Weekly Photo Challenge: A long way to the Edge

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Neist Point Lighthouse

Neist Point Lighthouse

One of the most amazing places in Isle of Skye- The Neist Point. Beautiful cliff edges, a poised and long zig zag way to reach the end 🙂

Lake District

Lake District

One of the beautiful hill in Lake District. A Zig Zag way takes you the edge of a mountain.

In response to : http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/zigzag/

 

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Elgol Village

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Isle of Skye has no shortages of picturesque villages, get-away for a calm and quiet holiday, local food, lakes, mountains. Elgol is one such village lies on the shore of river Scavaig, with holiday cottages, wild camping sites, two restaurants and boat trip services to near by islands. You want to be away from city commotion, pack a bag pack and stay in Elgol for that peace, stroll around the shore. One of the many beautiful places in Isle.

Elgol Lake Shore

Elgol Lake Shore

 

Whimsical Loch Coruisk

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Loch Coruisk

 A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature. ~Henry David Thoreau

The lines above holds true meaning for the Loch Coruisk. It is one of the most beautiful fresh water lake lying at the foot of Black Cuillins and surrounded by other small islands makes it even more enchanting.

There are a couple of ways to get to this lock either by trekking from Sligachan or from Elgol (but you will have to cross the very famous Bad Step to get to the loch) or via boat trip from Elgol Village. Easiest way is a boat trip, and there is Bella Jane Boat Trips and Misty Isle Boat Trips that offers various packages for boat trips around various islands.

Pack some lunch, carry Midges repellent and get on to the boat for a mystical ride around the loch. The boat trip organizers will give you good information around the islands around, will take you through seal colony and then drop you at lock to explore it on foot.

We spent a good two hours on the loch and loved it. As per our boat man, Scavaig river flows through here and it is the smallest river of Europe.

Sharing some pictures instead of words to describe the beauty of this place.

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A walk to Coral Beach

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Coral Beach

Coral Beach

We visited Coral Beach on a sunny day at Isle of Skye. It is one of the popular walk in Claigan just north of Isle of Skye and a very beautiful coastal location.

The beach is made from crushed white coral that makes the water look blue when the sun comes out.

Road ending at Claigan will have a car park (no parking fee), and walk to Coral Beach starts at this point. It is 3miles walk to get to the beach, the whole walk is pretty much straight forward and suitable for any weather.

Sharing some pictures with you guys, hope you will like it.

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May be you can complete your visit by Dunvegan Castle on the way for a nice day trip. You will get to read about fairy myths and ofcourse Clans.

 

Hike to Ben Nevis- Britain’s Highest Mountain

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It was two months ago when me and hubby were watching this series on Mountains by Griff Rhys Jones. It was about mountains in england, Wales, Scotland the highest peaks, challenge associated and the surrounding mystical landscape. Till that moment I had no idea about the Ben Nevis or being it a highest mountain. But without a blink it was a mutual decision that Yes!! We are going to hike Ben Nevis Summit this summer!

At Ben Nevis Summit

At Ben Nevis Summit

Sometimes you don’t have to go through your bucket list to check what is next. You just add spontaneously something in to your list and that’s how on 28th June 14, we were on the summit of Ben Nevis.

It is a beautiful hike of 17Kms with some magnificent views around, that pushes you to walk further up. But once you complete the Summit, that rigorous walk of 8 hours gets replaced by sweet pain of accomplishment. You have a mixed feeling of happiness, proud and not to forget soreness :):)

Few pictures from our Hike.

Breath Taking View

Breath Taking View

I was not even Half way through till this point.

Not yet Half way through till this point.

As we climbed Up, View Was Getting More Awesome

As we climbed Up, View Was Getting More Awesome

Temp dropped down to -5 Degrees

Temp dropped down to -5 Degrees

It is true that one can rarely get a clear view from the Summit and it happened with us as well. As we were reaching towards Summit, there was snow and the whole thing was covered by thick clouds.

So once you reach at top of Britain, you will not be able to view anything down 🙂

Near to Summit, Everything is covered with Clouds

Near to Summit, Everything is covered with Clouds

Few details if anyone is planning to hike Ben Nevis:

1.Accommodation: Fort William is the perfect base. If you love camping as much as us, I will suggest you to stay at Glen Nevis Holidays Park. The location is awesome and it is cheap, you will be put up right at the foothill of Ben Nevis, over looking Ben Nevis Peak. Hike to Ben Nevis starts from visitor centre that is just 0.5 miles away from this site.

2. On hike: Waterproofs ( never forget them, it can rain or snow, never trust mountains weather), map, compass, water bottle, small snack box, fleece, thermal socks, walking poles, whistle, torch, mini first aid kit and most importantly a good walking boots.

3. Insect Repellent : Summer is great in highlands, but beware it’s Midges time. This tiny insect will suck the blood out of you, make sure you apply this creams or use a net.

4. A good level of fitness is required as it is not an easy mountain. You will be steeply climbing up till Summit and while returning, it’s a steep descend all the way till down. So tone up those muscles around knees, calves,feet.

5.Take a map along with and make sure, you are on a correct path that takes you up via Five Finger Gully and not via North Face. To climb Ben Nevis via North Face is a serious mountaineering experience.

6. Once completed the Summit, there is a nice Ben Nevis Pub right near to visitor centre. A pint will be a good way to celebrate.

Please free to get in touch with me if you need any specific information regarding hike or Fort Williams.

Beautiful Neist Point

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Neist Point

Neist Point

So what exactly was in my mind when I was standing at this majestic beautiful cliff.

“And if these mountains had eyes, they would wake to find two strangers in their fences, standing in admiration as a breathing red pours its tinge upon earth’s shore. These mountains, which have seen untold sunrises, long to thunder praise but stand reverent, silent so that man’s weak praise should be given God’s attention.”

This breathtaking place on the Isle of Skye is called Neist Point, the most westerly point of Skye. It is in Dunvegan and to require to walk 3kms to reach that point. The walk is on a tarmacadamed path for most of the way, and there are no difficulties with navigation. It includes a very steeply downhill walk, hand rails are provided to offer help. But once you reach the point, believe me every heart beat and breath is worth it.

It is a very popular place in Isle of Skye, a very touristy place but still you will find a Solace here. Also it is one of best place to watch sunset.

A perfect spot to just sit down and watch the world!!! You don’t believe me may be the pictures will prove my point. Again thanks to Ash who captured these beautiful moments of our lives.

Neist Point Lighthouse

Neist Point Lighthouse

Stallion's Head at the back

Stallion’s Head at the back

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Point of Sleat & Unseen Camas Daraich Beach

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Last Sunday I was at one of the most beautiful Islands of the world i.e. Isle of Skye – The Mystical Island. And believe me it lives upto its name. It is in true sense a mesmerizing and hypnotic landscape of nature, it takes your breath away. And to add to the topping it was a bright sunny day.

Isle of Skye (an t-Eilean Sgiathanach in Gaelic) takes its name from the old Norse sky-a, meaning ‘cloud island’, a Viking reference to the often mist-enshrouded Cuillin Hills.

You can reach Isle of Skye via road or water. We (Me & Ash) wanted to enjoy the scenery of both ways so decided to arrive from Mallaig to Armadale via ferry and return via Skye Bridge.

Armadale on Skye’s southern Sleat Peninsula is a small township and often people forget to explore this side of the town. We planned to visit Point of Sleat and Camas Daraich Beach(Sandy Bay). This is the most southerly point of Skye and requires a 3km hike to reach those points. Most of the walk include up and down on the hills, a boggy path and lot of midges attack if it is not windy and have not applied any midge repellent.

On the same way, there is a not very much seen beach named Camas Daraich, not many people know about it and it is not at all touristy. It’s a calm, clean, sandy beach – perfect for a swim on a sunny day. On a lucky day, Point of Sleat is also a perfect place to spot any dolphins, whale or seals.

Sharing few pictures of the first day at Isle of Skye.

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I hope you will enjoy the post and anyone interested in getting further information, please feel free to leave your comments.