, enshrouded by clouds with the towering black Cuillin mountains behind, created a dramatic backdrop to photograph and document.
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We then headed towards the main town of Portree for lunch and to get snacks and supplies for the nights’ camping. Camaraderie was high as we progressed north on the island to the more touristy spots: past the infamous Old Man of Storr and Kilt Rock to our resting spot for the rest of the day: the Quiraing.
Created by a massive landslide, this area of Skye to us is the most beautiful place in the whole island, maybe even in the whole country. The road between Staffin and Uig has to be repaired annually due to the rockfall and is constantly busy with tourists attracted to the natural beauty of the surroundings.
With the light fading, we headed back to our VW vans to cook dinner. The Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ ‘By the Way’ could be heard for miles and miles as the group sang for one last time together on the island. With weary heads we finally made our way to tents and sleeping bags in the campervans for an early rise the next day.
The last morning was spent enjoying the sunrise with the stunning views over the Trotternish Peninsula before we had to say goodbye to the island and make our way back to the mainland. Saying our farewells was tough, but the memories from the weekend will last long and bring a smile to all our faces in the future, that’s for sure!
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