Isle of Skye – Scotland (Video)

Looking around YouTube today, we found this very nice short video on the Isle of Skye in the Scottish Highlands.

The video takes in Uig, the very picturesque Cuith Raing or Quiraing which is located on the Northern part of Skye (Trotternish Ridge). Then there’s Kilt Rock and Kilt Rock falls, Portree, a glimpse of the The ferry from Skye to Bernera, and finally on the Scottish mainland, Shiel Bridge and the must-see Eilean Donan Castle, Kyle of Lochalsh. All grand things to see on a tour of Scotland’s Highlands!

Here’s a map showing the key places:


View The Isle of Skye in a larger map

Introduction to the Scottish Highlands

Welcome to my first podcast! Today I’d like to tell you a little bit about myself, Iona Highland Tours, and the wonderful Scottish Highlands.

 

Later today!!

Later today, I am hoping to move the website forward with a podcast.  For all those of you that know me, you know how I love to chatter and talk.  Lol I have finally found a good place to fulfill my need.

In today’s world we all need to evolve and move forward in business, so with the invention of all the social media sites, the web sites and now pod casting its been a huge learning curve for me, (with the help of Gary Allman)  not that I am complaining in the slightest, I have enjoyed every minute of it, I have thought long and hard about adding a podcast to the site, what will I talk about? would it be of interest to anyone? and I have come to the conclusion, there is more to talk about than I had ever imagined.  I live in a place in the world, that has beauty, and history, it has romance and danger, excitement and never ending stories.

In the Highlands there is nothing people like better than to share a myth or two, to sit and tell you all the stories of the past clan wars, or how the five sisters got its name.  Stories to intrigue you, legends to enthrall you and now I am going to share some of them with you via podcast’s.

The first one a brief introduction to the Highlands will be added to the site later today, and then I plan on doing around one a week, covering some of the history and myths on the local areas,

This is not to take place of the pictures and stories of our tours that we already have but to enhance them.

The Heather is in bloom!!

How pretty the heather looks as a purple wave of colour crosses the Glens in the Highlands of Scotland.   I have noticed on the Isle of Skye it is further along and seems to have more colour.

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Heather on the Isle of Skye

As we went to Eilean Donan castle I looked at the plants growing on the side of the pathway from the rear car park to the main entrance. The colours were fabulous.

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The flowers on the garden at Eilean Donan Castle garden

I love looking at all the colours, the different greens of the trees and grasses in the glens and on the mountains and hills, the flowers on the houses of streets and the flowering tubs and baskets in each village in the Scottish Highlands as a lot of the villages compete for Britain in Bloom.

 

Wester Ross in the Scottish Highlands

On the west coast of the highlands of Scotland are some of the best views the Scottish highlands has to offer in my opinion.

12 miles outside Ullapool towards Gairloch at Braemore junction is Corrieshallock gorge, a very deep waterfall of 60m, formed at the end of the last ice age.  There are viewing platforms that challenge those not happy with heights but is a must see all the same, and is one of my popular highland tours.

Onward to Gairloch, through small villages such as Aultbea and Poolewe, there are a lot of photo opportunities along the way and views that will take your breath away.

Once in Gairloch, go on a boat trip to see the local wild life, this is a wonderful site to show you the wildlife on the coast and visit the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust.

The Beach at Gairloch Beach, on the Wild coastal Trail, Scotland. www.ionahighlandtours.com

The beach at Gairloch Road

After Gairloch follow the coastal road to Plockton and the Kyle of Lochalsh the road from Applecross to Lochcarron is spectacular. I know this isn’t a journey you will do in one day but if you have the time, it really is worth doing.

 

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Iona Highland Tours Customers June 2013

Summer Nights

I went for a drive this evening to Rogie falls, I went to try to get a picture of a salmon.  I spent about an hour there waiting, I saw two salmon the first I didn’t get on camera the second I got on video but it was too poor a quality to show.  I enjoyed the evening run stopping to take pictures of things that show me summer is here.  Fields that have already been harvested and left to dry.

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Hay bales in the Highlands of Scotland

More wonderful pictures from our tours, these are a mix from all the places we have been..

This is just a sample of some of the things we have seen and been to in the past few days.  I do so enjoy showing off the Highlands, there is always something new to see or do.  Right now the Salmon are jumping, so why not go to Rogie or Shin falls and see if you can catch a photograph I have tried but not succeeded as yet, maybe you will have better fortune.  If you do I would love to see it!!

Lochness Evening Tour

Dunrobin castle near Glenmorangie Distillary

Dunrobin Castle

Wow I haven’t been to Dunrobin Castle in a long time,  but off we went, we particularly wanted to see the Falconry display which was at 11.30 am  it was a bit hit and miss but we got there only five minutes late. (it was a last minute decision) What a great choice it was, the sun was out the display was wonderful, look on pinterest later for the pics.  on the Way back we stopped at my favourite out of town cafe for some home made food and banofee pie,  at Tomich.

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Dunrobin castle