I took approximately 1000 photos and videos during my three days in Skye, admittedly I’ve just bought an iPhone 6s and many of those were accidental on the ‘Burst’ feature, but still, it’s taken me a while to look through them.

Lunging at Glenfinnan

Skye is one of the most scenic places I’ve ever been. Every way you looked there was more Instagrammable beauty luring me in, tempting me with its brown hues, purple fauna and every-blue-on-the-spectrum waters. The earthy autumnal colours of the land from a mild December made for a beautiful palette, and the area had recently been shaken up by the passing Storm Frank just a few days before giving a rugged and rough look, although when I mentioned it ‘the look’ is apparently standard.

Photos of Skye

We were lucky. I went 2-5 January and the visibility was perfect. We could see out to the other islands from our viewpoints and the rain held off. The cold wind though, jeez, I took some videos and you can’t even hear what I’m saying the wind is carrying my voice away. I was worried I’d get blown away at some points – good job I ate all those delicious fish and chips and Highland beef burgers along the way to keep me grounded.

1/ Glenfinnan

Glenfinnan Views

2/ James Bond’s birthplace

James Bond land

3/ Roads of Skye

Roads of Skye

4/ Black Cuillin Mountains, and meeee

On the bridge at Black Cuilllin

5/ Sheep of Skye

Isle of Skye Sheep

6/ Rabbies tour bus

Rabbies Tour Bus Isle of Skye

7/ Mealt Falls

Mealt Falls Isle of Skye

8/ Accommodation in Portree

Accommodation for the night

9/ Neist Point

Yoga at Nieste Point

10/ Neist Point Lighthouse

Lighthouse at Niest Point

11/ Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

12/ And Neist Point again, the pathway

Niest Point pathway

Isle of Skye with Rabbies

I was travelling in a group with Rabbies – their USP is that the van is a 16-seater so compared to the big Highlander tours we saw going through we were more nifty, able to stop where we wanted and go to lesser known spots, such as the Fairy Glen for example. It also meant we were quicker at rest stops, with less people to hang around for. I did the three-day tour, it was a lot of driving but the fact that I wasn’t responsible for any of it meant that I could just relax and look out the window at the incredible Highlands rolling out in front of me.

Travelling to Skye

If you want to travel to Skye independently, and don’t have time for Edinburgh first, fly into Inverness and hire a car. Make sure your Des is a confident driver though, I wouldn’t fancy navigating the winding roads and rogue sheep. The rewards of being able to stop where and when you want will make it all worth it though.

Skye for 2016?

I was in Skye thanks to Edinburgh’s Hogmanay – supported by ETAG, The Scottish Government, VisitScotland, Edinburgh Festivals, Marketing Edinburgh, Rabbies Tours and co-creators Haggis Adventures. Created and produced by Unique Events. As always, all opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

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